PoweredUp: The April Edition

Join us for our next PoweredUp session on 6th July. Sign up to be updated as we confirm speakers.

As ever, at April's PoweredUp, we had a good mix of people attending from local and combined authorities and the energy, not-for-profit and tech sectors. We've published the full session on our Youtube channel .

We heard from Nadia McPhereson at West Yorkshire Combined Authority who shared plans about a Net-Zero Accelerator being launched to help West Yorkshire become Net-Zero by 2038.

Focussing on Energy, Buildings and Nature projects which reduce carbon emissions and increase investment into the region, the Accelerator aims to establish a robust pipeline of projects that tackle the climate and environment emergencies, support projects with business case development, and publish an Investment Prospectus showcasing the region's opportunities and market strengths.

WYCA can provide technical advice and support with sourcing finance, procurement, and bid writing, and have additional funding to commission specialist consultancy services.

If you are interested, whether your project is just an initial concept or investment ready, get in touch with the team .

Gea Mikic, co-founder and Programme Manager at Icebreaker One, talked a little about the organisation, and their work to connect financial, engineering and scientific data to help inform decision making, including their flagship Open Energy programme, the NIMBUS project with SSEN Transmission to help energy networks use meteorological data to prepare for extreme weather and improve the resilience of the UK’s energy network, and work they’ve been doing with OZEV to understand the data needs to enable the roll out of EV charge points across the UK.

Finally, but by no means least, we heard from Matt Webb, Head of Enterprise Data at UK Power Networks who shared their recently launched Open Data portal , and the wider work they’ve been doing to help make their data as open as possible, in part responding to the Energy Data Taskforce, and the challenges they’ve faced. They’ve specifically said they are keen for feedback on the work they are doing, so please do explore their work and Matt's slides , and get in touch to share your thoughts.

We're looking forward to the next session in July! You can register easily and for free via Eventbrite to stay updated as we confirm our speakers.