Local energy projects are located where the people who use the power they provide, live and work. They are set up and run by local public, private, third-sector and community organisations. Local energy supports growth in the local economy and provides local job opportunities and social benefit. It provides power to homes, businesses and public buildings, and offers income-generating opportunities to all kinds of organisations.
Local energy projects lend themselves well to low carbon, renewable and innovative technologies. They also have the potential to make a significant contribution to the UK’s energy supply. They will help to ensure affordable and reliable energy supply in years to come and reduce carbon emissions to limit climate change.
Many local energy projects are not reaching delivery, either because they are too small to meet investors’ requirements or there is lack of resource and technical expertise to deliver them. The Greater South East Energy Hub provides support to project developers to address these constraints and make progress on local energy.
The Hub has an operations team of experts, who work with Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities and other project developers to increase the number and scale of local energy projects being delivered. The Energy Hub operations team is speaking to prospective energy developers throughout the region to gather further information about their project opportunities and needs. The energy strategies produced by the Local Enterprise Partnerships are used by the Energy Hub to identify which local energy projects should be prioritised for support.
Local Enterprise Partnerships are a business-led partnership between local authorities and business and were initiated by central government to identify local economic priorities. They work to improve local infrastructure and to support local economic growth, job creation and the development of workforce skills.
The Hub will receive funding from the government’s Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) until March 2021. The Energy Hub is working to identify how it can become financially self-sustaining for the future.
The Energy Hub operations team members are widely located across the greater south east to ensure good coverage and outreach within the region.