Monday, May 23, 2016

Mainstream's O'Connor to be GWEC wind-power ambassador

By Christopher Hopson in London

Monday, May 23 2016

Updated: Monday, May 23 2016

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has appointed Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Eddie O’Connor to become a global ambassador for the wind industry.

In his new role O’Connor will work with GWEC to ensure that the wind sector’s distinctive voice is heard, and that more countries understand the benefits the industry can bring for their economic and social development.

O’Connor is considered a world-renowned entrepreneur and a leader in renewable energy, said GWEC.

“The wind industry has gained unprecedented momentum across the globe, particularly in emerging markets, driven by the fact that wind power is now cheaper than fossil fuels,” said O’Connor.

He founded Mainstream in 2008 following ten years as chief executive of global renewables company Airtricity which he started in 1997. Airtricity North America was subsequently sold in 2008 to E.ON and the remainder of the business to Scottish & Southern Energy.

O’Connor has been named World Energy Policy Leader by Scientific American magazine. He was presented with the Leadership award at the annual Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards, and in March 2013 received wind energy’s most prestigious award, the Poul La Cour, from the European Wind Energy Association (now WindEurope).

“Eddie’s work building the wind industry throughout his career and his current role at the helm of Mainstream Renewable Power has made him an obvious choice as global ambassador for GWEC,” said general secretary Steve Sawyer.

“As an organisation, we are delighted to be working with a true pioneer in creating the next wave of growth for the industry.”

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