24 May 2023: SSE, a UK-based prominent electricity infrastructure firm, has outlined its intentions to allocate a budget of up to £40 billion in clean energy infrastructure over the next ten years. This substantial investment aims to facilitate the provision of cleaner, more reliable, and cost-effective energy solutions.
SSE's announcement coincides with the release of its financial results for the full-year 2022/23. The report highlights a remarkable investment of £2.8bn during the year, which is significantly higher than the £1.8bn adjusted profit after tax recorded in the corresponding period. This surge in investment reflects SSE's commitment to advancing crucial energy initiatives, such as the construction of the world's largest offshore wind farm located at Dogger Bank.
The financial results indicate that the adjusted earnings per share have risen by 75% compared to the previous year, reaching 166p as predicted before the close. This growth can be attributed to the impressive performance of SSE's flexible generation and gas storage assets.
SSE's robust financial performance, along with a clearer outlook on upcoming investment prospects for the next ten years, has empowered the company to revise its previous capital expenditure projections. The portion of the plan that is fully funded has surged by over 40%, reaching an impressive £18bn.
The company is allocating funds towards electricity networks, both on land and at sea, as well as solar and wind energy projects. Additionally, they are actively working on advancements in power generation and storage technologies such as carbon capture, hydrogen, batteries, and pumped hydro. These efforts are aimed at supporting a progressively renewable-focused energy system.
In the company’s official press release, Alistair Phillips Davies, Chief Executive of SSE plc, said, “The results that we have reported today represent profit with a purpose. They enable us to deliver record investment – far in excess of our earnings – in vital low-carbon energy infrastructure. They are also a testament to the strength of our balanced business mix and net zero-aligned strategy, which sees us investing in the solutions to the energy crisis.”
With this substantial financial pledge, SSE is playing a pivotal role in the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future. As we collectively strive to address the urgent challenges posed by climate change, SSE's investment plans serve as a beacon of hope, paving the way for a greener and more prosperous planet for generations to come.