SP Energy Networks, which owns and manages the network of cables and power lines for Dumfries and Galloway, has announced Iain Steele as the District Manager for the local area.
This is part of the company’s new business model, which will focus closely on the needs of local communities and will increase employment opportunities in the area.
The energy company is looking to invest more than £100m over the next 8 years across Dumfries and Galloway to modernise and reinforce the electricity network. This will help to improve storm resilience, accommodate future customer requirements of the network and facilitate the transition to a low carbon network. The new model directly supports 100 jobs in the Dumfries area and a further 150 locally through SP Energy Networks supply chain.
SP Energy Networks provides electricity to 83,000 homes in Dumfries and Galloway, and has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the communities it serves with the introduction of a new district business model. The new structure has strengthened the team based at the local Dumfries office. The team will be responsible for all matters affecting the local network, including keeping the lights on, connecting new customers to the network and all ongoing maintenance and refurbishment activities.
Key members of the local community were recently invited to the Dumfries and Galloway district office, where they met the local SP Energy Networks team. Attendees heard about plans to invest in the local network and ensure homes and businesses across the area access to power and rapid response from the SP Energy Networks in the event of a power emergency.
Recently the company has invested over £10 million to reinforce the network across Galloway, and through its contractors, the project has been utilising the services of recent graduates from an electrical power line technician training course at Dumfries and Galloway College.
Iain Steele SP Energy Networks District Manager for Dumfries and Galloway said: “Our new business structure will help to strengthen relationships with local communities in the area, help us to engage, understand and rapidly respond to customer needs and place the SP Energy Networks team at the heart of the communities we serve.
“Our teams will continue to work 24/7 all year round to keep the lights on, and the new structure will allow us to work more closely than ever with the local community and to adjust the way we operate according to the specific needs of the local people.”
For more information on the services SP Energy Networks provides to local communities across Dumfries and Galloway please visit spenergynetworks.co.uk, follow @SPEnergyNetwork on Twitter or like facebook.com/SPEnergyNetworks.