SSE is the leading clean electricity company in Scotland

Our roots can be traced back to the hydro revolution that brought electricity to the Highlands.

Now-a-days we're Scotland’s leading electricity infrastructure company, championing the clean energy transition, and delivering one of the largest investment programmes ever seen in Scotland, investing up to £21 billion+ over the next decade in Scotland alone. 

We are the country’s biggest renewables operator. No other company in the world is building more offshore wind.

We have one of the fastest growing electricity networks businesses in Europe as we upgrade the transmission lines and cables that will unlock Scotland’s vast renewable potential.

And for those days when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine SSE is developing new flexible power technologies including carbon capture and hydrogen storage, batteries and developing the largest hydro scheme in the Highlands for more than 30 years - building on 80 years’ heritage in the technology.

SSE's scale mean we are also creating thousands of good green jobs this decade and supporting tens of thousands more in communities across Scotland enabled by a world-leading Just Transition Strategy.

We’re building more offshore wind than anyone on the planet right now:

Onshore we're also pretty busy...

More renewable generation, a network for net zero and energy storage

  • SSE Renewables are building Europe’s most productive onshore wind farm in Viking on the Shetland Islands, and SSEN Transmission are installing high-voltage direct current HVDC cable, which will also see Shetland connected to the GB energy system for the first time ever.
  • SSEN Transmission is progressing two subsea HVDC links from Peterhead to England, and a second from Spittal in Caithness, connecting to Peterhead power station and a series of onshore reinforcements to the north of Inverness and between Inverness and Peterhead.
  • The £1.5-2bn Coire Glas pumped storage, which we are developing in the Scottish Highlands, and would take excess energy on the grid and use it to pump water up a hill into the reservoir, where it could be stored before being released to power the grid when wind output is low and demand is high.

A low-carbon transition and flexible generation

  • SSE Thermal are developing several low-carbon power stations using Carbon Capture and Hydrogen technologies, one of which is Peterhead Power Station in the north of Scotland, so we have back-up when the wind doesn’t blow.
  • As Scotland’s only major thermal power station, Peterhead provides critical flexibility to the electricity system, supporting increased renewable generation while maintaining security of supply. But its future must be low carbon.

In isolation these are some huge infrastructure projects, but together they will see us invest around £7m a day, and create around 1,000 new jobs a year in the move to net zero.

These and other low-carbon projects can deliver huge benefits for the economy and are at the heart of a just and fair energy transition for Scotland – delivering jobs, supply chain opportunities and investment in communities as well as protecting consumers from volatile imported gas markets.

The UK Government is aiming for 50GW of offshore wind by 2030 and has committed to decarbonising the power sector by 2035. Meanwhile the Scottish Government is targeting 11GW of offshore wind and a 75% emissions reduction by 2030. SSE projects will underpin these targets can deliver huge benefits for the economy. Now’s the time to drive it forward.