Scottish Energy company SSE saw a slight increase in revenue at its Irish division in the financial year to 31 March, with revenue rising from £745.9m to £746.6m.

The company operates here as SSE Airtricity, which is the second largest provider of energy and related services on the island of Ireland.

SSE Airtricity supplies electricity and natural gas to 0.79m customers norht and south of the border here, representing a 17% share of the total combined gas and electricity markets.

In the 12 months to 31 March, SSE’s 464MW Great Island CCGT station (grid connection capacity set at 431MW) exported 2.4TWh of electricity, up 40% on the previous year.

However, output of electricity from renewable sources in Ireland decreased in 2016/17, compared to the previous year (1.46TWh compared to 1.54TWh).

SSE said the primary driver for this differential was the weather.

SSE has two onshore wind projects under construction here; Galway Wind Park (joint venture with Coillte) and Leanamore in Co Kerry.

Commenting on its Irish performance, Managing Director of SSE Ireland Stephen Wheeler said: "Through our continued investment in the energy markets in Ireland and Northern Ireland, SSE is delivering highly-skilled jobs, boosting local business, and supporting major infrastructure projects.

"In the last year, SSE’s operations in Ireland have contributed almost €800m to Irish GDP, equivalent to the expected economic benefit of Ireland hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and bringing SSE’s overall contribution to the Irish economy since 2012 to over €5 billion.

Across its international operation, SSE’s pre-tax profit rose 2.1% year on year to £1.55 billion, while it

recorded record revenues of £29.04 billion, up around £250m on the previous year.