Energy Capital’s role is to deliver the Regional Energy Commission Report’s recommendations. The roll out of Energy Innovation Zones within the West Midlands Combined Authority area is gathering pace.
Energy Capital, accountable to West Midlands Combined Authority, held its first Board meeting on 6 June. Members represent the region’s three Local Enterprise Partnerships (public and private sector), energy infrastructure owners and operators (National Grid, Cadent, Western Power Distribution, Severn Trent Water), six universities, training and skills organisations, the social housing sector, and trade associations, with observers from UK Government (DBEIS) and the regulatory authority (OFGEM). The inaugural meeting approved the Board’s Terms of Reference and budget for 2018/19.
Matthew Rhodes chairs the Board; Linda Forbes is Energy Capital’s programme manager.
Four key aims in the first twelve months are:
- Support establishment of four pilot EIZs
- Secure appropriate devolved/regulatory powers
- Secure £500M investment funding
- Secure appropriate resourcing for ongoing support from 2019-20+
Five short-life working groups will support Energy Capital’s board. These include:
- Community engagement
- Regional energy infrastructure planning
- Economic development, incubation, and inward investment
- Energy costs
Expressions of interest from subject matter experts willing to contribute to these groups are very welcome. Contact us initially by email: firstname.lastname@example.org