Offshore, Project Development, Wind Power

Private Sector Expertise UK Renewable Goals

In an effort to best deliver on the UK’s new requirements for Renewable Energy, the government is soliciting private sector expertise.

London, England – December 19, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] David Still, chairman of the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) and former head of AMEC’s wind energy business, advised the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry for two years to help deliver the government’s targets for Renewable Energy. The government has established an obligation on licensed electricity suppliers to secure a rising proportion of their sales from eligible renewable sources. The government announced its proposals for the Renewables Obligation on October 5, 2000. The final Renewables Obligation was launched in April 2002 and has set a target of obtaining 10 percent of the UK’s electricity from Renewable Energy sources by 2010. “David’s first-hand experience of promoting wind technology and taking forward major projects will be extremely valuable,” said Energy Minister Brian Wilson. “He will bring an industry perspective to the challenges we face. Although his background is mainly in wind-power, many of the issues affecting other renewables technologies are similar and I am looking for a wide-ranging engagement with the whole industry.” Still has had fair share of experience with Renewable Energy. He was instrumental in founding Border Wind in 1991, in response to the government’s Non Fossil Fuels Obligation, and later served as its managing director. Its first project was the semi-offshore wind farm project at Blyth Harbour which led to the UK’s first offshore wind farm at Blyth. Border Wind became one of the country’s leading developers and was acquired by AMEC in 2000. Still is a leading member of the UK’s leading renewables trade association – the British Wind Energy Association, that he has chaired for the last five years. He was appointed member of the Government’s Renewables Advisory Board in November 2002.