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Proposal for a new Energy Park in north west Nottingham

INFORMAL negotiations with developers to build and operate a new Energy Park in north west Nottingham, creating 500 jobs, have been opened by Nottingham City Council. The authority wants to develop a 6.75ha site next to Blenheim Industrial Estate in Bulwell as a new business park supplied by renewable energy produced on site. Suitable energy sources would include an anaerobic digestion plant producing electricity from food waste, solar, wind turbines –or a combination of these or other renewable forms. The authority has made it clear that it is open to suggestions and is now inviting approaches from developers or consortia of developers to become partners in the project. As well as supplying energy to businesses on site, the park has the potential to provide clean energy to both Rolls Royce at Hucknall and 800 new homes nearby in Ashfield district. The city council is keen to develop a clean energy ‘cluster’ at the site that would attract more businesses to a part of Nottingham that suffers an 8.5% unemployment rate (December 2010 figures). Suitable businesses at the energy would include university spin-outs, R&D and also manufacturing. A selling point of the park to businesses could be the supply of reliable and competitively priced energy. One option may be to tie energy customers into contracts offering electricity at a guaranteed stable price protecting them from price fluctuations in the market. A final decision on whether to go ahead with the energy park could be made as early as the spring this year.

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