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The east’s energy sector believes it could provide a major boost to UK’s economic recovery as efforts continue to achieve ambitious net-zero targets.

Geo-data specialists are set to scan the East Anglian sea bed in a deal worth £55m.

Major research is being carried out into the impact of man-made structures in the North Sea – and what to do with them once they are decommissioned.

Views on plans to expand two wind farms off the north Norfolk coast - and build a new substation near Norwich - are being sought by developers.

At least one of three huge wind farm projects planned to be built off the Norfolk coast will go ahead.

A move towards a substation linking cables from three huge planned wind farms off the Norfolk coast has been hailed by groups campaigning to preserve the Norfolk landscape.

A ruling on whether one of the world’s biggest wind farms can be built off the Norfolk coast has been deferred for another month.

A major windfarm development planned off the Norfolk coast has been told it may be delayed by up to five months.

A popular spot on the north Norfolk coast has been chosen as the place cabling would come ashore should plans to expand two wind farms be approved.

East Anglian businesses have landed a major jobs-boosting contract with an energy giant poised to create two of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms off the Norfolk coast.

A ruling on whether the world’s biggest wind farm can be build off the Norfolk coast has been delayed due to the conronavirus pandemic.

East Anglia’s offshore wind farm sector is hoping to break into the US market with the expertise it has built up through developing the region’s coastline.

The final turbine to complete a wind farm off the East Anglian coast has been installed.

East Anglian businesses are in prime position to win contracts worth millions, with the region at the epicentre of a windfarm revolution.

As energy group Vattenfall focuses on supporting its key workers to keep our lights on during the coronavirus crisis, it’s also not losing sight of the future and its commitment to renewable energy projects.

Council bosses are urging EDF Energy to delay the next stage of their plans for Sizewell C until after the coronavirus pandemic.

Norfolk business have come together to launch an online forum to help safeguard offshore wind development post-coronavirus.

A decision on whether to build the world’s biggest wind farm off the east Norfolk coast has been hit by coronavirus.

EEEGR conference and exhibition will now be held in September, organisers say

A council has appointed a new business development manager to “drive forward” a landmark centre.

Next month experts from across the energy industry will present their vision for the transition to net zero at the East of England Energy Group’s (EEEGR) SNS2020 conference.

MPs have launched a renewed bid for a “strategic plan” for the East of England’s offshore wind revolution – but an industry expert has said one of the key demands is “not feasible”.

A Norfolk council has joined calls for new technology to offset the onshore impact of offshore wind farms.

Two controversial wind turbines near the north Norfolk coast have been given the go ahead after years of battles between developers, residents and the local council.

A quarter of a million pounds has been invested into a coastal town as a port unveils its state-of-the-art future proof offices.

A decision timeline on whether two of the world’s biggest wind farms can be built off the north Norfolk coast is expected in June.

The government has again delayed a ruling on whether two of the biggest wind farms in the world can be built off the north Norfolk coast.

A carbon-free future is the topic of discussion at a two day conference and exhibition held in Norwich, titled “Smart Generation – the Transition to 2050”.

A decision on whether to allow a huge wind farm off the Norfolk coast has been delayed amid a raft of concerns.

A wish list for how offshore wind contracts are awarded has been shaped by Norfolk and Suffolk businesses hoping to work on Vattenfall’s two multi-billion pound offshore wind farms off Norfolk.

Energy and maritime training provider Maersk Training has announced a partnership with East Coast College.

A bid to ensure East Anglia is ready to capitalise on the government’s ambitious zero carbon target has been launched.

A Suffolk college hopes its 
new specialised training centre will help cement the region’s place on the global energy sector map.

A new £11.7m energy skills centre is set to be unveiled in Lowestoft next month.

The future of a Great Yarmouth business and its 250 employees has been secured following a multi-million pound buyout.

A warning has been issued to householders following a spate of scam telephone calls from someone claiming to be from an energy assessment body.

A couple have moved out of their “forever home” because of fear of harm from electric and magnetic fields (EMFs).

The opening of a state-of-the-art operations building for the region’s largest windfarm marks a “fantastic” three decade commitment to Lowestoft and it’s people, claim project directors leading a £25 million investment.

Solar panelling is on the cards for a major supermarket in Norwich.

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The businessman behind a bid to turn Downham Market into a “smart town” says this time will be different despite his last attempt to bring a tech campus to the area ending in failure.

An oil and gas firm which collapsed owing more than £1 million has blamed its failure on the death of its boss and falling sales.

The coast of East Anglia will undoubtedly become home to a large proportion of the 37 wind farms the Labour Party has pledged to build if it enters government, an expert predicts.

Jasmine Allen, 19, has only recently left college, but she is now going on to work in the fast-growing renewable energy sector.

Electricity has started flowing from the region’s biggest offshore wind farm.

Environmental investment fund buys anaerobic digestion plant on the Suffolk-Norfolk border.

Locally-brewed beer was poured over roofing tiles at a topping-out ceremony during the construction of 40 new energy-efficient family homes.

The power company Norwich City Council is using to offer thousands of people cheaper renewable energy has been hit with a multi-million pound fine - after one of its traders manipulated UK gas prices.

A major investment in an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant on the Norfolk-Suffolk border signals the long-term viability of green gas, an expert said.

A biomass energy plant which has brought jobs and millions to the economy is looking to expand with the building of a new switch room.

A north Norfolk farmer is inviting visitors to see a fast-growing energy crop which he says has boosted his soil health while diversifying his income.

Anyone interested in having their say on the planned Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm can now register to give their views.

Shell has completed a new solar battery storage project on the north Norfolk coast, following a shift to renewable energy.

A petition urging the government to compel the firms behind plans for two windfarms to link their supply lines offshore rather than build separate substations in Norfolk has gathered more than 1,000 signatures.

A region-wide All Energy Industry Council has been formed to combat concerns raised about Norfolk and Suffolk’s workforce capabilities.

The bid for Norfolk to become the centre of wind power revolution has stepped up a level with Swedish energy giants Vattenfall holding a supply chain event in Norwich.

Landlords across Norfolk could be wiped out by new energy efficiency rules aimed at cutting tenants’ bills but hitting property owners’ pockets.

Watchdogs have warned people in Norfolk have been warned to watch out for a scam related to solar panels.

Residents living in a block of council flats in a town centre could save themselves £700 a year in energy bills after plans to install an energy efficient coating around their homes were submitted.

A widow has hit out at solar panel firms who have continuously attempted to charge her for new products since she had panels installed.

More than a dozen firms based on a rural business park are having to rely on generators because of an unpaid power bill, which could be as high as £370,000.

Parish councils in areas affected by construction traffic if the world’s biggest offshore wind farm is given the go-ahead have shared their concerns.

The government’s energy minister was in Lowestoft today to launch a £250m offshore wind deal that looks set to create several thousand jobs.

Planning hearings are set to be held into a project to build one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms - which could see the firm behind the scheme purchase a 50km corridor of countryside.

Almost 2,000 new jobs across 59 businesses have been offered since the launch of a special scheme in 2012, with a hopeful outlook for the future expected.

A Norfolk farming family has ditched its traditional crop rotation to grow maize for energy instead – part of a future-proofing partnership to reduce business risk amid uncertain times.

Volunteers who want a community centre to save money by going green have hit out at council bosses - for blocking its bid for solar panels.

Plans to build a new mid Norfolk police station as part of the force’s vision for the future of policing in the county have been earmarked for approval.

The energy industry is once again alight with conversation after a new study has delved into the potential of storing power from wind farms in undersea rock beds.

A new £11.3million skills centre to train people to work in the energy, engineering, maritime and offshore sectors is on schedule to open in Suffolk this autumn.

Plans to build a £200m gas-fired power station on the A140 close to the Norfolk-Suffolk border have been put on hold following an EU court ruling.

Norwich’s manufacturing industry has been dealt another blow as it was announced 200 jobs were set to go at a business with nearly 100 years of history in the city.

Sunny north Norfolk weather will soon be put to good use by the district council, which is planning to spend £225,000 on adding 390 solar panels to its Cromer headquarters.

An energy supplier with customers across East Anglia has vowed to improve after being slapped with a ban on taking on new clients by the regulator.

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Young people were brought together with firms from across the energy sector to learn about the jobs available to them now and in the future.

Hundreds more wind turbines could be built off the Norfolk and Suffolk coast, potentially bringing thousands of skilled jobs to the region.

TV naturalist Chris Packham has called on energy bosses to “work harder” to avoid building a massive substation in a “beautiful” Suffolk habitat.

The first phase of a project to open up more land for Lowestoft port’s bid to become a recognised renewable energy hub has been completed.

People could be given the chance to buy electricity and gas via Norwich City Council, with City Hall leaders saying it should mean cheaper bills for those who sign up.

Offshore engineering firm Aquaterra Energy has secured another major contract on a Norwegian oil field.

A green energy scheme which has benefited thousands of households in the region could close to newcomers.

North Norfolk’s MP has called into question the district council’s decision to press ahead with plans to spend more than £2m on a controversial business zone targeted at the offshore energy sector.

A student from west Norfolk has been awarded a sought-after scholarship to further his studies in the energy sector.

Great Yarmouth port has struck a long-term partnership with an offshore services group, which it says will drive further investment and job creation in the coastal town.

A 200-strong delegation from the East of England’s energy industry will head to Westminster this month to reinforce to politicians the region’s importance to the sector and the UK economy.

Energy firm Vattenfall have invited the public to give their views on the impact of one of the world’s largest wind farms, to be built off the north Norfolk coast.

The East Anglia ONE wind farm off the coast of Lowestoft is beginning to take shape. Business writer Bethany Whymark and visual specialist Antony Kelly went out to sea to see the progress.

Decommissioning in the southern North Sea (SNS) will be the focus of two “unique” cross-Channel events being organised by energy industry trade bodies.

A generation of jobs in Great Yarmouth’s energy industry has been secured after the town was chosen as the home base for two of the world’s largest offshore wind farms.

An energy services company has put a £250,000 vote of confidence into a Lowestoft industrial estate where it hopes to create a new business hub.

Brace yourself: energy bills are about to be hit by a double whammy.

The evolving demands on energy supply and distribution in East Anglia were at the heart of an industry conference in Norwich.

Concerns have been raised over a council’s £2.2m commitment to a controversial business zone scheme offering reduced rates for companies involved in the offshore energy sector.

Global energy giant Shell has underlined its commitment to Norfolk, saying that the coastline remains “absolutely at the heart” of its North Sea plans.

An offshore energy services firm has recruited the help of a Norwich data centre to improve its “business resilience”.

A public consultation has opened into an application to build one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms off the north Norfolk coast.

The investment in coastal communities which has come with the rise of East Anglia’s offshore energy sector has provided training opportunities for local residents.

A government initiative to attract more investment in offshore energy has been welcomed by industry leaders in East Anglia.

3sun Group, based in Great Yarmouth, will be servicing the construction stage of East Anglia One from the wind farm’s operations and maintenance base in Lowestoft.

A project to develop a new skills strategy for the oil and gas sector has been welcomed by sector representatives in the East of England.

The construction of 98 new energy-efficient houses has been marked by a traditional topping-out ceremony - with locally-brewed beer poured over roof tiles.

A young engineering business offering services to the renewable energy sector has added a big new contract to its portfolio.

The first nuclear reactor built to the design planned for the proposed Sizewell C power plant in Suffolk has started producing electricity for the first time.

A campaign to get more East Anglian businesses involved in a multi-billion pound energy project off the region’s coast is being stepped up.

An employer-led skills centre designed to train the next generation of offshore energy sector workers in East Anglia opens its doors today.

Developers want to increase the amount of material which will be processed by a new waste plant.

Norfolk farmers have been offered a chance to learn more about growing, harvesting and selling miscanthus, to help meet “unprecedented demand” for the energy crop.

The opening of an £8m centre of excellence demonstrates an energy services company’s commitment to the Norfolk coast, one of its bosses has said.

A Norfolk pipework manufacturer is heading back to its roots in the energy sector as it continues on a growth trajectory.

Employer-led training to ensure a pipeline of workers for multibillion pound offshore wind farms around the East Anglian coast is set to start next month.

The region’s energy businesses will gather today with the “perfect opportunity” to make the most of the East’s nuclear, offshore wind and gas projects, an industry leader has said.

A logistics firm with more than 50 years experience in the oil and gas sector has expanded into the region as it aims to serve the renewables market.

Renewable energy projects across Norfolk and Suffolk are producing more than £71m of electricity a year as businesses continue to invest in independent power.

Energy giants have given a multi-billion pound vote of confidence to the industry in the East of England.

Lowestoft’s growing expertise in the offshore renewables industry has been further underlined after a multi-million pound contract on the world’s largest offshore wind farm was awarded to a company in the town.

Companies in the East of England’s energy supply chain can come face-to-face with major oil and gas operators at a Meet the Buyer event focused on the Southern North Sea (SNS).

As the energy industry’s biggest conference in the East of England gets underway, some of the sector’s leading lights express their views on the opportunities and challenges 2018 will bring.

The UK’s strongest man will be showing off his power in a visit to Norfolk next week.

The time it will take to dig a huge cable trench across Norfolk for an offshore wind farm has been slashed.

An energy consultancy is looking to spread its wings after unveiling a three-year growth plan - and is offering staff an unusual incentive.

A project to transform a disused water tower into a futuristic home is close to completion.

An energy operator is to extend the life of a gas field off the East Anglian coast with a £75m investment to drill a new well.

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A renewable energy expert has joined the board of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

A property company has mothballed its energy division and sold some of its assets citing a decline in the market as a result of a drop in government incentives.

An energy research and consultancy business is aiming to enter European markets after securing “substantial” backing from an investment firm.

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Norfolk’s new biomass power plant is fuelling an increased demand for energy crops of miscanthus to be grown in the county.

A giant paper mill is soon set to make its own energy thanks to a huge £45m investment in a new power plant.

Ten offshore workers had to be rescued from a normally unattended platform off the Norfolk coast following a gas leak.

A consortium of six East Anglian farmers will undertake field trials to assess the optimum use of organic fertilisers, generated as by-products from anaerobic digestion (AD) energy plants.

A private equity firm is placing a multi-million pound vote of confidence in the East Anglian energy industry.

An energy company which snapped up a disused gas pipeline for £1 says bringing it back into use could deliver £100m of savings and power up to nine million homes a year.

Britain’s largest gas distribution network has marked its independence from former majority stake holder National Grid with a rebrand.

Energy company bosses have been urged to explore alternatives to building a large booster station which campaigners say would blight the north Norfolk countryside.

The first gas from the Cygnus field has arrived at the Bacton terminal – the start of what is expected to be at least a 20-year supply.

East Anglia’s biggest gas-to-grid crop anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, based on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, was launched this week.

At a time when councils face cutback after cutback, one Suffolk authority has decided to spend £14.5m on a solar farm.

Norfolk is home to over one million solar panels, with the potential to produce 265MW of renewable energy. At full capacity that’s enough to power over 80,000 homes - a fifth of all households in the county.

While growing fields of maize for biogas has ignited “food versus fuel” debates, an East Anglian farming estate says it has created a viable market for its crop, while helping meet the UK’s renewable energy targets.

The final piece of the jigsaw has been slotted into place at the solar farm at the former RAF base at Coltishall which has now been switched on.

Two renewable energy companies have closed in the wake of cuts to government subsidies which have dried up order books and driven firms into liquidation.

Almost £13m has been spent by the University of East Anglia (UEA) on two environmental schemes that have not materialised, it has emerged.

A new solar farm will be adding to north Norfolk’s renewable energy mix.

Councillors cast their eyes over the location of a proposed solar farm on the edge of North Walsham during an inspection of the site.

Developers behind a controversial £370m energy park on the edge of Norwich have admitted they are facing serious problems in finding investors.

It’s a tricky problem – how do you make money from barren fields which have rejected all efforts to grow viable cereals or vegetables? The answer for a growing number of East Anglian farmers is a towering energy crop which seems to thrive in low-yielding soil.

Villagers have told of their disappointment after a controversial bid to build a solar farm on the edge of Norwich got the green light.

Farmers have been urged to explore the financial benefits of selling surplus straw to Norfolk’s newest biomass plant – while the baling industry seeks to allay concerns about availability for livestock or soil enrichment.

The public will get the chance today and tomorrow to see progress on ambitious plans for a £325m energy plant on the edge of Norwich city centre.

A revolutionary system of turning poultry manure into energy that has been piloted on a Norfolk farm is set to make the whole industry more sustainable, both economically and environmentally.

Bosses at Busseys have hailed a six-figure investment in solar panel technology adding that is has fuelled a drive to be the greenest car dealership in the county.

Swathes of farmland could be covered with solar panels under plans put forward by developers.

A Norwich-based engineering firm is celebrating a landmark £5m deal with a Chinese energy company which is equal to a third of its turnover.

Plans to build a solar farm described as “the largest on-shore renewable energy project in north Norfolk” were granted planning permission today.

Energy writer Ben Woods meets Perenco UK’s Southern North Sea operations manager John Sewell.

The creation of the Sizewell C power station will mark the latest stage in the 50 year history of the Suffolk coastal site.

Thousands of solar panels could be built on mid Norfolk fields following planning applications for two large solar farms.

Chef Galton Blackiston has signed up Morston Hall hotel and restaurant to a new energy-saving project to help cut costs and reduce carbon emissions.

An entrepreneur has launched a device aimed at making solar water heating more affordable.

Plans to build a new electricity substation alongside the A47 near Swaffham drew contrasting opinions from villagers at a public exhibition of the proposals.

A couple are hoping to take the next step in turning their East Ruston business into a completely carbon neutral enterprise by erecting a wind turbine on their land.

The UK’s largest solar roof installation has been launched this week at a site in north Suffolk.

Soaring demand for renewable energy is set to double sales at RenEnergy this year, according to the firm’s new chief executive.

It might seem like science fiction, but developers say this cutting-edge tidal energy harvester and flood barrier could become technically achievable on the River Yare at Great Yarmouth within three years.

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