Energy bosses explain winter plans to Scots MPs

Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid pictured with Stuart Hogarth and Bev Keogh from Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution.
Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid pictured with Stuart Hogarth and Bev Keogh from Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution.

Senior management at the company responsible for the power infrastructure on Bute, and across the Highlands and Islands, have met MPs at Westminster to discuss their winter resilience plans.

Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution bosses explained the improvements made to the electricity network and their behind-the-scenes operations following the major disruption to supplies caused by the ferocious storm of early January 2012.

Stuart Hogarth, SSEPD’s director of distribution, said: “This has been a great chance for local MPs to come along and chat with us face-to-face and learn more about the wide range of investments and preparations we’ve made ahead of this winter.

“We do everything we can to ensure that our network is able to withstand just about anything Mother Nature decides to throw at us. However, there are still occasions when even despite our best investments, the power may go off for a short time, and that is why, since last winter we’ve been implementing improvements to the way we keep our customers updated during a power cut.”

SSEPD is responsible for the electricity network across the Highlands and Islands, and also in central southern England. More information on how to report an interruption to supply and on what to do in the event of a power cut is available at SSEPD’s website.