Whitehaven at Night

Encouraging green growth with the
Borderlands Energy Masterplan

Working together to benefit people and places
We are committed to developing an energy investment programme with a clear vision towards a low carbon future, ensuring economic opportunities are realised for residents and businesses across the Borderlands.


Project title: Borderlands Energy Masterplan
Location: Borderlands wide
Theme: Encouraging green growth
Project lead: Northumberland County Council 
Total project value: £1.1 million
Funded by: £1.1 million Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal (from UK Government)
  • Masterplan developed from Nov 2020 to Spring 2022

  • Masterplan published in Spring 2022 

  • Energy investment programme based on the Masterplan will be delivered from Dec 2023 onward

Whitehaven at Night
Realising low carbon economic opportunities 

The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal includes a commitment to develop an energy investment programme with a vision to increase access to low carbon, low cost energy by ensuring resilient low carbon economic opportunities are realised, bringing valued jobs, skills and prosperity across the Borderlands.


This will be taken forward in two stages:

  1. An initial Energy Masterplan, including dedicated place specific plans for pilot areas and

  2. A subsequent larger investment programme-based on this masterplan

Collaborating to create economies of scale

£1.1m has been awarded to undertake this first stage with the five local authorities operating together identify opportunities for collaboration and identify projects where there is potential to benefit from economies of scale and knowledge transfer.


The investment will be used to produce a robust evidence base to inform decision making and identify key areas for investment at both the Borderlands-wide level and through specific local energy investment plans for a number of pilots across the geography.