Aberdeen to set up energy services company

Aberdeen City Council has agreed progress plans to set up arms-length energy company, which will manage all the local authority’s energy-related activity.

It is hoped the company will benefit the council’s objectives of improving energy efficiency and alleviating fuel poverty. The costs for the business plan are estimated to be in the region of £30,000-£45,000.

The council have also revealed that the company will have the option to expand and develop energy related services over time.

Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council leader, said: “The Energy Services Company will give help ensure the council becomes a leader in the energy market, and will in turn help attract new expertise to the area. It will also help to tackle fuel poverty, while at the same time investing in local clean energy, boosting jobs and growth in the local economy.”

In May 2016, the council approved Powering Aberdeen – Aberdeen’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan which aims to cut carbon emissions across the city by 31 per cent by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2030. The plan proposes actions in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy from waste, district heating, alleviation of fuel poverty and sustainable transport.