Renewable energy

An ambitious renewable energy programme is being developed in Northumberland

Northumberland has a thriving energy community that is responding to climate change whilst driving clean economic growth.

We have improved on the generation of renewable energy over the last five years and are delighted to report that we are second in England for MWh generation in onshore wind, first for hydro generation and sixth in the UK for the number of solar photovoltaic sites.

In 2018 we generated over 1.4 million MWh of renewable energy from nearly 8,000 installations which is 54% of the equivalent overall electricity use for the county, with the national average being 34%.

At Lynemouth there is a major civil engineering project to convert the former coal fired power station to full biomass generating enough renewable electricity to power over 400,000 homes.

We contribute to the UK’s renewable energy at an increasing level and are determined to do more in a way which does not impede on our natural and unique land and landscapes.

Energy Central is a premier deep-water East Coast UK energy base located in Northumberland and is delivered through a unique partnership between Advance Northumberland and the Port of Blyth which brings together:
  • Nearly 200 HA of strategic, quay linked development sites.
  • The Port’s expertise in managing and supporting time-critical offshore energy projects.
  • National energy infrastructure including the North Sea Link UK/Norway Interconnector and National Grid assets.
  • Market access offshore energy developments in the North Sea including offshore wind projects
  • An extensive specialist supply chain capability Northumberland is set to and will play a key role in the North East’s transition to a growing clean energy sector.