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Wind farms generate millions for the economy

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Onshore wind farms provided over £400 million worth of economic benefit into the North West economy in 2014 according to new figures. RenewableUK, the renewable energy trade association claim of that, £10.8 million will go directly into the local community as a result. There is currently nearly 300MW of onshore wind installed within the North West, powering over 150,000 homes each year.

“The British onshore wind energy industry is adding £906 million a year to the national economy, so the benefits to the UK are clear to see. This report also shows that onshore wind really does bring benefits to the UK – with £7 in every £10 spent on projects invested in the UK. Onshore wind powers local economies, bringing £199 million of investment into local areas where communities host wind farms, and creating jobs across the supply chain. The industry is helping to propel Britain to a brighter, cleaner future – onshore wind is already the lowest cost of all low carbon options, with potential to be the least cost form of electricity within the next five years.

– RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery

Green energy firm opens its doors in Liverpool

A company which converts commercial food waste into power has officially opened a new "bio-refinery" in Liverpool.

It's hoped 160 jobs will eventually be created at the H2 Energy plant at the Wellington Business Park in Kirkdale.

We are absolutely delighted to be opening our wonderful new facility in Liverpool.

"We have got off to a great start, and are already on-track to exceed our first year target for orders of our hi-tech bio-refineries.

“It’s a really exciting time for H2 Energy.

"And as part of our official opening, we will celebrate a major milestone – the handover of our first unit, to be used at a site in Carlisle preparing ready meals for a leading supermarket.”

– Kevin Bush, Chairman of H2 Energy

H2 Energy said it has has already taken on more than 30 members of staff, as part of its commitment to create 160 jobs within the firm over the next three years.

It’s great news that H2 Energy are officially opening their fantastic new facility in Liverpool.

"We have been working with them for a number of months to make it happen, because we are excited about the opportunities their innovative business will bring to local people.

– Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

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Cuadrilla explains purpose of proposed new work

The purpose of all our ongoing exploratory work is to demonstrate that natural gas can be produced from the shale in commercial quantities.

By sharing our plans for the exploratory programme, we hope that people will have an understanding of what we plan to do and why.

The British Geological Survey last week confirmed the exciting scale of Lancashire’s gas resource, and we look forward to working closely with local communities and regulators as our exploration work progresses.

– Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive

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Energy prices highest in Merseyside according to survey

Energy prices differ between regions by up to £92 a year and some of the highest costs hit areas with the most unemployment such as the North West, a study has found.

Merseyside and North Wales are charged the most, with a typical annual bill of £1,373, research has found.

Those in the South East pay £79 less a year, with bills averaging £1,294, while the cheapest area for energy is north Scotland where households typically pay £1,281 a year.