Clean energy from the east of England could power two-thirds of British households, including hydrogen.
Stunning numbers released in a new infographic produced by GENERATE show that clean energy from the east of England alone could power the equivalent of 20 million British homes by 2035.
In collaboration with the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and key energy stakeholders, GENERATE has forecast future energy production, with 24 GW of clean energy flowing from the east of England to the national grid by 2035.
The East of England will increase its clean energy production by more than 175% in just over a decade, with huge advances in offshore wind, nuclear, green hydrogen, solar and battery storage in the pipeline. Currently, the region has over 1,000 offshore wind turbines, 139 gas installations and is home to 18% of the UK’s nuclear generation capacity.
GENERATE’s goal is to turn energy opportunities into business growth, new jobs and investment through the development of ambitious infrastructure projects and supply chain initiatives, attracting investment to the East of England.
Ian PeaseBusiness Development Manager, GENERATE, said:
The East of England is starting to make an integral contribution to the government’s priority of stabilizing energy costs for UK consumers while securing energy supplies as we move away from expensive fossil fuels and towards more affordable sources of clean and sustainable energy generation .
“We will produce the bulk of the UK’s low-carbon energy from a supercluster of offshore wind, nuclear and onshore renewables, which also play a colossal role in the UK’s journey to net-zero.”
“Our region is in a unique position to help the UK succeed in the rapid implementation and scale-up of clean energy generation, while attracting further investment and creating new jobs – this is the important message we will share with government decision-makers and energy stakeholders.”
Martin DronfieldExecutive Chairman of EEEGR and a Director of Operagy Limited said:
We are excited to support GENERATE in the development of this powerful new infographic released today.
“It shows the scope and scale of Eastern England’s clean energy capabilities and will be widely used to inform government ministers and officials eager to tap into secure and reliable energy supplies, and shed light on our region’s energy credentials , the supply chain and our world class. research and development opportunities.”
The East of England is currently the largest offshore wind market in the UK. In the past 12 months alone, some twenty new wind farms have received construction permits, including Vattenfall’s Vanguard and Boreas projects and ScottishPower Renewables’ East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO.
In total, 54% of UK approved offshore wind energy is located off the coast of eastern England. The region is also home to EDF’s Sizewell B power station and the site of the recently approved Sizewell C project, which together will generate enough energy to power 8.3 million homes. In addition, further along the coast, the Bacton gas terminal continues to supply 30% of UK gas.
By 2035, only the region will produce;
- 15.6 GW by offshore wind
- 3.4GW via solar power
- 4.4GW over nuclear
Energy also contributes to the region’s economy; GENERATE’s infographic shows that there are more than 110,000 workers in the energy and low-carbon sectors in eastern England, as well as more than 12,285 companies. In addition, projections indicate that by 2050 a further £122 billion will be invested in clean energy in the east of England.
As energy security and supply remains at the forefront of the UK’s political and social agenda, the potential of East England alone to provide clean power to the equivalent of 67% of UK homes can no longer be overlooked .
GENERATE and EEGR will be present to discuss their latest figures at Wind Energy Hamburg from September 27 to 30. Those interested in learning more about the possibilities in the East of England can make an appointment or visit the British Pavilion, stand B1.OG.305.13.
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Clean energy from the east of England could power two-thirds of UK homes, September 22, 2022