17 Jun 2013
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has appointed former RWE Director, Dr Nina Skorupska who will replace Gaynor Hartnell as Chief Executive Officer. The REA is one of the five leading gas and electricity lobbying groups in Europe and is responsible for promoting renewable energy use in the UK. Gaynor Hartnell, who has worked for the REA since 2001, will step down to pursue other interest but still remain actively involved with the Board to provide advice.
Dr Skorupska has 25 years of experience in the energy industry having held several senior positions with National Power as a Fuel Specialist and Chief Technical Officer at Essent NV. She was also the first female Power Station Manager at RWE Npower’s Didcot B which is a new generation of highly efficient power stations.
Dr Skorupska said, “This is a challenging and exciting time for the UK, as it strives to accelerate the transition to a lower carbon economy. Electricity generation needs to become virtually zero carbon by 2030, and renewables will have an increasing role in transport and heating. Even though the economic climate makes investors wary, the renewables sector is well-placed to bring us out of recession and create employment with a growth rate of 16 per cent per annum to 2020. Renewable energy in the UK is important for many reasons, a point I’m certainly going to be stressing. Whilst carbon reduction is vitally important, it’s also about creating a secure energy future, reducing dependency on imports from geopolitically challenging regions, not creating wastes, driving innovation for a sustainable life and so much more.”
Gaynor Hartnell added, “The REA will be in excellent hands, which is very important to me considering my role in catalysing its formation. I shall be on-hand to offer advice and to pursue some specific projects, but am also looking forward to widening my interests outside of the association”.
Martin Wright, chair of the board of directors said “The board was delighted at Dr Shorupska’s appointment; she will be a very effective and powerful champion. She has an impressive background, and a great understanding of not only the complex technical issues relating to energy, and the central importance of renewable energy, but also the challenges facing the industry.”
The REA is actively involved in all areas of the energy value chain and Dr Nina Skorupska will officially commence her new post on the 29th July 2013.