Which region of the UK is responsible for a third of the UK’s coal imports, a sixth of the UK’s electricity generation, landing a fifth of the UK’s natural gas and refining a third of the UK’s fuel?
The answer is the Humber – described by EI Chief Executive Louise Kingham OBE FEI as a ‘real-world jewel of the energy system’ at the EI Humber branch conference in September.
The conference, entitled ‘The Energy Estuary’, saw the latest version of the Bondholders’ Energy Estuary map launched to showcase the increasing diverse role the Humber plays in the UK energy system.
Louise spoke in detail of the contribution made by the region in conventional energy terms, but also its defining role in the energy transition.
The region is now flourishing with new low carbon technologies, such as offshore wind where the region’s coastline is not only a location for offshore wind generation capacity, such as the succession of Hornsea projects planned by Ørsted, but also a manufacturing base, including the Siemens Gamesa facility supplying developments around the UK and world-wide.
Louise also spoke on the role the EI plays in ensuring enough people are coming through the pipeline to meet the energy demand. ‘Meeting growing energy demand and shifting to low carbon are big challenges for the energy system’, she said. ’They require incredible people – among them the EI’s members.’
Also speaking at the event was Chair of the Humber branch and Chief Executive of CATCH David Talbot as well as speakers from Orsted, Greenergy, Integrated Green Energy Solutions and Centrica Storage. The conference was held at the CATCH office in Grimsby.