Energy Minister celebrates with 2014 REA Award winners

Leaders from green energy business, finance, policy and politics gathered recently to celebrate the successes of the growing renewable energy economy. The ninth annual British Renewable Energy Awards Gala Dinner, kindly sponsored by Towergate Insurance, took place at the Savoy on London’s Strand, winner of five awards in 2013 for its commitment to reducing its environmental impact.

The winners included SgurrEnergy, Eco2, Fiona Hall and Rural Energy. The full list of winners, announced by journalist and broadcaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy, can be found at REA Awards.

Greg BarkerEnergy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker addressed the audience at the introductory Drinks Reception, which was kindly sponsored by Siemens Financial Services.

He said:

“Once again the REA’s Awards showcase the most inspiring examples of how UK businesses, local authorities and communities are investing and innovating to realise the extraordinary opportunities in renewable energy.”

REA Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska said:

“Congratulations to all our worthy winners. You are showing your peers how it’s done, and showing those beyond our own industry that renewable energy means business. Our Judges have given equal merit to the stalwarts that have ploughed the renewable energy furrow for decades as to the disruptive new players who are fundamentally changing the way we think about energy. Evenings like this remind us exactly why renewable energy is such a vibrant and exciting sector to work in.”

Special Awards for Services to the REA were also presented to:

Tim Russell, who has retired after six years as the REA’s grid and network specialist.

Simon Merriweather, Michael Chesshire and Mark Candlish, who served for two, four and nine years respectively on the REA Board of Directors before stepping down as the Board was restructured earlier this year.

Gaynor Hartnell, who has been with the REA since its inception in 2001, led the REA as Chief Executive from 2010-2013, and continues to lead the REA’s work on community engagement.


Image shows Greg Barker, Climate Change Minister

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