Ian Pease, Business Development Manager, Generate, said: “The East of England is shaping up to be an integral contributor to the Government’s priority of stabilising the cost of energy to UK consumers, whilst securing energy supplies as we shift away from a reliance on expensive fossil-fuels and transition to more affordable sources of clean and renewable energy generation.”
Martin Dronfield, Executive Chairman of EEEGR, and a Director of Opergy Limited said its research demonstrates the scope and scale of the East of England’s clean energy capabilities and will shine a light on its energy credentials, supply chain and R&D capabilities.
In the last year alone, it has seen a score of new wind farms granted planning consent, including Vattenfall’s Vanguard and Boreas projects and ScottishPower Renewables’ East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO.
In total, 54% of the UK’s consented offshore wind is off the coast of the East of England. The region is also home to EDF’s Sizewell B power station and the site of the newly consented Sizewell C project, which together will generate enough energy to power 8.3mhomes. Additionally, further up the coast, the Bacton gas terminal continues to supply 30% of the UK’s gas.
Clean energy is accelerating in other UK regions too, notably Teesside, North West and Scotland.