RIP Cockenzie – you served Scotland well

I have to admit to a soft spot for power stations. Even smoke belching ones. Yes, I know they are bad for the environment, but I admire the engineering skill of those who built and operate them. I always enjoy a visit just to see the power of the turbines providing electricity to so many houses.

Today one of Scotland’s finest closes. Neil Clitheroe, ScottishPower’s CEO of energy retail and generation, said it was an important day for the workforce and the local community.

“It is the end of an era for ScottishPower and for the people at Cockenzie Power Station, who I would like to thank for all of their hard work and commitment over the last 45 years. Every man and woman who has ever been connected with the power station has played an important role in helping to keep the lights on in Scotland and across Great Britain. When Cockenzie became operational in 1967, the world was a very different place, but the station was designed to such a high standard that it played a pivotal role in maintaining the security of electricity supplies in Britain for more than four decades.”

Very well put Neil. We can and will debate the right balance of energy generation for the future, but let’s recognise the vital role Cockenzie played in keeping the lights on and the economy running in Scotland.

 

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