SSE is the parent company for SSE Atlantic, SSE Scottish Hydro, SSE Southern Electric and SSE SWALEC, and the UK's second-largest supplier of gas and electricity
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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.
SSE offer their exclusive Reward programme, which gives registered customers the opportunity to purchase tickets to their arenas 48 hours in advance of general sale. Eligible SSE arenas are located in Belfast, Wembley and Glasgow.
Customer rating 2018 for SSE
Big six energy supplier SSE was rated three-and-a-half stars out of five by customers in uSwitch's 2018 customer satisfaction survey. Customers gave the supplier marks in categories including value for money and customer service.
The survey, run by independent organisation YouGov and commissioned by uSwitch, included more than 17,000 respondents from the UK and is the largest survey of its kind.
Recent price changes
In May 2018, SSE announced it would raise prices by 7.9% (total percent increase based on 6.7% average price rise and removal of the £6 per fuel, per year paperless billing discount), effective 11 July 2018.
|Supplier||Date effective||Avg price change (%)|
|7 June 2018||1.4%|
|20 August 2018||4.8%|
|29 May 2018||5.5%|
|1 June 2018||5.5%|
|11 July 2018||7.9%**|
|17 June 2018||5.3%|
*Based on a medium energy user on a standard dual fuel tariff, paying on receipt of bill, with bill sizes averaged across all regions.
**Includes removal of discounts as well as price rise where applicable.
Previoulsy, in November 2016, SSE announced that it would place a "price freeze" on its standard variable rate plans until April 2017.
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.
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.
|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|
|SSE Airtricity||Northern Ireland|