Scottish MPs ignore home-grown energy suppliers to award EDF contract

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The Scottish Government's decision to hand a £600 million electricity deal to French energy supplierEDF Energy, snubbing Scotland's two biggest energy suppliers in the process, has been criticised, according to an article published by Scotsman.com.

SSE and ScottishPower - two of the big six energy companies - were overlooked, losing out on a three-year contract to supply most of Scotland's schools, council buildings and hospitals.

Reacting angrily over the decision, the two firms stated that they would not be able to bid for similar contracts offered by the French government; they also argued that such deals should be used to provide a boost for jobs "here at home."

Commenting on the decision, a spokesperson for ScottishPower stated: "ScottishPower submitted a very competitive bid and we are very disappointed not to be awarded the contract."

An SSE spokeswoman added: "It's a pity that Scottish companies can't compete to supply the French government."

The two big six energy suppliers had jointly held the previous contract; however, it has been claimed that the new deal with EDF will save taxpayers in Scotland at least £40 million. Claims have also suggested that the energy provided by EDF will be supplied 100 per cent from renewable energy sources.

Speaking about the agreement, infrastructure secretary Alex Neil commented: "This contract delivers excellent value to taxpayers and also guarantees that all the electricity supplied is generated from renewable sources."

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