Ex-minister boosts REA team
Baroness Verma will look to develop trade opportunities for renewables
Former UK energy and climate change minister Sandip Verma has joined the Renewable Energy Association (REA) as an independent non-executive board member.
She will look into developing the strategic role of renewables and clean technology in the UK, as well as trade opportunities and manufacturing in emerging markets.
She was energy minister in the coalition government and took the Energy Act 2013 through the Lords, before becoming minister at the Department for International Development in 2015, REA said.
REA chief executive Nina Skorupska (pictured, right) said: “I’m thrilled to have Sandip join the team, as a former energy and international development minister she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board, coupled with a business history that will understand our member’s needs.”
Verma (pictured, left) said: “I’m delighted to join the REA board at such a crucial time for the industry.
“The position of the renewables sector is unrecognisable to when I joined DECC in 2012. The cost curves have beaten even optimistic projections and are now competitive, cheaper in some circumstances, than fossil alternatives.”