The Scottish Green Party are calling on other parties and the Scottish government to back the idea of local energy companies. They say it will show that renewable energy is not just for tycoons and big business.
For the first time since last May's election the Greens have been offered debate time in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. The debate will take place today (29 March).
The Greens are urging the Scottish National Party government to assist in the development of such local companies.
The party's two MSPs say they are concerned that the role of public bodies, charities and community groups is being overlooked in the race to meet Scotland's energy targets.
"Scotland is on the verge of a transformation of our energy system,” said Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow, “But increasingly it seems discussions about renewable energy, particularly wind, don't get beyond the interests of big business and big egos".
The Greens say it is vital that “the green energy revolution serves the common good”.
“We're currently missing a trick by not supporting public bodies, community groups and charities to gain the economic benefits of renewable energy,” argued Harvie. "By using public assets to develop renewable energy, communities can generate their own funds and supply low cost electricity and heating to help keep bills down.”
The Greens have urged MSPs from other parties to support the concept of public energy companies at local authority level.
Harvie added, “Scotland has a great opportunity to lead the way and not just leave it to the market”.