se are exciting times for Cumbria thanks to the vision created by Britain’s Energy Coast™ - a £2 billion package of regeneration projects which could see the county provide up to 25 per cent of the UK's energy needs.
The 20-year vision to establish Britain’s Energy Coast™ on Cumbria’s West Coast offers a once-in-a-generation chance for Cumbria to become a major player on the global energy stage. The plans will establish the West Coast of Cumbria as a major national hub not just for nuclear expertise, but low carbon and renewable energy generation too.
Britain's Energy Coast is about a vision to transform the boroughs of Copeland, Allerdale and Furness into a thriving centre of excellence for energy technologies ranging from off-shore wind, tidal and wave to biomass, anaerobic digestion and energy from waste.
Nationally the Britain’s Energy Coast™ initiative could play a major role in the country’s response to the pressing challenges of climate change and energy security. Locally it has the potential to create 16,000 jobs and boost Cumbria’s economic performance by £800 million a year. Major investment in existing and new forms of energy generation presents Cumbria with huge opportunities – the prospect of jobs, new markets for local businesses, and massive potential to stimulate investment in everything from health services, improved transport links, better housing and those facilities which allow people of all ages to enjoy an active and stimulating lifestyle.
Britain’s Energy Coast is a trademark registered by the urban regeneration company West Lakes Renaissance which is working with other bodies, to forge long term economic prosperity for the Furness and West Cumbria areas.
Energy Coast began as purely a West Cumbrian concept, but has since been logically extended to include Barrow whose range of industrial skills and offshore gas and wind developments, make it a natural part of the whole. The Energy Coast now stretches from the Solway to Morecambe Bay.
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Britain's Energy Coast Digital Edition
Over 60,000 copies of our quarterly "Britain's Energy Coast" print publication are distributed with the North West Evening Mail, Whitehaven News, and Workington Times and Star. Each edition includes lifestyle and business information for the region - from Barrow and Morecambe Bay in the south to the Solway Firth in the North.
Contributors have included Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Conservative and Liberal Democrat leaders David Cameron and Nick Clegg respectively. If you missed the latest print edition you can read it by clicking on the title here, you can also access archived editions as well.