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Barriers and Issues

The Energy Hubs were set up to address common barriers that have stalled the development of local energy projects, these were identified as:

Human Resources

Local Authorities often lack the capacity or technical expertise to deliver energy projects. The Greater South East Energy Hub can potentially offer project management and technical support to local authorities to aid the delivery of energy projects.

Finance and Investment

Local energy projects may lack a solid business case or be too small to warrant the necessary investment to proceed. The Energy Hub has technical and financial specialists to develop project business cases, appraise different technology options and help secure finance from a variety of investors.


Awareness of the benefits of engaging and investing in local energy varies widely across local authorities, benefits can include revenue generation for the public sector and wider benefits to the local economy, social benefits through improved air quality and reduced energy costs and environmental benefits through reduced carbon emissions.

The Greater South East Energy Hub is part of a national network, learning and sharing knowledge with a wide range of stakeholders and successful projects including tested business models. We can provide impartial advice and help aid understanding of the opportunities and benefits of local energy projects.

Have you encountered any other barriers to developing your energy project?

Do you have any learning to share from your experience of developing local energy? We would like to hear about it.

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