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The South East Midlands' Energy Strategy details the route map to secure clean energy to power business and housing growth in the area in line with our local, national and international commitments to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency.

Working with partners, we are committed to improving productivity and sustainability in tandem. To achieve this, SEMLEP promotes growth which is fuelled by renewable energy, smart and connected transport solutions, and greener vehicles, buildings and design principles across the South East Midlands and wider Oxford Cambridge Arc region.

The Energy Strategy, commissioned by SEMLEP, was developed by the National Energy Foundation and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Priority actions set out in the new energy strategy look at how to address energy supply and distribution issues, mapped against demand and new technologies to help avoid constraints for business. It also sets out actions to allow the South East Midlands to rise to the challenge of decarbonising heating, through the rollout of low carbon heat networks and greater heat efficiency of buildings.

We'd like to keep you informed of energy-related projects, information and events. If you want to be involved, tell us here.

Click here to download the full Energy Strategy and Executive Summary.

Energy Strategy Launch 

On 28 February 2019, SEMLEP launched the South East Midlands Energy Strategy. 

View the presentations from the event here.

Across the South East Midlands, there are a number of funding opportunities for energy projects. To help businesses to access this funding, we’ve collated some of the funding streams below.

If you are aware of any other funding opportunities, please email Arthur.LeGeyt@semlep.com with more information.

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (Phase 1)

Description: A £30 million fund, to support the deployment of mature technologies that improve industrial process energy efficiency and reduce energy demand. The programme also funds feasibility and engineering studies for projects deploying mature energy efficiency technologies or deep decarbonisation technologies. A second phase of funding will launch in 2021.
Funding available: £30m 
Audience: Manufacturing and data centre businesses
Deadline: 28 October 2020
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Rural Community Energy Fund

Description: A £10 million programme that supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects with community benefits.
Funding available: £10m
Audience: Community groups and other social enterprises
Deadline: February 2021
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ChargePoint Infrastructure Investment Fund

Description: This fund aims to catalyse the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure that is required to support the electrification of vehicles.
Funding available: £200m
Audience: Businesses and Local Authorities  
Deadline: March 2024
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Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

Description: This scheme is a government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat by businesses, the public sector and non-profit organisations.
Funding available: Funding proportional to the technology
Audience: Businesses, public sector and non-profit organisations
31 March 2021
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Flexible Power by WPD

Description: A new programme where WPD energy customers, within a Constraint Management Zone (CMZ), can be paid to reduce demand or increase supply during specific periods where demand or generation capacity is constrained. Participants can receive up to £600 per MW provided through the scheme.
Funding available: varies with CMZ
Audience: Domestic and industrial customers, as well as communities, cooperatives and aggregators
Opening: TBC
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Industrial Heat Recovery Support Programme

Description: A programme designed to encourage and support investment in heat recovery technologies. 
Funding available: £18m 
Audience: Businesses of any size who want to invest in opportunities for recovering and reusing heat that would otherwise be wasted.
Deadline: March 2022
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Sustainable Innovation Fund: Round 1

Description: A funding competition designed to help all sectors of the UK rebuild from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Funding available: £55m 
Audience: UK-registered businesses can apply (singly or in collaboration).
Deadline: 29 July 2020
More information

For information about the innovation and networking support available for energy projects, click the following tab. 

Green Homes Grant

Description: Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher of up to £5,000 towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills. The government will provide a voucher that covers up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to your home.

You may be able to receive a voucher of up to £10,000 if you are a homeowner and either you or a member of your household receives one of the qualifying means-tested benefits, covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. Landlords cannot apply for the low-income part of the scheme.

Local Authorities will also be making support available for low income households in their local area through the Green Homes Grant: Local Authority Delivery. More information on participating Local Authorities will be made available on GOV.UK in due course.
Funding available: £1.5bn 
Audience: Landlords and businesses operating from homes
Deadline: March 2021
More information

For information about the innovation and networking support available for energy projects, click the following tab. 

Greater South East Energy Hub

Description: The Greater South East Energy Hub, funded by BEIS, works to increase the number, quality and scale of local energy projects. To do this, their team of energy project managers provide technical expertise to assist in the delivery of local energy projects to benefit local authorities and their communities, private investors and businesses operating in the low carbon sector. For more information, click here.

Western Power Distribution

Innovation theme: distribution network
Description: Western Power Distributed is an energy distribution network operator covering a large proportion of the SEMLEP area. WPD has a number of programmes and initiatives available to support local energy innovation, including an energy data hub, which provides a breadth of information on its network. For additional information, click here or email: Wpdinnovation@westernpower.co.uk

UK Power Networks

Innovation theme: distribution network
Description: UK Power Networks, is the Distribution Networks Operator covering the southern and eastern parts of SEMLEP. UKPN cover a range of innovation projects under the themes: Low Carbon Ready, Future Ready and Efficient & Effective. To view the individual projects, click here.

The UKPN team leads projects ranging from £50,000 to more than £25 million. They are looking to work with industry to research and trail ideas that can add value to their network and be translated into business-as-usual. To find out more, or to submit an idea, click here. 

Energy Systems Catapult Innovator Support Platform

Innovation theme: innovation in energy systems and technologies
Description: Energy Systems Catapult's Innovator Support Platform provides innovators with tailored incubation and acceleration support to help address systemic barriers, de-risk innovation, help businesses scale and secure investment. For more information on the platform, plus information on other innovation opportunities available, click here.

Connected Places Catapult

Innovation theme: transport/energy systems
Description: Connected Places Catapult are regularly seeking partners for Open Calls and industry collaborations in the transport innovation and smart cities arenas. To view Connected Places Catapult's current opportunities, click here.

Renewable Energy Association 

Innovation theme: low carbon  
The Renewable Energy Association is a coalition build to promote a future built on renewable energy and clean technology. The organisation is the largest renewable energy and associated clean technology body in the UK, with over 550 member organisations representing every type of renewable energy. For more information, click here.

Energy Networks Association 

Innovation theme: distribution networks
Description: The Energy Networks Association represents the 'wires and pipes' transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland. The organisation's goal is to promote the UK and Ireland energy networks ensuring their networks are the safest, more reliable, more efficient and sustainable in the world. For more information about the association, click here.

Hydrogen Hub

Innovation theme: transport/energy systems
Description: The Hydrogen Hub is an industry-led community of stakeholders from across the hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain, Government, local authorities, businesses and current and potential users.

The Hydrogen Hub establishes communities or “Hubs” of stakeholders who work together to drive investment in hydrogen and fuel cell technology on a local and national scale. For more information on the Hydrogen Hub, click here.

SEMLEP's Growth Hub

Innovation theme: businesses
: Our Growth Hub supports local businesses through free tailored information, advice and guidance. This support can include talking you through opportunities for funding and, identifying and planning energy-related projects that will help your business to become more efficient. Call the Growth Hub on 0300 01234 35 or email growthhub@semlep.com for more information. 

Energy Catalyst Programme

Innovation theme: energy projects which tackle cost, emissions and security of supply
: Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst programme supports UK-based businesses to develop highly innovative, market-focused energy technologies. A key focus is to address the clean energy access challenge in sub-Saharan Africa and south and south-east Asia. To support the technology funding, a number of international brokerage trips are being planned between February and July 2020. Find out more or apply and take part here.

Octopus Energy

Innovation theme: Renewable energy and energy efficiency
: Octopus Energy, a renewable energy supplier, are inviting local innovators who have innovative energy products to pitch their ideas. Phil Steele, innovation lead at Octopus Energy, will then feature products of interest on his blog. In some circumstances, arrangements are possible with Octopus to offer these products to its customers.  To alert Phil to an innovative product, please email: phil.steele@octoenergy.com or visit Octopus Energy.

Green Business Network

Innovation theme: business energy efficiency and decarbonisation
: The Green Business Network (GBN) helps businesses to improve energy efficiency, manage waste, and reduce their impact on the environment. GBN offers networking and knowledge sharing opportunities and free seminars for members, with over 25 years of experience. The network also offers a consultancy service to help businesses meet environmental legal obligations and reduce costs. For more information visit: www.greenbusinessnetwork.co.uk

Considerate Hoteliers - Considerate's EE Investment Cycle for SMEs

Innovation theme: business energy efficiency
 Energy consumption accounts for up to 10& of the total operating costs of hotels and hospitality businesses and they could realise savings through energy efficiency measures alone of up to 40% of these costs. Major hurdles prevent the small to medium-sized hospitality sector from improving its building stock. Fluttr aims to drive investment energy efficiency retrofits by overcoming these barriers, to help prepare this sector for the large-scale regulatory shifts that life ahead.
Find out more.


Take a look at the beacon energy projects based here in the South East Midlands. To support our route to zero carbon, we want to highlight best practice in energy generation, energy-efficient buildings (including retrofit), grid constraint solutions, low carbon transport, energy efficiency improvements to industrial processes or innovations in technology. Want to include yours? Get in touch with Arthur.LeGeyt@semlep.com.

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