Scottish & Southern apply for supply licence

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Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has submitted applications that it hopes will allow it to compete in Ireland.

SSE has applied for an electricity supply licence and a gas supply and shipping licence which will allow it to enter and compete in the newly deregulated markets.

The supplier says that it intends to enter both markets simultaneously - and hopes to concentrate on the industrial and commercial market as a first priority and then expand into domestic markets afterwards.

"Our intention is to become a significant new player in the Irish market," the company's energy supply director Alistair Phillips-Davies said.

"We will initially aim to sell a range of electricity and gas products which may then be followed by renewable products, metering, telecoms and energy services."

Mr Phillips said that the deregulation of the Irish market represented a real opportunity for the UK energy supplier.

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