We know what you’re wondering: what does SSE stand for? Well, it’s actually an abbreviation of the company’s former name, Scottish and Southern Energy.
SSE operates in the UK and Ireland, and is involved in both the supply and generation of gas and electricity. It’s also involved in other energy-related services such as gas storage, contracting, and exploration and production.
The company was founded in 1998 after the merger of Southern Electric and Scottish Hydro Electric. The company bought SWALEC in 2000 and owns Airtricity and Atlantic.
SSE offers a range of energy tariffs to homes and businesses, and says it’s dedicated to the local communities in which it operates. Its sponsorship and volunteering initiatives ensure the company ‘gives back’ to its local areas.
Is SSE a good energy supplier?
In an annual Which? consumer survey, SSE came joint 22nd out of 30 suppliers in terms of customer satisfaction.
The supplier scored three stars out of five for things like bill accuracy, bill clarity and value for money. It moved up to four stars out of five for things like phone and online customer service and complaints handling. Its overall customer satisfaction score was 58%.
SSE actually ranked highest of the ‘big six,’ but at position 22 out of 30, there’s obviously room for improvement.
How green is SSE?
SSE is the biggest generator of electricity from renewable sources in the UK. The company operates on- and off-shore wind, hydropower and biomass generation plants.
In 2018, SSE unveiled the launch of SSE Renewables, merging operation and ownership. The firm has pledged to treble its green energy output by 2030.
How much can I save with SSE?
There’s certainly cheaper energy tariffs on the market, especially those offered by smaller energy providers.
However, as Which? explains, SSE was the last of the ‘big six’ suppliers to hike its prices in 2018. As of mid-2019, SSE and Npower are also the only two providers of the ‘big six’ not to hike customers’ bills for a second time.
Key facts about SSE
1. Who owns SSE?
SSE is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is part of the FTSE 100 Index.
2. Where is SSE based?
SSE is headquartered in Perth, Scotland.
3. How big is SSE?
SSE has a team of more than 20,000 employees across over 150 locations in the UK.
4. How many customers does SSE have?
SSE had 5.88 million accounts as of the start of 2019.5
5. What makes SSE different from other energy companies? / Why choose SSE?
As a little ‘thank you’ for being an SSE customer, you’ll benefit from SSE Reward, which gives you access to pre-sale tickets to big events.
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