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Delivery programmes

Working to support retrofit investment in the West Midlands

Find out about the programmes we deliver including SMART Hub projects and Energy infrastructure and systems.


The SMART Hub has been established to create a Sustainable Market for Affordable Retrofit Technologies, by:

  • building capacity and expertise across our local authorities and housing association partners in the West Midlands to attract funding to deliver retrofit and fuel poverty alleviation programmes;
  • pioneering our Net Zero Neighbourhood demonstrators; and
  • undertaking market development activities to lay the foundations for long term growth in the market for home retrofit.

The team, led by George Simms, has secured £10m of domestic retrofit investment and is working with the Government to secure long-term investment into the region.

The team has also developed a tool to facilitate the targeting of retrofit measures, available to all WMCA local authorities and housing associations across the region to support their delivery programmes.

For further information on retrofit, fuel bills and home energy advice, please contact Act on Energy

Andy Street At Cape Hill Estate In Smethwick March 2023

Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund

Supporting projects delivering warm, energy-efficient homes.

Radiator (1)

Sustainable Warmth Competition

Homeowners being supported where properties have low energy efficiency.


Net Zero Neighbourhoods

How we're supporting a new approach to sustainable living.

Energy Infrastructure and Systems

A cleaner, smarter energy system requires a shared understanding of the interactions across all infrastructure – electricity, gas, heat, buildings, digital, water and transport – to ensure the lowest cost solutions for our citizens and businesses.

Our work on influencing and shaping our underlying energy networks in the West Midlands has been a core function of the group since its inception, as this is understood to be a core barrier to a just transition if not tailored to the needs of the place.

Conversely, significant investment continues to be made in the energy infrastructure of the region and by providing a means to co-ordinate and collaborate, this investment could be made to provide many additional benefits to the businesses and communities it serves.

Examples of how the Energy Infrastructure and Systems team look to influence the enabling functions of our current and future energy system include:

  • Working with cross sector expertise in Innovation projects examining Smart Local Energy Systems and their potential impact in the West Midlands
  • Collaborating with transport colleagues in TfWM and across our LA partners to develop strategies to compare and cross-fertilise transport, energy and spatial planning processes
  • Helping to shape commercial energy programmes with partners in WMGC and Economy teams that recognise that investing in energy infrastructure can help businesses to improve energy resilience at a time of increasing energy market volatility; also developing our understanding of the value of flexibility in helping to secure finance options to remove market barriers.
  • Looking to develop a strategic picture of the energy infrastructure requirements of the West Midlands by building the data foundations of Local Area Energy Planning and looking for innnovative ways to ensure informed decision making across a range of investors in our region.

Over the last 4 years, Kate Ashworth, who leads on these aspects of Energy Capitals work programme has delivered a range of nationally leading innovation projects that brings credibility and detail to national policy decisions on energy governance; and secured further funding to ensure Energy Capital can continue to take a leading role in this space.

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Infrastructure for Zero Emission Vehicles (IZEV)

Find out more on work to support Zero Emission Vehicles.


Regional Energy System Operator (RESO)

Exploring the advantages of a new kind of energy system.

Birmingham Skyline (1)

Local Area Energy Planning

Planning for change.