A Regional Energy Strategy for the West Midlands
Energy Capital, the three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) formally launched the regional energy strategy for the West Midlands on 28 March. This consolidates a wide range of work carried out by the Regional Energy Policy Commission, Arup, Aecom and the Black Country LEP for the WMCA and sets out how the region plans to invest over £500M to direct more than £15bn of wider investment in local energy projects over the next decade, delivering a minimum of £1bn improvement in GVA for the local economy.
The strategy is open for consultation until 21 May 2018. If you’d like to respond to this consultation, please email email@example.com
Regional Energy Policy Commission
In 2017 our commission set out to establish the best ways for the West Midlands to take advantage of the growing economic opportunities generated by the energy sector worldwide. Chaired by Sir David King, this panel of expert commissioners from industry, government, academia and policy have been working collaboratively to identify ways to boost regional competitiveness through the creation of an innovative regional energy market framework.
Innovative Retrofit in Solihull Combats Fuel Poverty
A group of Solihull residents have reduced their energy bills by 85 percent and dramatically cut their carbon emissions, thanks to an exciting project developed and led by Encraft. The £625,000 Innovate UK funded trial involved upgrading a block of six flats using Passivhaus principles, by way of an innovative off-site, wrap-around, large scale (OWLS) retrofit.
West Midlands at the Forefront of Battery Storage Testing
Battery storage facilities are one of the key components of new, smart energy systems. They not only offer facilities to house electricity for periods of peak demand, they may also make it easier to connect renewable energy sources to the grid, free up network capacity, and keep down electricity prices.
Wolverhampton Schools Provide a Clean, Comfortable Learning Environment
Forward thinking City of Wolverhampton Council have improved the health and concentration levels of pupils, whilst saving two of their schools money, by ensuring the city was one of the first to offer its children the opportunity to learn in Passivhaus schools. Oakmeadow and Bushbury Hill primary schools have been reaping the rewards associated with the ‘gold standard in human comfort’ ever since.