Local MPs meet David Cameron to bring renewable energy to Humberside
Local MPs Andrew Percy and Martin Vickers met with Prime Minister David Cameron recently to discuss how renewable energy could benefit the Humberside area.
Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole joined Mr Vickers, the MP for Barton, Cleethorpes, Immingham and the Wolds, to represent the region at Number 10 Downing Street.
The two local MPs met with the PM and Energy Minister John Hayes to discuss the Renewable Energy Sector and how best Northern Lincolnshire and Humberside could benefit from its future development.
The duo pushed the Prime Minister on a number of renewable energy prospects in the Humber area.
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Discussed were the co-firing of biomass, important to the nearby Drax and Eggborough power stations, and off-shore wind opportunities.
The possibilities for bio-ethanol production in the Humber were also raised with the Prime Minister.
Mr Percy said "Our area could stand to gain thousands of jobs over the next few years if the renewable energy opportunities are realised.
"The Government recently published the Energy Bill which has provided the certainty investors needed moving forward.
"The Prime Minister was clearly very well aware of the potential for renewable energy in the Humber area and he pledged to do whatever he could to support the creation of thousands of jobs in the sector."
Mr Vickers said "[the meeting was] extremely worthwhile, the Government recognise the opportunities the industry offers and I was able to emphasise the advantages the Humber and northern Lincolnshire in particular has over other parts of the country."
Mr Percy said "The Prime Minister has agreed to take away a number of the issues we raised today for further consideration.
"We look forward to working with him to try to unlock this much needed investment in North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire."