Former energy minister joins green trade body board

A former energy minister has joined the Renewable Energy Association as an independent Non-Executive Board member. Baroness Verma will be looking at the strategic role of renewables and clean technologies […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A former energy minister has joined the Renewable Energy Association as an independent Non-Executive Board member.

Baroness Verma will be looking at the strategic role of renewables and clean technologies in the UK as well as trade opportunities for British services and manufacturing in emerging markets.

She served as an energy minister during the coalition government before becoming minister at the Department for International Development in 2015, with responsibility for climate and environment, among others.

Baroness Verma 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.

“With storage and smart technologies already a reality, the opportunities for the UK to lead the world in these areas is one we cannot to waste and I look forward to working with REA members in this.”