Aberdeen City council is looking at setting up an energy service company which could potentially be involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of energy, as well as supporting services such as energy efficiency, energy savings, renewable energy and emissions reductions. However, whether the company will be a public sector organisation, private sector organisation or a joint venture between two or more organisations has yet to be decided. The new council is also yet to confirm whether the venture will operate on a for profit or on a not for profit basis. Costs of preparing the business plan – which will include a proposed structure for the company, as well as staff, funding and resource requirements – are expected to be in the region of £30,000-£45,000, the council said. The plans for an energy firm follow the unveiling of Aberdeen’s sustainable energy action plan, which was approved by the council in May with the aim of reducing carbon emissions across the city by 31 per cent by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2030 against a 2005 baseline. Initiatives included in the plan include the development of an energy from waste combined heat and power plant at Tullos, as well as an anaerobic digestion facility and energy centre that are being developed as part of Aberdeen’s plans for a new conference centre.