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As well as offshore energy projects, there’s lots happening within North East Lincolnshire on land. We’re working with our partners to map the heat requirements and energy sources within our borough. We have some of the greenest power stations in the world in our boundaries. And several green energy companies have decided to base their facilities here.

We’re also working with the community to help reduce household bills and offer advice about home energy and how we can collectively reduce, manage, purchase and generate energy with an emphasis on local engagement, leadership and control.

Examples of community lead energy projects are:

  • Joint switching of gas or electricity suppliers, such as the Big Community Switch
  • Providing support for energy saving measures through a community group
  • Community-owned renewable electricity installations, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
  • The piloting of smart technologies with a local District Network Operator (DNO).

Further information about Community Energy projects and involvement can be found on GOV.UK – Community energy .

Community energy projects

Phillips 66  operates the Immingham Combined Heat and Power plant, one of the greenest power stations in the world generating 730 MW of electricity.

It produces electricity and creates steam, which is used by the nearby Humber and Lindsey refineries. The plant, together with the Humber refinery, is part of an ultra-low-carbon integrated energy hub.

Proximity to the UK’s largest port complex, Europe’s food town and the agricultural hinterland of Lincolnshire, makes the area extremely attractive for green energy facilities.

Companies involved in bioenergy and biomass projects in the area include Greenergy Total ; Vireol; and Helius/RWE Innogy.

We encourage residents to join the community switch scheme to help them benefit from lower fuel bills.

The Big Community Switch, a national scheme supported locally by North East Lincolnshire Council, in partnership with Engie and iChoosr Ltd, seeks to save people money on their energy bills.

So far more than 35,000 households have registered with their council across the country to join forces to get better deals from energy suppliers. Since the auction was held in May more than £2.5m has been saved by households that have switched supplier.

Find out about the Big Community Switch.

The council in partnership with ENGIE gives free and impartial advice to local residents on ways of reducing fuel bills and advising on schemes available for heating and insulation for your home. Increasing your energy efficiency at home can be easier than you think. There are plenty of ways to save energy that won’t affect your lifestyle.

Find out about Lincs 4 Warmer Homes.

A renewable energy register has been created to showcase the installed capacity (kW) of community, residential, commercial and industrial installations of renewable technology within North East Lincolnshire.

The register is broken down by postcode and shows both the installed technology type and capacity for each separate location, including overall installed capacity.

Analysis indicates that the majority of installed capacity from renewables in North East Lincolnshire is from PV (solar) installations for domestic and commercial use, with the majority of installations occurring in DN37.

Installed capacity reached a peak  in 2014 with the following years witness to a decline, this may be in relation to the changes in feed-in tariffs (FiT)  by the UK government which saw new tariff rates and rules at the beginning of 2016.

View the Renewable Energy Register (PDF)

Related websites

InvestNEL  – Investment information for North East Lincolnshire

DiscoverNEL  – Information about working, staying and playing in North East Lincolnshire

GOV.UK – Community energy

Contact details

Helen Norris, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU