The Chair of the Northern Energy Taskforce : "For at least 100 years, the north of England was the powerhouse of the country.
Even as King Coal’s reign came to an end, the north retained a significant slice of the nation’s generating capacity, mainly through wind and nuclear power. But of even greater significance is the north’s legacy of skills in engineering, distribution and manufacturing, a strong research base and unique geographical assets.
Over the past 12 months, the Northern Energy Taskforce, led by IPPR North, has been working with energy stakeholders from across the region to devise a strategy to unlock green growth in the north. With the right leadership and direction, we believe that our vision to create an energy economy worth £15bn and create 100,000 jobs by 2050 is within our grasp.
Furthermore, we believe that unleashing the northern energy economy is essential to achieving the nation’s climate change commitments and has the potential to deliver affordable energy for businesses and households alike..."
And, his side kick on't other side of the Pennines :
"With nearly half of all UK renewable power generated in the north of England and extensive scope to scale-up offshore wind and develop tidal schemes, the north has the geological, geographic and historical assets to power and heat the nation. It is leading the way in the transition to a renewable power supply and it’s also home to an extensive nuclear capability with a flourishing supply chain in research and professional services right here in Greater Manchester. But the real energy revolution sits right under our noses..."
Ah, so ...
"There is a widely held view that opportunities to gain first-mover advantage and to become a world-leader in carbon capture and storage or utilisation technologies is perceived to be slipping away. The journey from early-stage innovation to full commercialisation and scale-up requires careful navigation with support from public and private players both in Greater Manchester and across the wider north of England. This is why our Northern Energy Strategy calls for a new Northern Energy Accelerator to support innovation and co-ordinate investment in partnership with Innovate UK and other national bodies. "
Wot like Cern? Erm ... OK, so a Yorkshire 'Chivera' aside... tis wild n wooly with much diversity. A devolution for the whole of the North of England may not seem quite so dumb... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNivByky2QM
As for Yorkshire's very own devolution bid, thats OK for Leeds Sheffield etc, and the Rural Communities get their own Rural funding. Would it be the Coastal Areas & 'Townies' that get left out? As explained here by the Yorkshire Coast's Sandra Turner:
"European funding has been secured to promote the community led local development (CLLD) on the Yorkshire Coast.
The programme aims to get people into work, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been given £6.5 million of European funding to support community development, business growth and enterprise along the Yorkshire Coast.
A majority of the funds will be targeted at Bridlington and Scarborough. A report will be considered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Cabinet on Tuesday 17 October on how the programme will be delivered in partnership with Scarborough Borough Council.
It will also give local organisations and businesses the opportunity to apply for grants from the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.
Council Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for transforming lifestyles at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:
“This programme has been nearly two years in development and we have had great support from a wide range of partners across the Scarborough and Bridlington area, which has been essential for securing these funds. We can now continue to work with the local community and businesses to maximise the benefits of the funding, which stand to be significant.
By securing these funds now, we are guaranteed that the full programme can be delivered, in spite of the situation with the UK planning to leave the European Union.”
The programme will run until the end of 2021, even if the UK leaves the EU before that date...." That's a big IF.
No doubt some 'education' & 'training' providers will benefit... but as the excitement of S.E.W. comes to an end ... Go Yo : http://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/business/business-world-celebra...
showcasing the engineering & technologies of the North, surely it would be wise to consider, should no further European Funding become available for Northern Coastal Communities, including ecological & environmental protection works, who is going to pay?
"Northern energy is a win-win-win: new jobs, lower carbon emissions and cheaper fuel. Price caps will only go so far, it’s time to kickstart the local energy revolution."
Ah, so ...