SSE Response to Updated Issues Statement

SSE has submitted its response to the CMA’s Energy Market Investigation Updated Statement of Issues.

SSE considers that the GB energy market is generally well-functioning and competitive. We do not believe there is any feature, or combination of features, of the GB generation or supply markets that prevents, restricts or distorts competition.

SSE is encouraged that this position is reflected in much of the CMA’s current thinking. Notwithstanding this, in the retail sector, where the CMA has acknowledged its analysis is less well developed, the CMA has identified certain market features that raise prima facie concerns, which it intends to investigate further.

Whilst the characterisation of the retail market set out in the CMA’s Updated Statement of Issues does not reflect SSE’s experience or market realities, we recognise there are certain aspects of the market that offer scope for improvement and our response has suggested specific measures that might be taken to this end.