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Energy Innovation District Launches

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A new initiative designed to boost productivity and foster innovation in the energy sector has been launched in the North West.

The Energy Innovation District will include generators, energy-intensive manufacturers, innovators and academics combining forces in a bid to combat the UK’s energy challenge.

Established by the industry-led Cheshire Energy Hub, the scheme spans the industrial heartland from Ellesmere Port toward Runcorn. Its overarching aim is to provide secure, low-carbon and low-cost indigenous energy from the North West, unlocking more than 33,000 jobs and £7bn in capital investment.

Ged Barlow, chairman of the Cheshire Energy Hub and managing director at C-Tech Innovation, said:

“The Energy Innovation District is a British first – a place where energy generators are working hand-in-hand with business to attract investment, boost productivity and increase the competitiveness of our industries.

“Energy usage is at the bedrock of successful enterprise and manufacturing. We’re encouraged by the government’s support for integration as part of the Industrial Strategy and the District responds directly to this need for a more coordinated approach.”

Leaders behind the initiative are now working with the government to establish a national blueprint for how energy and industry work together, which could be replicated in other parts of the UK.

It is anticipated the move will stimulate about £2.3bn GVA into the region each year.

 

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