AREG NEWS: An update from AREG chair, Jean Morrison

February 16, 2021
AREG NEWS: An update from AREG chair, Jean Morrison

We want to let our members know that Aberdeen City Council’s lead officer at AREG, Morag McCorkindale, will be taking on a wider remit at the Council. She will continue to be involved in supporting the development of renewable energy and hydrogen projects for the city, but will be stepping back from her AREG role.

On behalf of AREG’s board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Morag for her huge contribution to AREG and the growth of renewable energy developments in our region, most notably the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, which she championed for many years from early concept stage through to full construction and contributing clean energy into the grid to power homes. We would like to mark Morag’s departure and pay tribute to her achievements at a special event as soon as COVID-19 restrictions permit.

AREG will continue to work closely with Aberdeen City Council on enabling net zero and as a delivery partner for the Energy Transition Leadership Board. AREG has grown its membership by 25% in the last six months and continues to form strategic relationships that will benefit our members, provide opportunities for the supply chain, and demonstrate that the North East of Scotland is ideally suited for both the production and use of renewable energy sources.

We will make further announcements in due course. In the meantime, for all membership enquiries and contributions to our digital channels and newsletter please continue to contact Beverley Stainton – bstainton@aberdeenrenewables.com.

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The team at AREG is committed to ensuring that businesses in Aberdeen City and Shire capitalise on opportunities in renewable energy and that our members achieve success in this rapidly growing market. Please contact us with your news, views, concerns and successes so that we are well placed to deliver on your behalf.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.

All-Energy

Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.

Vattenfall

Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise