Positive news to come to 'fruition'
EMPHASISING the Humber's mix of energy sources will help the region compete globally, according to a businessman backing a renewables awards event.
There is mounting anticipation the region will soon hear positive news relating to Siemens' proposed factory in Green Port Hull.
Matt Jukes, Associated British Ports (ABP) port director for Hull and Goole, told the Mail ABP had "made enormous progress last year, particularly with a number of projects in the renewables sector, which I hope will come to fruition during this year".
He said: "In particular, our plans for Green Port Hull remain on track and I hope to make further announcements in this respect early this year."
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However, Richard Tuplin, director of The Insurance Partnership (TIP), said the wider area must demonstrate its broad portfolio of green energy developments, not just wind energy, to ensure it is seen as a true centre of excellence for the renewables industry.
It comes as the Hull company is sponsoring a category in the Humber Renewables Awards 2013.
Now in its second year, the event recognises the work going on to make the region a capital for green energy- related business and activity.
Mr Tuplin said: "The Humber estuary has to emphasise its potential across a broad mix of renewables projects to be a true centre of energy excellence, not just as a home for wind power.
"This is an important point to make. The fact we can offer developers and investors a whole range of facilities and opportunities across wind, tidal, biomass, micro-generation and other sources.
"By doing this, we can create a critical mass and show the Humber has a complete renewables offering that competes not just on a European level but on truly global scale."
TIP, which employs 180 people and has an annual turnover of £60m, is sponsoring the Best Renewable Energy Project or Installation Award.
There are ten award categories to choose from and submissions close on January 21.
Mr Tuplin said the awards were now an important part of the sector's calendar locally.
He said: "The awards give a much-needed focus to an industry that is emerging and for which people are working very hard to develop in the Humber.
"However, it's also an industry that's not always understood by the public or can seem complex to business, so showcasing it in the right way and what talent we have in the Humber is essential.
"There was a lot of optimism and enthusiasm on display at the awards last year and I hope this year's event will again allow this to shine through."
Nominations can be made online using a simple entry form.
Visit www.footprint renewables.co.uk/awards to enter, or for details.