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.
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.
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.
A shale gas firm in Lancashire wants to extract from six new sites on the Fylde coast
Cuadrilla's also applying for permission to carry out more work at an existing site.
The firm says it wants to "explore" bigger than expected gas reserves beneath the North West.
A company that drills for gas in Lancashire is applying to expand their operations. Cuadrilla wants to drill and fracture the ground at six new sites on the Fylde coast.
They are also applying for permission to carry out more work at an existing site. The company has been opposed by local campaigners in the past.
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.