The energy sector in Greater Lincolnshire and globally is transforming in response to the climate, to new technologies, and to changing consumer preferences.
Greater Lincolnshire is an existing and future asset base for clean energy and water. Directly employing nearly 6,000 people across more than 200 businesses, the industry covers a diverse mix of energy and heat generation methods, including the offshore wind industry and innovative anaerobic digestor plants, as well as traditional electricity and heat distribution operations.
The sector in Greater Lincolnshire and globally is transforming in response to the climate, to new technologies, and to changing consumer preferences. Our rural geography and nationally significant energy assets in the Humber estuary and the North Sea mean we are well placed to pioneer new approaches that contribute to the Government’s commitment to reach net zero UK carbon emissions by 2050.
Over just a few years, the Humber Energy Estuary has been transformed into one of the world’s leading hubs for clean energy, and it will play a vital role as the offshore wind sector scales up to deliver a significant sector deal. As a result, low-cost offshore wind could contribute up to a third of UK electricity (30GW) by 2030, the result of over £40bn of investment in infrastructure over the next decade.
The industry predicts that employment will rise from 7,200 to 27,000, and is committed to increased diversity. Offshore wind manufacturing, installation, operations and maintenance businesses all now have firm local foundations, creating sustainable skilled jobs and attracting a wider supply chain. We are centrally located for the largest offshore wind farms both under construction and planned, and we have both the land and port capacity to support this growth.