Securing energy and water supplies crucial for growth of Greater Lincolnshire economy

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The Greater Lincolnshire LEP has said that it wants to hear the views of the business community and the public sector on future energy and water needs.

The LEP says that: “Securing enough energy for the future and managing water supplies is crucial if the Greater Lincolnshire economy is to grow.”

That’s why the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership is leading on an energy and water strategy for the area – and the LEP wants to hear the views of the business community and the public sector.

From now until Friday 21st September 2018 Greater Lincolnshire businesses can go online and have their say on future energy and water needs.

The LEP has received funding from BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) to develop an energy strategy which will link to the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan and form one of the chapters of the emerging Local Industrial Strategy.

Following the survey, the LEP will stage a number of focus groups and one-to-one sessions with business people, especially those who attended the LEP’s first Utilities Summit in July last year.

“The LEP is taking a leadership role on the connection between the economic agenda and the landscape for energy and water,” said Andrew Brooks, who is leading the project for the Greater Lincolnshire LEP.

“The energy strategy will identify where the LEP can tackle some of these issues, but it will also identify where help is needed to take on bigger challenges and where local actors need to take steps to tackle issues closer to home.

“It’s very important for us to collect this data, as it will form an effective baseline from which we can properly articulate energy and water needs for the first time.”

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s vision is to support the creation of a sustainable supply of energy which meets its ambitions for growth and business sector development.

This vision is underpinned by four key objectives:

  • delivering secure, low-cost, low-carbon energy to every home, office, and factory
  • supporting commercial and residential development in capacity constrained areas
  • mobility of the future, and the opportunities for further changes
  • empowering the emerging local energy industry within Greater Lincolnshire

The work will also feed into one of the major national challenges facing the UK, which is the need to develop new sources of sustainable energy, and to create a shift in the way that industry uses energy to deliver green growth.