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Humber to potentially create “UK’s largest renewable energy cluster”

The transformation of the Humber into a global centre for green energy industries will form the central focus of the area’s proposed City Deal devolution package, reported the Yorkshire Post.

Council and business leaders last night hailed the historic opportunity for Hull and the Humber to win a raft of new powers and funding from Whitehall as they push forward with their drive to create “the UK’s largest renewable energy cluster”.

With its vast docklands and close proximity to the sprawling offshore wind farms set to be built out in the North Sea over the next 10 years, the Humber area has the potential to become a major manufacturing base for wind turbines.

Ensuring local skills training is focused on the new green energy industries is therefore certain to be a centrepiece of the City Deal proposal for the Humber area.

The LEP will now work closely with local authority bosses from Hull, East Riding, North and North East Lincolnshire, over the next two months to draw up detailed plans for a devolution package.

The Government is optimistic that by handing powers back to key cities and the wider economic areas that surround them, civic leaders will be able to drive growth locally and so boost the wider British economy.

If agreed, the deal is expected to be up and running by November 2013.

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