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Yeo takes on new role at REA

Former environment minister Tim Yeo has become the first president of the Renewable Energy Association.

Tim Yeo

As well as environment, Yeo (left) has held Government posts in trade and industry, transport and agriculture, and currently chairs the Energy and Climate Change select committee.

He said he was “delighted” by the invitation.

“Britain will only be able to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals with a substantial contribution from low-carbon renewable energy, he said. “Renewables can also help to improve both the independence and the security of Britain’s energy supplies. The work of the REA is very important in this respect, and I look forward to working closely with the association.”

Martin Wright, meanwhile, takes over from Andrew MacLellan as chair of the board of directors. Wright’s career began with the Royal Navy and then he went on to found Marine Current Turbines. He is currently involved in both marine renewables and energy storage.

He said: “Renewables undoubtedly form a vital part of the strategic future of energy in the UK, and remain the only means of power generation that can reduce dependence on imports and the inevitable price volatility that such dependence entails.

“Harnessing the UK’s own sources of clean, cheap and everlasting renewable energy is good for jobs, the balance of payments and maintaining our energy security. However, we have our work cut out, in the current economic climate, to mobilise the necessary investment and to get the positive message out to the media.”

Gaynor Hartnell, REA chief executive, said: “Tim will provide the board with invaluable advice on championing renewables in these challenging times, and Martin’s interests in innovation, cost reduction and making renewables more relevant to the business community will help set our agenda.”

Philip Wolfe, the REA’s former chief executive and a board member since 2002, has retired. Simon Merriweather, business development director of Centrica, has joined the board.

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