Stephen Wheeler is Managing Director of SSE Renewables, part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc, leading the transition to a net zero future in the UK, Ire and internationally through the world-class development, construction, financing and operation of renewable energy assets.
Stephen is also Country Lead for SSE plc in Ireland, which includes the country’s second largest energy supplier, SSE Airtricity.
Previously Managing Director of SSE Thermal where he was focused on decarbonising SSE’s flexible generation, energy-from-waste and energy storage portfolio. Prior to this, Stephen was Managing Director of SSE Ireland, responsible for SSE plc’s overall strategy, commercial performance, operations and business development in Ireland and Northern Ireland across renewables, thermal and retail.
Before joining SSE, he played a central role in the development and growth of Airtricity (2004 to 2008) and was part of the team that completed the sale of its European business to SSE in 2008 for c€1.1bn.
Prior to Airtricity, he spent over 10 years working with ABB and Siemens internationally, specialising in the development and construction of thermal generation assets.
A graduate of Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin, with an MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and a past Chairman of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA).