Gas and Electricity Overview - Reading, Berkshire

Reading town centre

Reading is a large town on the outskirts of Greater London in Berkshire. It is the host of the world famous 'Reading Festival'. Reading has a population of just over 166,000 people. Its incumbent suppliers are SSE for electricity and British Gas for gas.

DistributionDistribution Network Operator (DNO) - SSE Gas Distributor - SGN

SSE logo

Scottish & Southern Energy Networks (SSE)

Emergency number - 0800 072 7282 (England)

Non-emergency number - 0800 980 1395

SGN logo


Emergency gas number - 0800 111 999

Non-emergency number - 0800 912 1700

Click here for a live map of power cuts and works around your area.

Average energy usage by city

Electricity - 864 kWh = £145

Gas - 2904 kWh = £147

Source: Over three month period, via British Gas's UK Energy Consumption Checker.

Reading Energy Offices

Reading is home to the head office of SSE. If you are interested in working at SSE click here to visit their careers page.

SSE offices in Reading


SSE Head Office, 55 Vastern Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8BU, UK



Before privatisation in 1990, Reading's electricity was provided by 'Southern Electricity Board'. It then became 'Southern Electric'. In 1998 'Scottish Hydro Electric' and 'Southern Electric' joined together to form 'Scottish & Southern Energy plc'. This is the company that now trades under the name 'SSE'.


Gas in Reading used to come from 'Southern Gas Board'; however, after the year 1973, it became a region of the British Gas Corporation.

Updated on

The services and products mentioned on this website may only represent a small selection of the options available to you. Selectra encourages you to carry out your own research and seek advice if necessary before making any decisions. We may receive commission from selected partner providers on sales of some products and/or services mentioned within this website. Our website is free to use, and the commission we receive does not affect our opinion or the information we provide.