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SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy) is the parent company for SSE Atlantic, SSE Scottish Hydro, SSE Southern Electric and SSE SWALEC

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Who are SSE?

SSE was formed in December 1998, following the merger of Scottish Hydro Electric and Southern Electric and currently manages one of the largest distribution network in the UK. SSE supply gas and electricity to more than 10 million customers throughout Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland.

Customer satisfaction

The results of our 2014 customer satisfaction awards:

SSE

This survey was conducted by YouGov between 17th and 27th October 2014 amongst 5,262 UK energy consumers (aged 18+). Customers were asked their opinions on a wide range of issues relating to satisfaction with their energy suppliers. The figures have been weighted.

Recent price changes and where SSE rank

At the start of 2015, SSE followed the trend of its competition, stating that it would lower the prices of its standard plan by 4.1%. The price cut would not be implemented until 30 April 2015.

The table below shows which of the big six energy suppliers, including SSE, recently changed their prices, when and by how much:

Supplier Date effective Avg price change (%) Avg bill size*

EDF Energy

Jan 3 2014 1.3% £1,155

E.ON

13 Jan 2015 3.5% £1,145

British Gas

19 Jan 2015 5% £1,156

ScottishPower

20 Jan 2015 4.8% £1,167

sse

30 April 2015 4.1%% £1,158

npower

16 Feb 2015 5.1% £1,169

*Based on a medium energy user on a standard dual fuel tariff, paying on receipt of bill, with bill sizes averaged across all regions.

SSE announced a price rise of 8.2% in October 2013. This price increase went into effect in November 2013. The increase affected customers of all SSE's subsidiaries, including those on tariffs with SSE Atlantic Energy, SSE Southern Electic, SSE Scottish Hydro and SSE SWALEC.

In December that year, after government announced a cut would be made to green taxes, SSE stated it would reduce this price rise by 4%, effective the following March. This made the overall price rise in 2014 4.2%

SSE and its subsidiaries

SSE has a number of subsidiaries that operate in different parts of the UK. Below is a rough guide to which subsidiaries operate where.

Subsidiary Region
SSE Southern Electric London, Eastern, South-West and South-East
SSE & SSE Atlantic Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire, North-West and North
SSE SWALEC South Wales, North Wales
SSE Scottish Hydro Northern Scotland

How do SSE generate energy?

The fuel mix for the year 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

  • 44%Coal
  • 28%Gas
  • 2%Nuclear
  • 24%Green
  • 2%Other

Average from all UK suppliers

  • 34% Coal
  • 25.6% Gas
  • 21% Nuclear
  • 16%Green
  • 2% Other

Green (renewable) energy is from sources such as wind, solar and hydro-electric.

What else SSE offers

  • Boiler and heating cover
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