£9.2m energy scheme unveiled to companies

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 May 2018

A £9.2 million energy efficiency programme for Greater Lincolnshire is gearing up to be rolled out of Grimsby.

North East Lincolnshire Council successfully bid for the funding, working in partnership with a southern authority and a Dutch academic institute.

And the team pulled together to deliver what will be ReNewNEL is now preparing to help save money, the planet and increase the competitiveness of the region’s businesses and organisations. 

Tony Neul, strategic commissioning lead for energy and environment policy at NELC, recently briefed Grimsby Renewables Partnership.

He said: “We have been allocated £9.2 million to promote, innovate and adapt energy use, especially in renewables, across Greater Lincolnshire. 

“It is a big achievement and we are responsible for delivering that. We do need interest from companies in this project. 

“North East Lincolnshire is getting excellent recognition, it is seen as a place where we get things done, and we’re proud of the direct relationship we have with government.”

As reported, it was the only local authority to be named checked in the Industrial Strategy for the town deal pilot.  It builds on the burgeoning green energy and maritime heritage. 

“We have strong ambitions for growth, all the key sectors are recognised, including renewable energy,” Mr Neul said. 

“Energy features very much in our plans locally, in the Industrial Strategy, the Clean Growth Strategy, it is seen as the important, developing area, an improving area, and a regenerating area.”

The outline application was made in May 2016, with feedback received in August, ahead of the application proper in September. It received confirmation of the success in February this year. 

“We have now recruited the team and have it in place to run the project,” he said. 

“It has been developed with Northamptonshire County Council, who have applied for a similar project in their area. We will work with local institutes, Grimsby, Hull  and Lincoln leave a legacy of expertise.  

“We will be trying to build that, learn from that and roll it out.”

Trier’s Institut, Germany’s University of Applied Sciences, is providing significant input, with a team heading across the North Sea. 

Mr Neul said: “It is a dedicated support team, offering three years of support to local businesses. They speak very good English, with a great sense of humour, they are great people.”

The role will be to conduct energy efficiency audits and suggest improvements, with a key output to reduce the KwH use. 

“So what’s in it for us all? he asked, addressing the monthly gathering at Modal Training. “Free advice and support, a one-stop-shop, where we can help signpost to some of the grants on offer, review match funding what is required to be investment ready.  This will hopefully increase all of our competitiveness. 

“We are here to help, we will hold your hand through the process. There will be forms to fill in , but we are here to make it as simple as possible to get the help and advice. It is a three year project and we are here and the team is there throughout. If we can help fund some one we will. We just need commitment a bit of time, and a financial commitment to invest. If you are thinking of replacing heating or lighting, get in touch and we will hopefully be able to help you do that.”

“We are only just in place, we are setting up our systems and marketing materials, our branding, it is going to be a few months before we get off the ground. It is a fantastic programme and great credibility for us to be hosting that in North East Lincolnshire.”

What will be delivered by  ReNewNEL?

The ReNewNEL project will promote, innovate and adopt energy efficiency and renewable energy use, providing:

  • A one-stop-shop for expertise, support and access to funding
  • Improved energy performance in public buildings and small to medium enterprises
  • Information, advice and guidance,
  • On-site support where required
  • A showcase of best practice and developed network. 

The successful bid  was welcomed by Grimsby Renewables Partnership chairman Andy Goudie, pictured

He said: “What sits behind this is something more forward looking in terms of direction, and a desire to be off grid by 2032. It is great to see some bold statement, and intent with it. 

“We want to take our community and business forward. Ideas are great, but you cannot do anything without the financial instruments, which this has attracted.”

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