Nick Clegg said Britain must "put the foot down on the accelerator" in developing renewable energy as he prepared to launch a new Government strategy for offshore wind power.
The strategy, to be unveiled by the Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Secretary Ed Davey in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, later today will set out plans to help make Britain "the most cutting-edge green economy in the world".
Mr Clegg said yesterday that the sector "has the potential to create 30,000 jobs and contribute a further £7 billion to the economy by the end of this decade".
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will visit the North East of England today to show the area is not a "desolate" part of the country.
The visit comes after Conservative peer Lord Howell said fracking could take place in the "desolate" North East of England, and then suggested he had actually meant the North West.
Mr Clegg and Energy Secretary Ed Davey will launch a new Government offshore wind farm strategy at Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
Lord Howell of Guildford drew gasps of astonishment from the House of Lords when he suggested fracking could take place in the North East without any impact on the surrounding environment.
He said during Lords Questions:
To stunned exclamations, the southern-based peer added:
More than 80% of police officers in the North East have been subjected to an alcohol-related assault during their career, a report said.
A report from Balance - the North East Alcohol Office said one in five officers are assaulted six times or more.
It added that new recruits are warned they will be probably be the victim of an alcohol-related assault, before the end of their first year in the force.
Balance said one of the main factors contributing to this is the price and availability of alcohol, which is too widely promoted.
The number of hospital admissions for people under 30 with alcoholic liver disease has increased by 400 per cent in the North East, experts have warned.
Compared to an overall increase of 117 per cent across the UK, health consultants say the figure is "extremely worrying".
Research by Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, has shown that 115 people under the age of 30 were admitted to hospital for alcoholic liver disease last year, compared to 23 ten years ago.
Dr Steven Masson, Freeman Hospitals Liver Transplant Unit, said: "We need to ensure that people are aware of the dangers. The earlier the age at which people drink, and the more they drink, the greater the chance of developing terminal liver disease in adult life."
A father who bit off part of a love rival's finger at a children's nativity play in South Shields has been sentenced to 11 months in jail.
40-year-old Lee Wilkinson fought with Michael Dent at Harton Primary School in December 2011 during which he bit off the tip of Mr Dent's left little finger.
The court heard that the pair had been involved in a long-running feud after Mr Dent had an affair with Wilkinson's wife while he was working away.
Passing sentence Judge Simon Hickey said he was unable to suspend sentence because of the nature of the offence.
Wilkinson admitted wounding and a public order offence.