Operating a diverse range of renewable generation
SSE’s continues to be the UK’s leading generator of electricity from renewable sources and the largest generator of electricity from wind across the UK and Ireland.
SSE had 3,326MW of Renewable capacity by the end of March 2014, including its share of joint ventures. The GB portfolio comprised (net):
- 1,150MW conventional hydro;
- 940MW onshore wind;
- 355MW offshore wind
- 300MW pumped storage
- 38MW dedicated biomass.
Output from around 1,900MW of SSE’s renewable portfolio in GB qualifies for Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs), the main financial support scheme for renewable energy in the UK.
Total electricity output from SSE’s renewable resources in GB was 8,089GWh (including pumped storage) in the year to 31 March 2014.
SSE continues to respond to policy support for increased renewable generation capacity in the portfolio mix in GB, currently delivered through the financial support of the Renewables Obligation (the RO applies also in Northern Ireland). In considering the long term future for investment in renewables, the need for appropriate longer-term policy support delivered beyond Electricity Market Reform should not be underestimated, and the extent of the deployment of renewable energy remains dependent on the extent of the support through the public policy framework. The EMR Delivery Plan published in July 2013 suggests that the UK government’s ambitions in this area may be diminishing.