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The Greater South East Energy Hub is a collaboration of eleven Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), 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 partners to support local energy projects through the development stages to investment readiness.
Local energy refers to all energy projects that are led by local organisations, they are located where the people who use the power live and work. All aspects of collective action to reduce, purchase, manage and generate energy are included in ‘local energy’. 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.
Many of the actions needed to transform our energy system will be made locally by residents, communities, businesses and the public sector. Local action is important to deliver emissions reductions and local energy enables economies and communities to grow while limiting their impact on climate change.
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are a business-led partnerships between local authorities and local private sector businesses, they are overseen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). LEPs work to identify local priorities and undertake activities to improve local infrastructure, drive local 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 strategies covering the greater south east region. These strategies provide the evidence that identifies which local energy projects the Energy Hub should support to 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 selfsustaining for the future.