Thursday 4th July, 2013 By Martin Fagan

As the UK’s second largest energy supplier, SSE supplies gas and electricity to over nine million homes across the UK. This comprises 5.53 million electricity customers and 3.47 million gas customers.

Previously known as Scottish & Southern Energy, SSE supplies electricity and gas under the Southern Electric, Scottish Hydro Electric, SWALEC and Atlantic brands.

The company offers a range of additional benefits to customers at no extra charge, including a 10% discount at Argos if signed up to the Energyplus Argos tariff.


  • Standard electricity, gas and dual fuel tariffs
  • Prepayment meter tariffs
  • Special packages for customers with particular requirements, e.g. elderly, disabled or chronically sick
  • Professionally-installed home insulation for customers receiving priority benefits
  • Renewable energy tariffs with offers


The Scottish & Southern Energy Group was formed in 1999 with the merger of Scottish Hydro-Electric and Southern Electric.

Following the acquisition of SWALEC in 2000 and Atlantic Electric & Gas in 2004, in 2010, the company rebranded as SSE.

Supporting local communities

Community at Heart, SSE's community volunteering project, gives each of its 22,000-plus employees the opportunity to take a day out of their typical working life to support local community projects.

Organisations, charities or community groups can 'borrow' a team of hands, minds, ideas or skills for a whole day completely free of charge.

In the first year - 2010 - around 5,000 days were used to help many different organisations including charities, schools, parish councils and hospitals.