Skip to content

Clean Energy

Leading the way in nuclear and energy expertise

Aerial photo of an energy plant in Cumbria

Cumbria is an internationally-recognised centre of nuclear excellence, with the capability to lead on a range of large-scale, nationally significant nuclear infrastructure projects which will contribute towards economic growth, locally, regionally and for the UK as a whole.

The nuclear industry is valued at £95 billion in the UK and is growing approximately 2.1% per year. Cumbria’s long associations with the industry, especially in the defence sector and the management and logistics of nuclear materials, makes the county a natural home to a highly experienced nuclear energy workforce.

Cumbria’s nuclear and energy excellence is also contributing to the growth of a highly productive business cluster of industrial expertise, from the design and production of submarines to specialisms in subsea technologies and support for oil and gas production.

The county’s energy sector is winning international acclaim for its innovation, safety and legacy management, as well as diversifying into higher impact renewable opportunities such as off shore wind.

The county is also home to the leading development of the UK submarine programme which includes the "national endeavour" development and build of the UK’s replacement nuclear deterrent submarine fleet; a £40bn and 20-year programme of the highest quality of engineering, manufacture, technology and innovation.

Our natural resources make us a major player in the UK’s renewable energy generation with Cumbria’s Energy Coast already home to over 20% of the UK’s windfarm generation capacity including one of the world’s largest off-shore wind farm at Walney II with a capacity of 700 megawatts, sufficient to power the equivalent of 590,000 homes.

Our coastline also has the potential for tidal energy resources in Morecambe Bay and the Solway Firth, and our rural communities are developing technology areas for micro-hydro, biomass and other renewable applications.

When taken together, these have driven the highest quality supply chain clusters which directly and indirectly support the growth of jobs, skills and education, and innovation and technology.

Overall the Clean Energy sector is part of Cumbria’s central unique offering that alongside our rural and visitor communities shape our combination of landscape and technology that is unlike any other part of the UK.

  • Growing new Clean Energy projects and opportunities

  • Developing exports and new business

  • Creating opportunities from our existing environmental remediation capability

  • Robotics and AI as a platform for new research and innovation growth

  • Continuing to develop our ‘people’ capability

  • Supporting climate change goals through Clean Energy sectors

Our goal is to truly contribute to Cumbria’s and the UK Net Zero Carbon drive and therefore to make a positive contribution to mitigate the effects of climate change. This is the greatest challenge facing our generation.

In the manner in which we do this, there are opportunities to grow a clean energy and environmental remediation capability that can lead to new power generation, UK and export business growth, and diversification routes for our rural and visitor communities, improving productivity and creating new jobs and employment in Cumbria.

Visit Strategy
& Plans

What we're all doing for Cumbria

Find out more

Photo of a small group of people pointing at documents on a desk


Sign up to our newsletter for information on news, events and more

  • This field is required. Please enter your full name
  • This field is required. Please enter your email address
  • This field is required. Please tick the box to accept the terms
  • *Please read our Privacy Policy

Your login details have been used by another user or machine. Login details can only be used once at any one time so you have therefore automatically been logged out. Please contact your sites administrator if you believe this other user or machine has unauthorised access.