SSE has a Street Lighting agreement with a local authority. It was originally operated under a PFI agreement but SSE sold its interests in the SPV and now operates as a sub-contractor. The agreement overall has been operating since March 2006 and is for a 25–year term – but it is not without its challenges.
SSE approached BPG for advice and guidance on how they could improve their relationship with their client. BPG was advised there had been extensive work put into the relationship by the internal SSE team to improve the outcomes, some aspects of these efforts had been successful. However, the contractual arrangements had a number of ambiguities that are making it very challenging to keep the relationship positive and commercially viable.