The story so far...

With rapid technological innovation, a growing population, and a changing climate, the way we generate and use energy must respond. As the national and international energy agenda focuses on clean growth, there are huge economic, social and environmental opportunities for the North East to contribute to new solutions that provide clean, secure and accessible energy.

We have an innovative energy community that is responding, whilst servicing global markets. Our assets are categorised into three key areas of regional energy; offshore energy and subsea technology; and demonstration and innovation. Each presents opportunities to drive economic growth and deliver more and better jobs.


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The Energy for Growth strategy

The North East’s Energy for Growth strategy aims to drive economic growth in the North East while also bringing sector partners together to deliver at scale on national energy strategy.

The strategy identifies 13 themes where the North East can both contribute to national policy and bring more and better jobs to the region, ranging from low-emission transport to heat networks, and geothermal energy from old mine workings.

It also outlines three distinct workstreams through which we will build and support a pipeline of forthcoming projects around these themes, to help us to achieve the aims of the strategy.


Read the strategy


Read the Energy for Growth executive summary


Read the full Energy for Growth strategy

North East Energy Catatyst

The North East is home to a unique and comprehensive asset base for innovating, demonstrating and delivering solutions to global energy challenges. Read more about the North East Energy Catalyst here.

Rural Community Energy Fund

Grants of up to £140,000 are available to support rural communities across England to develop community-led renewable energy projects. Find out more here.

Latest energy news

Funding awarded to develop new energy systems in the North East

£3 million funding awarded to Northumberland robotics test site

The Energy Innovation Challenge – TRL9

Using data to power the drive against climate change

The Energy Innovation Challenge – Otaski Energy Solutions

Catalysing energy innovation in the North East

Are you an energy business in the North East?

The North East Growth Hub could help you with business support and access to finance to grow your business.


Funding Opportunities


Energy Support Schemes


Energy Events

Excelling in the energy sector

There are significant challenges ahead if the UK is to meet its future carbon budgets, and achieve the transition to clean growth. Solving these challenges will be supported through national policy, and public and private sector funding.

The range of energy demonstration and innovation assets in the North East forms an important hub for research and innovation, and a powerful test-bed for businesses to assist with this transition.



Get in touch


Andrew works across the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, regional and national cross-sector partners. Focusing on the offshore energy and subsea sector, regional energy projects related to heat, power, and transport, and capabilities around energy innovation and demonstration.

Who to get in touch with:

Andrew Clark
Energy Programme Lead, North East LEP