MSPs take fact finding tour of SSE

Members of the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee have visited SSE’s Perth headquarters to learn more about our business and gain more in-depth insight into the often complex workings of the energy industry, to help their future work scrutinising Scotland’s energy policy. 

MSPs on the cross-party committee have responsibility for scrutinising Scottish Government policies and expenditure in relation to a range of matters including energy, so taking steps to stay well informed on this subject is an important part of committee business.

During the visit Members discussed the future of onshore wind in Scotland, how power is restored during storms and the wide range of help and assistance we can offer our customers across Scotland.  Another key area of interest was SSE’s sector-leading sustainability credentials, including our commitments to tax transparent (and the Fair Tax Mark), creating sustainable jobs and apprenticeships and building a more gender diverse workforce.

The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee Convener, Gordon Lindhurst MSP, said: “As part of our scrutiny of energy and climate change policy, the Committee is working to understand the energy industry. We want to hear views from a wide range of energy providers, and it’s hugely helpful to speak to people with direct, ‘on the ground’ experience of the industry.”

Christine MacKenzie, SSE’s Public Affairs Manager for Scotland, said: “Homes and businesses across Scotland benefit from a reliable and sustainable energy system. We were delighted to welcome the Committee to answer their questions, discuss the work we do for our customers and give our perspectives on how we can continue to ensure Scotland’s energy needs are met.”