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Hartnell appointed Renewable Energy Association chief

Gaynor Hartnell has been appointed chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

Formerly director of policy, Hartnell has spent her career working in renewable energy, firstly at the Wind Energy Association, and then helping set-up the REA, appointed its first executive in 2001.

She recently appeared before the energy and climate change committee of MPs, as part of their inquiry into energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) and advocated a market-led approach to developing more renewable energy in the UK.

“I am very much looking forward to leading the Association and building up its membership base. These are exciting times for the sector. 

“This has to be the decade of delivery for renewables, the time when deployment ramps up tenfold. New players will enter and transform the energy market, with the introduction of feed in tariffs this April. 

“A year later we will finally have financial incentives operating across the whole spectrum of energy applications - power, transport fuels, heat and green gas. Renewables can then play a full role, with a diverse range of complementary technologies, which together bring wide-ranging benefits.,” she said.

REA chairman Mark Candlish said: “Gaynor has been key to the success of the Association since it was founded in 2001, and in the last 10 months has proved herself the natural successor to Philip Wolfe in her interim role as Policy Director. Not only does Gaynor have an excellent grasp of renewable policy issues, but she is also well respected by industry and government and is an excellent champion for the industry.”

The REA is the largest trade body for renewable energy in the UK and represents all renewable energy technologies, and will shortly move to new premises in Capital Tower, next to Waterloo Station. 

Paul Thompson has been promoted to Head of Policy. Paul joined the REA in 2008 to work on transport fuels, and over the past few months has extended his remit to cover the Renewable Heat Incentive and Renewables Obligation.

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