SWALEC was the former electric board for South Wales but it now proudly sits as part of the SSE family of businesses that supply energy to South Wales.
Learn more below.
Use of the SWALEC Brand Today?
THE SWALEC brand dates back to the nationalisation of the UK electricity market but the company that was formed has been sold several times and the brand name or the company brand it sits under has changed several times.
However, the SWALEC brand remained strong and has survived 70 years and is still part of SSE’s branding for it’s South Wales operations.
Unlikely many companies SSE incorporates the company’s name into its SSE family of businesses when it purchases them and although the umbrella company name is SSE, the SWALEC name sits alongside it and uses the icon SSE branding.
SWALEC Contact Phone Numbers & Email
Call – 0345 026 0656
Email – [email protected]
200 Dunkeld Road
The History of SWALEC
SWALEC stands for South Wales Electricity and it was also known as SWALEB (South Wales Electricity Board). It was originally formed as part of the nationalisation of the UK’s electricity supply, distribution, and generation in 1948 which happened as a result of the Electricity Act 1947 where 15 local electric boards were established across the UK.
In 1990, the UK’s electricity industry was privatised and the SWALEC electric board was purchased by Welsh Water who rebranded as Hyder. The aim was to streamline the two companies’ operations and share overheads such as offices and operational departments.
In 1997, the deregulation of the gas market saw SWALEC branch out into the gas supply market and start to supply dual fuels to its customer base.
In 2000, the gas and electricity supply arm of SWALEC was sold to British Energy along with the brand name SWALEC. British Energy did not hold on to the company for long as later that year they sold it to Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).
SSE was formed in 1998 when Scottish Hydro and Southern Electric merged, they were also former nationalised electric boards. Ofgem reported that the purchase of SWALEC meant that SSE would have 14.9% of the electricity supply sector in Britain and 4.4% of the gas sector.
Also, in 2000, Hyder retained the electricity distribution business and renamed it Infralec after the sale of SWALEC electricity supply business. But then later that year Hyder was bought by Western Power Distribution and the electricity distribution business was renamed WPD South Wales.
What Happened to SWALEC?
After being formed in 1948 as part of the nationalisation of the UK electricity market the company has been privatised and purchased several times before becoming part of the SSE family of companies that sit under their SSE brand umbrella.
SWALEC now only supplies gas and electricity in South Wales under this name but the wider SSE company supplies the whole of the UK and operates electricity distribution networks in some areas, and generates electricity as well. The electricity distribution arm of SWALEC is now operated and owned by Western Power Distribution.
SWALEC Warm Home Discount
As part of SSE, SWALEC was part of the 2017/18 Warm Home Discount scheme, which gives vulnerable people £140 towards their energy bills. If you’re interested in registering for the 2018/19 scheme you can do so on the SSE website.
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