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Southern Electric: fuel mix, prices, contact

Southern Electric in a nutshell

  1. Southern Electric is SSE’s trading name in the South of England.
  2. Southern Electric prices are higher than average.
  3. But the Southern Electric customer service reputation is good.

Southern Electric, one of the original SSE brands

Southern Electric was originally a public utilities company, the Southern Electricity Board (1948); it supplied electricity to customers in the South of England. It became Southern Electric in 1990 (the same year it was privatised) and merged with Scottish Hydro-Electric in 1998 to form Scottish and Southern Energy, rebranded to SSE in 2010. Though part of SSE, the Southern Electric brand is still used to supply electricity and gas to customers in Southern England.

SSE is the UK’s second largest electricity and gas supplier through its different trading names, supplying energy to 9.6 million customers. Alistair Phillips-Davies is the CEO of SSE, which employs 18,500 people in the UK. In 2013, SSE generated £28 billion in revenue.

As one of SSE’s trading names, Southern Electric shares SSE’s fuel mix, which is composed of coal, mostly, followed by natural gas:

  1. Coal: 54%
  2. Natural Gas: 28%
  3. Nuclear Power:1%
  4. Renewable Energy:15%
  5. Other sources:2%

Southern Electric current energy prices

In the local distribution zones where SSE trades as Southern Electric, the supplier is relatively expensive compared to some independent suppliers but compared to the big six electricity and gas suppliers Southern Electric tariffs are respectable.

To give you a more concrete idea, here are estimated annual dual-fuel bills for Southern Electric customers on average energy consumption in the UK, i.e., 3,200 kWh/year for electricity and 13,500 kWh/year for gas.

    Estimated annual cost: dual-fuel, GBP
Tariff name Conditions London Eastern North East South East South West Southern
1 Year Fixed Price - Fixed energy prices during one year
- £50 exit fee per fuel (so £100 dual fuel)
1118.16 1087.57 1137.64 1124.88 1157.81 1137.64
Fixed Price Mar 17 - Fixed energy prices until 31 March 2017
- £50 exit fee per fuel (so £100 dual fuel)
1190.16 1157.48 1209.98 1197.22 1232.16 1209.98
Standard - Variable tariffs
- No contract end date
- No exit fees
1190.16 1157.48 1209.98 1197.22 1232.16 1209.98

Contacting Southern Electric

Calling Southern Electric

Southern Electric’s customer service operating hours are normal for one of the Big Six electricity and gas suppliers (customer care is operated by SSE). However, they are far longer than those of the majority of independent energy suppliers in the UK.


Contact number(s)

Operating hours

Switching to Southern Electric

0800 980 2475
0845 070 2056 (installations)

Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat, 8am-2pm

Moving home

0800 107 9639

Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat, 8am-2pm

Meter readings

0800 107 3205



0800 980 9649


Pay as you go

0800 980 0414 (electricity)
0800 980 0427 (gas)
0800 980 2841 (moving house)

Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat, 8am-2pm

General enquiries

0800 980 8476

Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat, 8am-2pm


0800 975 0485

Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat, 8am-2pm

National Gas Service Emergency Line

0800 111 999


Writing to Southern Electric

Customers can send their letters to Southern Electric to the following postal address:

Southern Electric

Inveralmond House
200 Dunkeld Road

Southern Electric customer reviews

Southern Electric complaints performance

Complaints handling by Southern Electric is combined with all the other SSE trading names. Complaints performance among SSE partners is respectable insofar as the supplier receives comparatively few complaints (217,253 in the first quarter of 2014 - only Scottish Power receives fewer complaints). However, compared to its Big Six competitors SSE and its brands, including Southern Electric, are not the fastest in complaints resolution: 82.11% of complaints are resolved by the end of the next working day.

What Southern Electric customers say

Overall, customers seem content with Southern Electric services. Of the online reviews and ratings, negative customers focus on costs, reflecting Southern Electric’s above-average prices compared to other cheaper electricity and gas suppliers. Tonik (same customer service, billing, prices, etc.) is a supplier with more reviews, better prices and customer service quality.