We can be the UK’s renewable energy coast, building on our existing strengths and unique natural assets. We’re working with the Offshore Energy Alliance, which, with 11 wind farms in Liverpool Bay and four more in development, has already helped to make the UK the largest producer of wind power in Europe. And production is set to triple by 2032.
The tidal range of the River Mersey and Liverpool Bay has given us the opportunity to create the Mersey Tidal Power Project. This low-carbon electricity generation project could create 5000 jobs, while producing enough energy to power a million homes. And it will be able to create clean, green, predictable power for more than a hundred years.
Green hydrogen looks set to play an important part in our energy mix in the years to come. We’re working with private sector partners to revitalise the Port of Weston, near Runcorn, to create a viable in-land Hydrogen Port, which would generate sufficient power to create 3,000 tonnes of green hydrogen every year for use across industry, transport and domestic consumption.
Our green energy infrastructure received a boost earlier this year, with the investment of more than £11m in seven green energy projects, spread across all six of the City Region’s local authorities, providing additional low-carbon electrical capacity in areas where electricity demand is expected to grow, for electric vehicles, regeneration projects and new housing developments.
Funding for the projects comes from OFGEM’s Green Recovery Investment Fund and the projects will be delivered by SP Energy Networks, the distribution network owner for the North West.