Energy Capital, the smart energy innovation partnership for the West Midlands, is launching a major report to benefit the energy industry and urge those working in the sector to secure their place at the major Birmingham event. The ‘Powering West Midlands Growth: A Regional Approach to Clean Energy Innovation’ report will detail the existing challenges, provide evidence-based recommendations and outline the opportunities available across the industry to innovators.

The event, taking place on the afternoon of 28th March 2018 at the University of Birmingham, will be chaired by Sir David King, who previously was the government’s permanent Special Representative for Climate Change and the Chief Scientific Advisor.  Sir David King is the Chair of the Regional Energy Policy Commission, which is made up of a panel of experts from industry, government, academia and policy, who are the authors of the report. The commission have been working collaboratively to identify ways to boost regional competitiveness through the creation of an innovative regional energy market framework.

During the event, delegates will also learn about the Regional Energy Strategy – a document that will set out how the West Midlands will rise to the challenge of achieving an effective transition to a modern, clean energy system. The Regional Energy Strategy will support the national industrial strategy and once again lead the way in efficient use of energy to deliver better economic and environmental outcomes for everyone.

“The move to cleaner economic growth is one of the greatest industrial opportunities facing the UK and the West Midlands is well positioned to take advantage of these growing opportunities. The recommendations of the commissioners, which will be aligned with the government’s new Industrial Strategy and Clean Growth Strategy, will be highlighted at the event.” Commented Sir David King, the Chair of the Regional Energy Policy Commission.

Speakers at the event include Sir David King and Matthew Rhodes (Chair of Energy Capital, plus the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street; Philip New, the Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult; Lisa Trickett from Birmingham City Council and Martin Crouch from OfGEM amongst others.

Places at the launch are limited with the closing date for registrations being 27th March 2018. Delegates can find out more and register a place at the event by visiting

Notes to Editor

Energy Capital is the smart energy innovation partnership for the West Midlands. By responding to the needs of our vibrant manufacturing economy and diverse local markets, we aim to make the West Midlands one of the most attractive locations to build innovative clean energy technology companies in the world. Our partnership combines world-leading academic expertise with ambitious local authorities, diverse businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Energy Capital provides a single point of contact for investors, project funders and potential partners across the West Midlands geography. We are facilitating and co-ordinating collaborative public-private investment projects across the region and working with the local communities and public bodies and national government to create an attractive and creative environment for companies that want to become part of the global low carbon and smart energy transition.