The story so far...

With rapid technological innovation, a growing population, and a changing climate, the way we generate and use energy must respond. As the national and international energy agenda focuses on clean growth, there are huge economic, social and environmental opportunities for the North East to contribute to new solutions that provide clean, secure and accessible energy.

We have an innovative energy community that is responding, whilst servicing global markets. Our assets are categorised into three key areas of regional energy; offshore energy and subsea technology; and demonstration and innovation. Each presents opportunities to drive economic growth and deliver more and better jobs.

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79 research projects,
funded with
£46.2m

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Pioneering
heat
network projects

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A subsea sector supports
15,000
jobs.

We’re home to some of the very best movers and shakers in the energy sector.

To continue growing the sector so significantly and meet our overall target of 100,000 more and better jobs by 2024, it is essential businesses in the energy sector respond to change, address challenges head on, and seize the opportunities in the palm of their hands. In June 2018, there had been 62,500 more jobs created and 78% of these were better jobs. This means we still have a way to go.

The Energy for Growth strategy

The North East LEP’s new Energy for Growth strategy aims to drive economic growth in the North East while also bringing sector partners together to deliver at scale on national energy strategy.

The strategy identifies 13 themes where the North East can both contribute to national policy and bring more and better jobs to the region, ranging from low-emission transport to heat networks, and geothermal energy from old mine workings.

It also outlines three distinct workstreams through which we will build and support a pipeline of forthcoming projects around these themes, to help us to achieve the aims of the strategy.

Driving Energy opportunities in the North East is:

Emerging Infrastructure

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Energy for Growth

Our North East  energy strategy identifies 13 strategic themes across which we seek to work with partners to drive regional growth while meeting national policy goals.

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International Connectivity

North East organisations and institutions have international partnerships across the sector, keeping the region at the forefront of market research and technological opportunities.

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Energy Central

A premier deep-water East Coast offshore energy base across the Blyth Estuary, and unique partnership between the Port of Blyth and Advance Northumberland.

Clean energy

The North East could not be better placed to capitalise on the huge ambition and future growth in sustainable energy.

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What kind of support can I get?

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Funding Opportunities

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Energy Support Schemes

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Energy Events

What are the challenges for the sector?

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Meeting Future Carbon Budgets

Finding people with the right skills and acquiring them.

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Clean Growth

We must maintain funding to keep up with current momentum of growth.

Excelling in the energy sector

There are significant challenges ahead if the UK is to meet its future carbon budgets, and achieve the transition to clean growth. Solving these challenges will be supported through national policy, and public and private sector funding.

The range of energy demonstration and innovation assets in the North East forms an important hub for research and innovation, and a powerful test-bed for businesses to assist with this transition.

Who to get in touch with

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Andrew works across the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, regional and national cross-sector partners. Focusing on the offshore energy and subsea sector, regional energy projects related to heat, power, and transport, and capabilities around energy innovation and demonstration.

Who to get in touch with:

Andrew Clark
Energy Programme Lead, North East LEP