Sturgeon makes massive U-turn as she admits nationalised energy plan WON’T solve crisis

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Ms Sturgeon walked back on campaign promises, admitting that households in the UK would still face an energy crisis even if the SNP Government had fulfilled its campaign promise to create a state-run energy firm. In 2017, she pledged to hand control over Scotland’s massive natural gas and wind power resources back to the people. However, during a visit to Aberdeen yesterday, the SNP leader blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for preventing her from fulfilling her promises.

She pointed fingers at the UK Government, arguing that any “meaningful intervention” would lie with them.

When asked why Scotland never got the promised state-owned energy firm, Ms Sturgeon said that the pandemic has “disrupted all sorts of things that governments across the world were planning to do”.

She added the Scottish Government would press ahead with “modified plans” in the form of a new national public energy agency.

She continued: “I think people should be clear that notwithstanding that – and it is right and proper for the Scottish Government to be scrutinised – had that been different, we would still be facing this energy crisis and the powers to make a meaningful intervention on that would still lie with the UK government.”

During a speech in 2017, Ms Sturgeon vowed to create the national company by the summer of 2021.

She said: “The idea, at its heart, is simple. Energy would be bought wholesale or ­generated here in Scotland – renewable, of course – and sold to customers as close to cost price as possible.

“No shareholders to worry about. No ­corporate bonuses to consider.

“It would give people, particularly those on low incomes, more choice and the option of a supplier whose only job is to secure the lowest price for consumers.

“We will set out more detail when we publish our new energy strategy.

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