Jun 6, 2023

Energy giant SSE to pay £9.8m penalty for pricing breach

Energy giant SSE is to pay £9.8m for breaching its generation licence, the industry regulator has announced. Ofgem said there was no evidence that SSE's actions were deliberate. Ofgem launched a probe into SSE's actions at the Foyers pumped storage power station in North Ayrshire in October 2021. Cathryn Scott, director of enforcement and emerging issues at Ofgem, said: "Protecting consumers is a priority for Ofgem, and we will continue to monitor the wholesale energy markets in Great Britain and ensure their integrity on behalf of energy users."This enforcement action sends another strong signal to all generators that they must put in place controls to ensure that their bid prices are set in a way that ensures that they do not obtain excessive benefits during transmission constraint periods. SSE has since pledged to put in place a new pricing system designed to properly reflect the costs and benefits of reducing its generation at Foyers.

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