SSEN creates 850 jobs and pledges fewer power cuts
Big plans: SSE will add jobs (pic: Terry Murden)
Energy bosses at Scottish company SSE are investing around £4 billion in its network, creating over 850 jobs by 2028 and making a promise to reduce power cuts.
SSEN Distribution, a wholly owned subsidiary of SSE, plans to increase its investment by around a third in the north of Scotland and central southern England over the period 2023 to 2028 to accelerate the transition to smart, flexible networks and meet the net zero challenge.
The proposed increase in investment will be delivered with no planned rise in distribution costs on customer energy bills, supporting a just and fair transition to net zero.
Titled ‘Powering communities to net zero’, SSEN’s business plan has been shaped by over 25,000 customer and stakeholder voices and sets out six clear goals that SSEN will deliver for customers and communities by 2028, including a pledge to reduce the frequency and duration of power interruptions by 20%.
It will also support 200,000 customers in fuel poverty with targeted support and energy efficiency measures and facilitate the connection of 1.3m electric vehicles and 800,000 heat pumps on its network.
SSEN Distribution’s Business Plan was included within its parent company SSE recently-announced, ‘Net Zero Acceleration Programme’. The group-wide plans included an enhanced, fully funded £12.5bn strategic capital investment plan to 2026 alongside ambitious 2031 targets, aligned with net zero and a 1.5 degree science based target pathway.
The plans included minority stake sales in both SSEN Transmission and SSEN Distribution (modelling assumption of early FY24) to unlock value and optimise investment.
Chris Burchell, managing director of SSEN Distribution, said: “Networks will unlock the electrification of the economy with billions of pounds in investment to create modernised local electricity grids fit for a net zero future.
“Our RIIO-ED2 business plan will improve reliability, support the most vulnerable, cut carbon, get EVs on the roads and enable cleaner heating into homes as well as create hundreds of well-paid and secure green jobs in our regions.