Call for state-owned power supplier to be based in the north

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Power company should be based in the Highlands

PLANS BY THE Scottish Government to establish a state-owned energy supply company should include it being located in the Highlands.

That is according to Green MSP John Finnie, who represents the Highlands and Moray at Holyrood.

Mr Finnie referred to plans outlined by the First Minister to establish a public owned energy company in October last year. It was a Scottish Government response to rising fuel poverty in many parts of Scotland – including Moray and the Highlands.

Mr Finnie says the company should be based in his region, which he states will become the engine room of Scotland’s green economy.

The MSP said: “The Highlands and Moray has the potential to become the engine room of Scotland’s sustainable future, yet suffers from some of the highest rates of fuel poverty.

“It is my hope that communities in the region are able to share in the benefits of the sustainable energy produced in their area and enjoy the benefits that will come with a move to a publicly owned, renewable powered energy company.

“I have written to the Scottish Government urging them to base their new public energy company in the Highlands. There are many excellent sites across the region which would make an excellent home for the new company and allow the area to capitalise on the abundance of skilled jobs which can be created in Scotland’s new economy.”