Promise of jobs from reneweables

ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey has welcomed comments from Energy Minister Fergus Ewing that the local area may be in line for a potential spin-off of tens of thousands of jobs as a result of the green energy revolution under way in Scotland.

Mr Dey raised the matter with the Minister in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday following a statement on the creation of a renewable energy investment fund, utilising the Fossil Fuel Levy moneys. Mr Ewing said the likely legacy of Scotland’s commitment to renewable energy would see an enormous jobs windfall for Angus and its neighbouring east coast counties.

The MSP said: “I am sure that people across Angus will welcome the opportunity to see thousands more jobs created as a result of this government’s commitment to our world-leading renewables targets. The Energy Minister’s view is that we will be creating a jobs legacy that will last for centuries, providing an enormous boost for the local area in economic and social terms.

“Angus not only has tremendous natural assets, world-class sports facilities, tourist attractions, and a burgeoning food and drinks industry, but it is now in line to benefit substantially from Scotland’s age of renewables.”

He concluded: “This is a welcome commitment from the Minister and I very much look forward to seeing these jobs come to fruition.”