Square One Law is supporting thinktank IPPR North’s Northern Energy Taskforce which is seeking to develop an energy strategy for the Northern Powerhouse which has been established to oversee an ambitious programme of work over the next 18 months.
The Taskforce will be chaired by Sir John Harman, who will be supported by a number of high-profile figures with expertise across infrastructure, engineering, finance, academia and local government.
The Taskforce has three main objectives:
- Develop a plan for the northern energy system to 2030, addressing the key needs and challenges facing energy consumers and businesses in the North.
- Create a vision of the northern energy sector in 2030 and a practical roadmap to get there, addressing the economic opportunities for businesses, higher education institutions and the public sector in the energy sector.
- Set out a plan for ‘energy devolution’ that will consider whether and how various powers and responsibilities for energy issues should be devolved to different pan-northern, sub-regional and local levels.
“The opportunities in this area are huge. What is of most interest is the possibility of using second life batteries – batteries which are no longer being used in a car – as an energy store. What we need is to apply existing skills to this emerging technology in order to create new business opportunities.”