Fulfilling a critical role across the island of Ireland

SSE and its committed employees are working hard to support the safe and reliable supply of electricity at local, regional and national level, on which the people and organisations whose work is critical to the Coronavirus response depend. In doing so, it’s vital that we ensure the wellbeing of our employees while maintaining our operational effectiveness.

In this dynamic situation, we are closely following government announcements and collaborating with government authorities across Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

Following announcements in recent days that people should work from home unless it is essential for them to attend the workplace, we have been working through what this means for SSE and in particular how we are identifying those critical roles across our operations in Ireland which are required to maintain critical services.

SSE is currently deeming its critical activity on the island of Ireland to relate to that which is:

  • Essential to the safe and reliable generation and supply of electricity in the medium term.
  • Protecting the public – through the provision of electricity, gas, energy services and streetlighting.
  • Directly supporting organisations critical to the Coronavirus response and SSE’s own Coronavirus response.  
  • Providing support for vulnerable customers, including those customers we supply directly with energy.

Our designation of critical activity and critical employees is consistent with the list of essential services published by the Irish Government on 28 March and also reflects UK government guidance.

All workers who can work from home are doing so. Where we can’t progress critical work remotely, we will work with our contract partners to ensure work is progressed safely and that we are sensitive to the needs and concerns of the communities that we serve.

Alistair Phillips-Davies, SSE Chief Executive, said:
“Our employees are playing a critical role in supporting the safe and reliable supply of electricity during this crisis. We are proud of the essential work that they do and as this situation evolves we will do everything we can to help communities, customers and wider society by providing the energy that they need. Working closely with governments and regulators, we are doing our best to minimise the impact.”