Western Isles Council is looking for a private sector partner to help it further develop the proposals for their Outer Hebrides energy supply company. The contract is to develop a business plan and Heads of Commercial Terms which would form the basis for a final agreement to be in place by the end of Summer 2015, by which time an energy supply company should be fully incorporated as an independent entity. The requirement is to enable the council to enter into an agreement with a UK licensed supplier to develop a durable, competitive electricity tariff which could be offered to the local community. The Western Isles suffer from some of the highest levels of fuel poverty in the UK. Deadline for bids is by 30 June 2015.