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The Greater South East Energy Hub is a collaboration of eleven Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). These LEPs are working together to increase the number, scale and quality of local energy projects being delivered across the greater south east region of England.
Local authorities and LEPs have a vital role to play in coordinating, facilitating and delivering the transformation of our energy system. The Energy Hub will work with these partners to support local energy projects, from the development stage to investment readiness.
Local energy refers to energy projects that are led by local organisations and located where the people who use the power live and work. This incorporates all collective action to purchase, manage and generate energy, and to use it more efficiently. Local energy supports growth in the local economy and provides 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 action is needed to transform our current energy system and reduce carbon emissions. Such action will be carried out by residents, communities, businesses and the public sector. Local energy enables economies and communities to grow while limiting their impact on climate change.
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are business-led partnerships between local authorities and local private-sector businesses. These partnerships are overseen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). LEPs work to identify priorities and undertake activities in their locality, to improve infrastructure, and drive economic growth, job creation and the development of workforce skills.
In 2017 BEIS funded all Local Enterprise Partnerships to develop local energy strategies. There are six energy strategies that cover the greater south east region. These strategies provide the evidence to identify which local energy projects the Energy Hub should support that will bring most benefit to the region.
The Greater South East Energy Hub is funded until March 2021 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and is supported by the Local Energy Programme team.
The Energy Hub will identify how it can become financially self-sustaining for the future.