The ‘Energy Research Partnership’ was announced by the Chancellor in his March 2005 Budget Statement to bring together key funders of energy research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) in Government, industry and academia, plus other interested bodies, to provide high-level leadership for, and to enhance the coherence of, energy research and innovation activities in the UK, set within an international context.

The ERP is funded on a three-yearly cycle by its membership with its consortium agreement discussed, amended and renewed at the end of each cycle.


ERP is a public-private partnership seeking to guide and accelerate innovation in the energy sector through enhancing dialogue and collaboration. With a diverse range of energy sector stakeholders we aim to provide a reasoned and independent view, underpinned by industry, government and academic insight. Through a highly engaged membership, we are an open forum that seeks to inform debate, and help shape the Energy and Industrial strategy.

The ERP has a broad ‘Statement of Purpose’ covering:

  • Research and Development – targeting of UK priority technology areas;
  • Innovation – developing partnership models to stimulate and deliver innovation;
  • Policy – providing the factual basis to inform decision making;
  • Delivery – promoting the role of social science in understanding consumer preferences for the deployment of new technologies and innovations.