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SSE Forecasts 'Huge' £40 Billion Investment in Green Grid

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An energy company plans to create 1,000 jobs yearly focused on green energy, renewables, low-carbon grid infrastructure, and flexible power supply.

The SSE has intended to spend up to £40bn in the next ten years for renewable energy and low carbon grid infrastructure investments in the UK. This "massive commitment" is expected to generate more than 1,000 new green jobs annually.

Today, the energy company declared their "record-breaking" investment programme, which involves a boost in the deployment of renewable energy projects, the essential network infrastructure to transmit renewable energy all across the UK, and flexible power sources to provide backup for the grid mainly powered by renewables.

The firm has already budgeted for under half of the original investment programme over the next five years. However, there are plans for more multi-billion pound investments up to 2031/32 to reach the UK's goal of having a virtually carbon-free electricity network by 2035.

The corporation declared it would remain devoted to funding sectors like electricity grids, onshore and offshore wind, solar energy, energy storage, carbon sequestration, hydrogen, and batteries. It pumped hydro in the next decade in the United Kingdom.

Alistair Phillips Davies, SSE's CEO, declared that the UK is receiving a significant devotion, an amount of about £10m each day, which is one of the most important clean energy investment projects this nation has ever experienced - generating new job opportunities and powering green growth from the Shetland Islands to the Isle of Wight.

As SSE published their financial results for the year 2022/23, revealing a profit of £1.8 bn after taxes and an investment of £2.8 bn in the same period, they also announced something else.

The firm reported that its impressive monetary achievements in the previous year allowed it to change its future expenditure strategy, with the backed portion of its projected outlays increasing to £18bn over the next five years until 2027, a more than 40% boost.

Davies commented that today's results "demonstrate profit with a purpose." They have allowed us to make a record amount of investment - much more than our earnings - in crucial low-carbon energy infrastructure. This further indicates the power of our well-rounded business model and strategy focused on achieving net zero, investing in the remedies to the energy quandary.

Amid worries over the UK's position in the worldwide competition to reach net zero emissions, more and more corporations and investors are beginning to see the US and EU as more appealing venues for green businesses due to the stimulus packages offered in the Inflation Reduction Act and the Green Deal Industrial Plan.

This morning, the Climate Change Committee cautioned the government against a laissez-faire attitude in its net zero and industry strategy, stressing that "without backing industry to maintain its competitive edge and jobs, there is a possibility of job losses".

Today, news broke that Oxford PV, a British solar energy pioneer, is possibly examining the US or Germany to construct its first factory. The company could even get listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange to gain more investor support, as they lamented the absence of solar incentives in the UK.

At a select committee hearing yesterday, Dr Andy Palmer - a veteran of Nissan and Aston Martin - reportedly revealed to MPs that the UK has been playing "catch up" with other countries regarding investments in electric vehicles because of its lack of an industrial strategy.

Today, Davies noted that SSE's broadened low-carbon investment plan is based on "favourable, long-term policy objectives as the UK strives to remain in the forefront of modern, clean energy technologies".

He declared that reaching the desired targets will necessitate a massive increase in the implementation rate and that they are eager to cooperate with policymakers to achieve this. He further noted that the earlier the projects are finished, the sooner they can deliver an energy system that is inexpensive, cleaner and more reliable.

Today, Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer, greeted SSE's revised green investment scheme as a "strong demonstration of belief in the British economy".

He stressed the importance of investing in the British electricity infrastructure system, noting that it will enable a successful transition to inexpensive and clean domestic renewables. With the second largest offshore wind capacity worldwide and renewable sources supplying 40% of the nation's electricity, this investment will ensure long-term energy security, bring down bills, and generate thousands of jobs in the industrial regions.



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