WInd Energy – Election
WindEurope’s Board of Directors has elected Sven Utermöhlen, CEO Offshore Wind at RWE Renewables, as the Association’s new Chair for an 18-month term.
The Board also appointed Kresten Ørnbjerg, VP Head of Global Public Affairs at Vestas, as the new Vice-Chair.
Commenting on his appointment, Sven Utermöhlen said: “I am honored to be elected to represent the full value chain of wind energy in Europe – an industry contributing, through jobs and innovation, to building a low-carbon future. A faster expansion of wind energy is particularly important if we are to achieve the European climate targets and the goal of greater energy sovereignty. Society, our political leaders, and we as industry have to take on greater responsibility to make this work and, above all, seize the opportunities that arise from the energy transition. To accelerate the build-out of wind energy key decisions have to be made now. Faster planning and approval procedures are particularly needed. More than ever, energy policy is security policy. Delivering the Green Deal is a climate and security imperative. The wind industry is determined to deliver, even in these challenging times.”
Sven Utermöhlen has been working in the energy sector since 1993, holding different positions at e.g. Royal Dutch/Shell International, E.ON and RWE Renewables. Since August 2021 he acts as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Offshore Wind, RWE Renewables GmbH.
Kresten Ørnbjerg added: “I am honoured to be elected as Vice-Chairman of WindEurope. A thriving wind industry is key to strengthening Europe’s economy, and its energy security. I look forward to working closely with our members to ensure the right policy frameworks are implemented, so the wind industry can deliver our investment in Europe’s energy systems, and build the scale needed to meet Europe’s climate goals.”
Kresten Ørnbjerg has more than 13 years of experience in wind energy, all of it at Vestas. He is currently their Vice-President, Head of Global Public Affairs.