Liverpool City Region has been nominated to host a government-funded ‘Local Energy Hub’ to coordinate sustainable energy projects across the North West.
The Hub would provide expertise and resources to help local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) across the North West to coordinate and deliver local energy projects.
Cheshire and Warrington, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region would be the areas covered by the Hub.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is said to be considering funding the initiative as part of its ‘local energy programme’, which was first announced in the government’s landmark Clean Growth Strategy last year.
‘Vote of confidence’
“The Energy Hub will be a great vote of confidence from BEIS and our North West partners in our collaborative approach and focus on delivering sustainable energy projects”, said Mark Knowles, head of low carbon economy for the Liverpool City Region LEP.
“All our partners have developed energy projects in recent years in areas such as solar, district heating, building efficiency and offshore wind.
“[North West] LEPs have been successful in developing local supply chains and upskilling to support this investment. New opportunities are opening up from technologies such as energy storage, smart systems and tidal energy. The Hub will enhance our ability to maximise the economic benefits from these low carbon opportunities.”
The Hub is expected to commence in April 2018, subject to government approval.