Drawing the crowds at Perth’s Energy Festival

SSEN Distribution’s South Caledonia region has been offering a glimpse into the work that goes on behind the scenes as its teams work hard to provide a safe, responsive and reliable electricity network.  

With SSEN sponsoring the “Inspire Zone” at last weekend’s Energy Festival at Scone Palace, it was the ideal opportunity for the nearby Perth depot to showcase how they keep the power flowing all year round, and also to hopefully inspire younger visitors to the event consider a career in the energy industry.

The good weather over both days saw thousands of visitors to the Energy Festival with a wide range of ages popping along to meet the SSEN team and Regional Customer Relationship Manager, Samantha O’Connor, was delighted with the number of visitors she and her colleagues welcomed into the Inspire Zone:

“It was a great weekend at the Energy Festival, everyone on our team really enjoyed getting the chance to explain more about the roles they do, and it was also really interesting to meet so many young people who were curious about a career in the energy industry. 

As well as the ‘meet and greets’ with SSEN’s teams who work on the overhead and underground lines and colleagues from the tree-cutting department, there was also a competition aimed at the budding artists who visited the Inspire Zone.

Samantha explains:

“Safety is our number one priority, and we’re always looking at ways to make sure that our local communities stay safe around our equipment, especially children and young people who may not appreciate the potentially serious consequences of venturing into a substation to retrieve their football or frisbee, for example.

“We set them a task of designing a safety poster, and the winning entry will be turned into a real-life safety message that we’ll be fixing to the outside of some of our substations across the region. We had 19 entries submitted over the weekend, with the youngest artist only two years old, which was amazing!”

To help Samantha and her colleagues pick the winning design, head over to our Facebook page where we'll be showing all of the entries over the next three days. To register your vote, simply click on the design you like best.

The poster with the most votes from each day will go through to Friday's grand final, with the overall winner announced on Monday afternoon.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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