A public consultation on the establishment of a state-owned, not-for-profit energy company will get under way late next year, MSPs have heard.
Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse gave the commitment as he published the Scottish Government’s 2050 vision for energy.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced at the SNP conference in October that the idea would be taken forward by 2021 and promised more detail on the strategy.
Mr Wheelhouse told the Holyrood chamber it was “important to seek views and expertise as we further develop this proposal”.
He added: “Early feedback on the strategy consultation has been constructive and we’re grateful for this input. We today commit to a formal process of public consultation in the later part of 2018.”