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Keeping the lights on across the region

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By Fiona Reid

MORE than £100m is to be invested in the region's electricity network over the next eight years, it has been announced.

SP Energy Networks, which owns and manages the network of cables and power lines for Dumfries and Galloway, has plans to modernise and reinforce the electricity network locally.

This will help to improve storm resilience, accommodate future customer requirements of the network and facilitate the transition to a low carbon network.
SP Energy Networks provides electricity to 83,000 homes in Dumfries and Galloway.
Newly appointed district manager Iain Steele, pictured, oversees a team based in Dumfries, who are 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.
He said: “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.”
The new model directly supports 100 jobs in the Dumfries area and a further 150 locally through SP Energy Networks supply chain.

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