Scottish Power chief urges today’s students to take up the Scottish energy challenge

Ignacio Galan
Ignacio Galan

The chairman and chief executive of the company which owns Scottish Power is urging today’s students to take up the challenges faced by the energy sector today, in particular that of developing technology to help ensure a more sustainable world for future generations. He said: ‘Scotland has a proud tradition in this regard’.

Delivering the James Blyth lecture – named after the Scots engineer who patented and last century built the world’s first working wind turbine at a mental asylum in Montrose – Ignacio Galan said:  “Scotland and Scottish engineers have a long history of leading the world in engineering innovation.

“Glasgow and Scotland are still leading the way in sectors like renewable energy, with multinational companies setting up here to tap-in to this stream of engineering talent,” he said.

“With huge global investments to decarbonise the energy sector and modernise electricity grids, engineering graduates have a world of opportunities in front of them. Demand for good engineers is far greater than the supply and we are one of very few sectors offering lifelong career opportunities and employment.”

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