Energy Innovation Zones could be set up anywhere in the UK, but there is a strong case for starting in the West Midlands – where the idea was born. The region faces some acute energy, business and social challenges, but also enjoys distinct advantages that would support the introduction of this approach. The West Midlands suffers some of the worst energy poverty in the country, a high concentration of energy-intensive manufacturing, and areas of grid constraint and poor air quality. But it also hosts world-class universities, manufacturers and innovation agencies, and will need to build huge amounts of energy infrastructure over the coming decades. The West Midlands is the biggest regional economy outside London, and its annual energy bill of £10 billion could provide a platform for local clean energy innovators to grow into major export businesses. This combination of need, capacity and scale makes the West Midlands an ideal place to trial EIZs.
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