Hundreds of new jobs could be created, following a government announcement to speed up renewable energy projects.
A North East development agency says it fears for the future of a Northumberland town after yesterday's Rio TInto Alcan redundancies.
The last shift ends for nearly 300 workers at Alcan after 40 years of smelting at Lynemouth, Northumberland.
Hundreds of new jobs could be created following a government announcement to speed up private investment in power stations using renewable energy.
The firms will receive a guaranteed price for producing low-carbon energy.
The first projects to benefit are on Teesside and in Northumberland.
Lynemouth and the surrounding area was hit badly in 2012, when the former Alcan aluminium smelter was closed, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.
The power station next door, which employed 130 people and was sold to new owners, will be converted from coal to biomass.
Teesside Renewable Energy in Middlesbrough is also expected to press ahead with investment to produce biomass energy.
Berwick MP, Sir Alan Beith, says it is good news for Lynemouth.
A biomass plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland is one of eight projects, in which the government has announced new investment.
The town was hit badly in 2012 when the former aluminium smelter was closed, with the loss of hundreds of jobs. An adjacent power station, which employed 130 people, was eventually sold to new owners and will now be converted to produce biomass energy.
The other seven projects given new support include Teesside Renewable Energy in Middlesbrough and Drax in Selby, in North Yorkshire, which will both also produce biomass energy. All together, the eight UK projects could support up to 8500 jobs.
The estate has been managed by Alcan Farms Ltd since 1972 after the land was taken on by Rio Tinto as part of the development of the former Lynemouth aluminium smelter. It was put up for sale following the closure of the smelter in March 2012.
The eight Rio Tinto employees that work on the farm will be made redundant in June 2014.
The Crown Estate has bought Rio Tinto's 4,500 acre Alcan Farms agricultural land in Northumberland.
It includes land, farm buildings, 19 homes, and a 13 turbine wind farm leased to Scottish Power Renewables. Under new ownership, it will now be known as the Ellington estate and form part of our 146,000 hectare (360,000 acre) rural land portfolio; one of the largest in the UK.
Farmland around the former smelting plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland has been sold. The plant was mothballed in 2012 with the loss of hundreds of jobs. The 4500 acres of land around it has been bought by the Queen's property company, the Crown Estate.
A man and a woman have been arrested in Lynemouth on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was injured in Northumberland over the weekend.
Police were called to Second Row in Linton near Morpeth after a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg and had to be treated for pellet injuries.
He was taken to the RVI in Newcastle and his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Anyone with any information is being asked to contact 101 or alternatively people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The former Rio Tinto Alcan smelter site in Lynemouth, which closed last year, has welcomed its first new tenant. Aartoft Limited will take up some of the space enabling them to expand and take on more staff.
More than 500 people lost their jobs when the site closed.
– John McCabe, Regional Economic Development Director
We are working closely with local politicians, Northumberland County Council, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, the Government and other interested parties to ensure we promote the site and all of its credentials to potential investors with credible and sustainable business plans.
Linked directly to the RED strategy is the legacy that Rio Tinto Alcan wants to leave behind. Our extensive legacy programme will ensure we leave the community stronger and more self-sustaining in the face of future challenges.
A second public meeting will be held by Rio Tinto Alcan later this morning to update the public and stakeholders after the closure of the Smelter in Lynemouth.
The local community will be given details of the latest developments on the smelter's Regional Economic Development (RED) Strategy, and ongoing legacy initiatives that have been put in place to support Lynemouth and wider South East Northumberland.
– John McCabe, Regional Economic Development Director,
Building on the success of the public meeting we held earlier this year, we have listened to valuable feedback from our neighbours and are keen to involve key stakeholders and members of the public in our ongoing RED strategy. As part of this, we are committed to providing regular updates on future plans for the site.