Matthew Rhodes, Chair of Energy Capital, received a warm welcome and plenty of support when he recently visited the Urban Growth Company (UGC), to explain the principles behind Energy Capital and how we will help ensure the West Midlands’ transport infrastructure plans are a success.

The UGC’s main aim is to maximise the potential of the area to the south and east of Birmingham, known as The Hub, which is one of the most exciting and accessible growth projects in the country today. UGC is supported by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), and includes Birmingham Airport, the NEC, Jaguar Landrover, and UK Central Solihull amongst its stakeholders.

Energy Capital and UGC share many common interests, including the twin aims of making the West Midlands the most attractive region to base and grow innovative energy businesses, and somewhere that delivers clean, competitive fuel and power to local businesses and people.

UGC were impressed by our early projects, which provide some of the best examples yet of cross-WMCA collaboration and partnership. As owners of the HS2 interchange station in Solihull, they were particularly interested in the Net-Form pilot project, which shows what can happen when innovative energy and transport ideas converge. Net-Form seeks to develop a mobile application and secure data platform to manage massed parked hybrid and electric vehicles, while maximising their value to both network operator and car owner.

We look forward to a close relationship with UGC; one that will benefit both The Hub and the wider West Midlands, by bringing businesses, jobs, innovation, and clean, reliable energy to our great region.