New Energy and Climate Change Secretary Charles Hendry MP is officially a bioenergy centre in Durham while on a trip to the region.
Mr Hendry will speak to hundreds of people from the energy sector supply chain at a major conference in Gateshead before heading to the energy centre.
More top news
Severe weather has caused untold damage to the region on what was one of the hottest days of the decade.
The sister of England footballer Jill Scott from Sunderland, says she 'couldn't be prouder' of the team, who lost in the World Cup semis.
Victorian North Yorkshire railway station celebrates 150 years of operation