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SSE IRELAND NEWS Autumn 2012 Edition

Message from Mark SSE’s business and scale has been transformed in 2012. Building on the existing pillars of the retail and renewables businesses we have expanded our retail business with the purchases of Phoenix Supply in Northern Ireland and of the Endesa generation assets in the Republic. We are now the third biggest energy utility in Ireland. The Irish business accounts for 10% of SSE’s total group business. In recognition of this Gregor Alexander, the Executive Director for Ireland, hosted the Management Board in Dublin, led by Ian Marchant, Alistair PhillipsDavies and Gregor himself. The board’s visit provided us with an opportunity to showcase the achievements of the whole Irish business over the last 12 months. The feedback from the management board was fantastic and I would like to thank everyone for all the hard work they put in, the event was a real success.

In October, over 100 new team members joined our SSE Generation family with the completion of SSE’s acquisition of Endesa Ireland. They join around 70 new team members from Airtricity Gas in Northern Ireland who also became part of our wider SSE family earlier this year. The addition of these teams to our business in Ireland is a real landmark for us, and I’d like to welcome everyone to the business. Finally, in another landmark for SSE Ireland, we hosted our very first Safety Family Conference. The event was a huge success, and helped reinforce our No.1 group value of Safety in a fun and engaging way. It was also a great way to meet so many new SSE faces from Airtricity Gas and SSE Generation. We are looking forward to harnessing the talents of our extended family to continue to grow our business and capture the No.2 spot in 2013. Mark Ennis, Chairman of SSE Ireland

Management Board – The Numbers


The approximate number of miles travelled by the Management Board during their two day road trip around Ireland.


The total number of internal and external meetings and presentations attended by the Management Board whilst in Ireland.

= 50 people

The Management Board visited a total of 7 SSE sites during their management board road trip.

We estimate the Management Board met over 400 staff during the visit.

We estimate the Management Board spent a total of 19 hours in meetings and presentations over the two days.

Cars, planes, trains and even a mini bus were used to transport the Management Board around Ireland.

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SSE Management Board in Ireland 

Day One

It started with a trip up north…


After visiting SSE’s Belfast offices in Great Victoria Street and Airport Road, Alistair along with Rob McDonald, Jim Smith, John Morea and Kevin Greenhorn accompanied Mark Ennis and Paul Cooley up to the north coast to visit the construction site for the 16MW Glenconway Wind Farm outside Derry/Londonderry. En route the team made a scheduled stop to meet Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster. Meanwhile Alan Young took to the streets of Belfast with the Airtricity sales team to try his hand at door to door sales.

The first presentation of the day was delivered by Paul O’Shaughnessy along with Ernest Asensio, Lisa Delaney, Alonna Byrne and Martin Drummond and gave an in depth look at Sales Operations across Ireland. Next up was a day in the life of an Airtricity Sales Representative, followed by an overview of hand held technologies, and finally a discussion about the new Airtricity Sales Academy.

Efficiency Led by Caoimhe Giblin, Stephen Gallagher, Paul Nolan and Ciaran Maguire, the second presentation covered the Value for Money Taskforce and its role in improving efficiencies across the business. According to Ian’s Blog, one of the more memorable points was that we’ve already saved €20,000 on toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

Meanwhile 150 miles away in Dublin… Ian and Gregor kicked off their road trip with a series of presentations on SSE’s business activities in Ireland, which included an introduction into the Irish sales academy, the role of the Value for Money Taskforce and an overview of the new Irish Business Development Group. Following a number of round table discussions, giving staff the opportunity to engage one-on-one with Ian and Gregor, it was off with Stephen Wheeler and David Manning to visit various Irish politicians including Irish Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte and the British Ambassador.

Teamwork The final presentation of the day gave the Management Board an insight into the work being carried out by the recently established Irish Development Group. Aoife Power, Justine Ryan and Patrick Rooney led a discussion that looked at projects on pump storage, building energy controls and domestic energy efficiency.

And across the country down south Paul Smith, David Franklin and Vincent Donnelly spent the day with Pamela Walsh and Andy Blincow travelling round a number of SSE sites in the South East. Their day started with a tool box talk for Airtricity Utility Solutions staff at the Waterford depot and was followed by a visit to the 27MW Richfield Wind Farm. Undoubtedly the highlight of the day was a trip to the construction site for SSE’s new 460MW CCGT at Great Island, County Wexford.

Later that evening…

“Some things are very similar and familiar

The Management Board and various SSE Ireland managers, gathered for dinner and a debate on a series of local topics including the economies in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, energy markets, culture and the much celebrated Irish weather.

to GB, but some things are quite different.

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The sense of humour is strong.” Ian Marchant

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SSE Management Board in Ireland 

Day Two

The board meeting…


After spending Wednesday getting to know the ins and outs of SSE’s activities in Ireland, it was back to business as usual for the Management Board. In a packed meeting, Ian and the board discussed a total of 12 topics in a little under six hours including safety, carbon capture, wholesale energy markets, and a slew of board papers. The board also managed to make the most of a valuable lunch by attending a range of SSE Values presentations.

Delivered by Josh Bradley with a special appearance by ‘Doc Energy’ the board was given an insight into how the Irish business was meeting the group’s Sustainability value through a series of internal energy efficiency measures, education programmes and external market initiatives.

Topics Covered: • Safety • Risk management • Procurement • Gas generation plans • Carbon capture • Legal privilege • Wholesale energy markets • Investment decisions and board papers • and updates on the Severn Barrage, Green Deal, and the Bribery Act

Service From smartphone apps to mobile web and online group buying products, Digital Services Manager, Ronan Brady along with Elaine McGovern, set out to show the board why Airtricity is considered the market leading brand when it comes to online services.

Safety IT’s Marcus O’Dwyer, Klair Neenan and Shauna Lawlor took the board prospecting into the Safety Goldmine to search for golden safety nuggets. The expedition included a Safety in the Home trial, a spot of Safety Charades, and driving the Road-User Cruiser boardgame.

A final word from Ian… “I think we all had a good couple of days in Ireland and I have to say that we were made to feel very welcome and everyone had put a lot of effort into their presentations. I would like to thank all the team for their efforts in making the visits and meeting a success.”

Major smart grid wins for SSE Two Smart Grid Demonstration projects developed by SSE have been selected by EirGrid and SONI, the Electricity Transmission System Operators (TSOs), for further research and development under their call for demonstration projects for Smart Grid concepts. The first demonstration initiative, Project Greenway, has been developed by SSE in a partnership with Glen Dimplex. Greenway utilises Quantam space and water heating technology to remotely switch-on and switch-off newtechnology storage heaters in around 150 homes in North Dublin. The purpose of this smart trial is to demonstrate how remote technology can help the grid operator manage energy demand on the grid without impacting consumers. The second initiative, the SSE Renewables/GE Fast Frequency Response project, aims to demonstrate GE’s new

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Wind-INERTIA Control technology. This technology enables temporary increases in electrical power output from a wind turbine in short bursts to help enhance grid stability. These are the only two projects to be selected by the TSOs and acknowledge the leading role SSE is taking in the development of Smart Grid solutions for Ireland. It’s hoped that both the Fast Frequency Response project and the Greenway project could contribute to improved system security in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. The SSE Ireland team will now commence testing both concepts on the island’s power systems, and with the support of the TSOs, the team are confident refinements will be made to enhance each technology and support the development of a Smarter Grid.

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Safety Family Festival


The Safety Family Festival took place on 6th November with delegates from across the SSE Ireland business. The primary aim of the day was to welcome the new members of the Safety Festival in Ireland and to give them a flavour of the essence of behavioural safety across the wider SSE family. It was also a good opportunity for staff across Ireland to come together and share their safety experiences in an open and positive environment. = 10 Staff

In total, 112 SSE Ireland employees attended the Safety Family Festival, of which 20 were recognised SSE safety champions. Facilitated by McNaughton McGrigor, the day was interactive from the start. Iwan Tukalo set the scene for safety in SSE by likening our safety journey to that of a cyclist pedalling uphill, a theme which was picked up on at various points throughout the day.

Video clips and films, along with role play, an auction of safety behaviours, and dramatic presentations, helped to reinforce SSE’s safety message. The tone for the whole day was very much about the safety family ethos of ‘because we care’ and it demonstrated that SSE’s commitment to safety really does say a lot about SSE and our culture.

“The conference was interactive from start to finish and reinforced the group’s safety message in a positive and engaging way.” Marian Troy, SSE Generation


SSE Ireland business leads attended the conference

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New members of staff attended the conference

“There were plenty of take away lessons that will undoubtedly help to improve overall safety in my own business area” Aiden McGinn, Airtricity Gas NI

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SSE Ireland Autumn Newsletter SSE Generation family continues to grow One hundred new staff have joined the SSE Ireland family following the completion of SSE’s acquisition of Endesa Ireland. The acqusition, which was announced in June, includes the construction of a new flexible 460MW CCGT plant at Great Island in Co. Wexford along with four existing thermal generation plant with a total combined generating capacity of 1,068MW. In true SSE fashion, our new colleagues were given a warm welcome and introduced to SSE’s values and culture through a range of presentations and Question & Answer sessions with members of SSE’s generation management team. SSE Managing Director of Generation, Paul Smith along with Pamela Walsh, SSE Director of Generation Business Services, and other key Generation personnel took to the road to meet and greet SSE’s 100 new staff at presentation events held at the 620MW Tarbert Power Station in Co. Kerry and the 240MW Great Island Power Station in Co. Wexford. An SSE welcome was also extended to our new generation business services colleagues working in Dublin as well as operational staff at SSE’s new peaking power plants at Rhode in Co. Offally and Tawnaghmore in Co. Kerry.

Warmer winters on the way for West Limerick householders thanks to Community Fund support Over 100 West Limerick families are looking forward to warmer winters and significantly reduced energy costs following the completion of a major energy-efficiency upgrade completed by Airtricity Home Energy Services. The €500,000 project, which was supported by Limerick County Council and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), was made possible through initial funding of €50,000 from Airtricity’s Community Fund which helped unlock the additional funding available from the SEAI. Airtricity Home Energy Services The energy output eliminated technicians completed a range of by the measures heat-loss and energy-use reduction measures in 107 homes owned by Limerick County Council including attic and cavity wall insulation. The homes are located in areas around Airtricity’s Dromada, Rathcahill and Tournafulla Wind Building Energy Ratings Farms in West Limerick. were completed

500,000kWh 13,000m 107

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The total amount of insulation installed. Roughly the same size as the pitch at Croke Park.


reduction in harmful Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions

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SSE Ireland Autumn Newsletter Airtricity to power the FAI for a further two years Airtricity has confirmed a two year extension of its title sponsorship of the Airtricity League. As part of this sponsorship extension, Airtricity will also become Official Energy Partner to the Association and FAI teams. This means that Airtricity will not only be the power behind domestic football in Ireland, but it will also be the power behind the Republic of Ireland international football team as it vies for its place at the World Cup Finals in Rio in 2014.

The Airtricity Docklands Christmas Festival is Back! The Airtricity Docklands Christmas Festival is back once again at the IFSC from 7th–23rd December and this year the centrepiece of the festival is the Barnardos Giving Tree. Santa Claus will also be spreading the Christmas spirit once again from the Airtricity Green Grotto which boys and girls can visit entirely for free and families can leave donations to further help support Barnardos’ work. The festival will run every day from 12 noon until 8pm and 10am–8pm at weekends. Children and families visiting the festival will experience a truly festive and magical atmosphere among the many gourmet food and gift stalls, authentic Victorian fairground attractions and of course, visiting Santa Claus at Airtricity’s Green Grotto.

“Once again we would like to thank Airtricity for their tremendous support. The Airtricity Docklands Christmas Festival has become a tradition for many families in the run up to Christmas.” Barnardos CEO, Fergus Finlay

Schools make switch to power down Earlier this month, teachers and pupils at over 100 schools from across Northern Ireland switched on to Airtricity’s Operation Energy ‘Power-Down-Day’ in a bid to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy waste within schools. As part of its Northern Ireland focused energy education programme, Operation Energy, Airtricity recently provided 100 schools across the country with a free energy monitor to help them record and reduce their schools’ energy use during Power-Down-Day. The Airtricity initiative was launched by Stormont by Environment Minister, Alex Attwood who wamly welcomed the initiative. The final results of Power-Down-Day are still be calculated, however early reports by a number of schools suggest that daily electricity consumption may have been reduced by up to 10% on Power-Down-Day.

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“During a time when we are all conscious of conserving energy to save money, and to reduce our carbon emissions, Airtricity’sinitiative is really enabling young people to understand how a small effort on their part can bring about significant savings.” Northern Ireland Environment Minister, Alex Attwood

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