North East Lincolnshire Council

About RenewNEL

Energy is a priority for the council, but why is it so important?

Energy is expensive, in some cases, it pollutes the environment and traditional sources of energy (fossil fuels) have an uncertain future.

The demand for energy is directly linked to prosperity and our desire to improve the well-being of ourselves and our communities.

Our communities use energy each day to make their lives richer, more productive, safer and healthier. We consume energy to keep warm, prepare food, travel and work but energy supply is becoming less reliable and less certain at the same time as we’re expecting population growth in this area to drive demand higher. Meeting that growing demand for energy in a safe and environmentally responsible manner is a key challenge for us.

The emergence of the Humber renewables sector, and the profile that brings to the region, provides an immediate opportunity to deliver wider benefits for our community. The council has a key role in enabling and delivering this agenda and ensuring those benefits are realised locally.

We’re open for business in North East Lincolnshire. We’ve ambitious plans to make the Humber, and Grimsby in particular, the UK capital of the renewable energy industry and also deliver a low carbon economy and community, becoming less reliant on traditional sources of energy.

As part of that, we’re continuing to promote the importance of engaging beyond our boundaries and bringing influence to bear in the interests of promoting investment and confidence in the area.

Recently, we hosted a round table discussion in London to highlight our energy aspirations to business leaders, civil servants and key players in the industry. This was also part of our work to bring a national conference on Energy to North East Lincolnshire, where we can showcase our ambition and activity to an international, national, regional and local audience.

Offshore wind operations and maintenance is already established as a hub in Grimsby anyway, but this is about expanding our offer, growing it and benefiting other supply chains in the area too. We’re a council and an area which is hugely willing to work to bring the benefits a successful local energy sector can deliver for local communities.

The project is overseen by the Energy and Carbon Strategic Board which meets when it needs to and makes  decisions required for the overall project. Chaired by Tony Neul , currently members are the Leader of the Council Cllr Ray Oxby, Portfolio holder for Energy and Environment Cllr Watson, Monitoring Officer Simon Jones, ENGIE’s Programme Manager (Engie Energy Services) Tony Maione, Account Director ENGIE Marcus Asquith, and Helen Norris Commssioning and Relationship Manager. The Strategic Board reports to the Council’s leadership team and cabinet and has been enabled by cabinet to take some key decisions to ensure activities can be progressed swiftly.

An operational project group is responsible for delivery of a programme of key activities ‘ projects’, and reports to the Strategic Board. Activities build on the good work that was already happening, as well as delivering new and innovative activities. All support making a positive impact on outcomes identified and aim to ensure we are reducing costs, reducing consumption, reducing carbon and delivering sustainable solutions. The operational project board is a partnership approach with ENGIE’s Marcus Asquith chairing the project group, and Helen Norris chairing any projects which are Council led.

For information about any of the projects that are ongoing, read our regular newsletter (available in the documents at the bottom of this web page), or for specific queries, contact helen.norris@nelincs.gov.uk.