Generation

SSE is maintaining and investing in a diverse and sustainable portfolio of thermal and renewable generation plant. In moving towards a lower carbon generation mix, SSE will, by the end of the decade, transition its generation assets from a portfolio weighted towards gas and coal, towards one more weighted towards gas and renewables.

The practical application of this principle means that SSE currently owns or has an ownership interest in, around 10,609 MW of capacity, which comprised at 31 September 2016:

  • 5,305MW of gas-and oil-fired capacity (GB and Ire);
  • 1,995MW of coal-fired capacity (with biomass co-firing capability); and
  • 2,975 MW of renewable capacity GB and Ire (including hydro, pumped storage, onshore wind and offshore wind).

Generation

Maintaining a diverse Generation portfolio

SSE is maintaining and investing in a diverse and sustainable portfolio of thermal and renewable generation plant. In moving towards a lower carbon generation mix, SSE will, by the end of the decade, transition its generation assets from a portfolio weighted towards gas and coal, towards one more weighted towards gas and renewables.

The practical application of this principle means that SSE currently owns or has an ownership interest in, around 10,069MW of capacity, which comprised at 31 September 2016:

  • 5,305MW of gas-and oil-fired capacity (GB and Ire);
  • 1,995MW of coal-fired capacity (with biomass co-firing capability); and
  • 2,975MW of renewable capacity GB and Ire (including hydro, pumped storage, onshore wind and offshore wind).

With this portfolio SSE has the greatest fuel diversity for producing electricity amongst UK generators and retains the most flexible fleet.

Reducing the carbon intensity of electricity generated

A priority for SSE is a continuing cost-efficient reduction in the carbon intensity of the electricity produced by its generation fleet. This goal will be achieved through a diverse range of solutions including:

  • The commissioning and development of additional renewable energy capacity;
  • lower emissions from more efficient and flexible gas-fired generation; and 
  • reduced output from coal-fired stations as SSE phases coal out of its generation mix.