In November last year I used parliamentary questions to ask Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism for assurance that our region would benefit from the planned upgrade of the National Grid.
This significant investment by Scottish Power, a staggering £2.6 billion over 10 years, will connect renewables projects to the National Grid and is a direct result of the Scottish Government’s green energy policy.
I have been campaigning for communities in the region to engage with renewables firms to get the most out of Community Benefit Funds and I am keen for the south of Scotland to benefit from economic and employment opportunities arising from investment.
I am pleased that Scotland’s green energy policy is creating such massive economic opportunities for the south of Scotland. I am determined that the people who live here reap the benefits
Early indications are that this investment programme will bring further employment, with approximately 450 new directly associated jobs being needed and many other opportunities locally, including specialist training provision to meet the demand for trained linesmen in the area