As a company with a strong Yorkshire heritage, we are passionate about supporting the economy of the North of England and promoting the role of the energy sector within it.
That is why we play an active role in the Northern Powerhouse Programme and regularly meet with regional bodies such as Transport for the North and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
We are also represented on the board of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, a group of leading northern businesses and civic leaders committed to maximising the economic potential of the North.
As part of our work with the Partnership, the CEO of Drax Power, Andy Koss, chaired five workshops focusing on the opportunities and challenges facing the energy sector in the North. Over 100 people attended the workshops in York, Hull, Warrington, Lancaster and Carlisle, which brought together industry experts, local authorities and community groups.
The workshops informed a report published by the Partnership in September 2017, Powerhouse 2050: Transforming the North, which recommended several policy interventions to address the North’s productivity gap and create an extra 850,000 jobs by 2050.