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Community Windpower Welcomes Hugh McNeal as CEO of RenewableUK

Hugh McNeal

A champion of onshore and offshore wind, McNeal will oversee future growth in the wind energy sector. At the DECC he oversaw improvements to the Department's efficiency and finances.

Prior to his role as Director of Change, McNeal was CEO of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment, also at the DECC. He has also been Deputy Director of Low Carbon Business at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

A daunting task lays ahead for McNeal who will be expected to continue growth in the renewables sector that has seen severe slashes to it's subsidies.

His predecessor, Maria McCaffrey MBE, who held the position for almost 10 years, oversaw significant growth in both onshore and offshore wind, as well as developments in the wave and tiday energy industries.

RenewableUK’s Chairman Julian Brown said: “Maria’s achievements as CEO have been extraordinary. When she took on the role, 1% of the UK’s electricity was generated by wind. By last year, that had increased to 11%. She has deservedly won the admiration and respect of everyone involved in this dynamic sector, and we wish her all the very best for the future.

“Now we have a new captain at the helm, and I’m confident that he will steer us to even greater successes in the future. Hugh brings an in-depth knowledge of the entire energy sector to RenewableUK at a crucial moment in the development of wind and marine power.  I have no doubt that he will use his exceptional skills to represent the sector successfully, so that we can continue to increase the proportion of cost-effective electricity that we generate from home-grown sources, as well as creating jobs”.   

Hugh McNeal said: “It will be a privilege to represent an industry which is playing such a vital role in providing safe, secure power for our country’s homes and businesses, as well as tens of thousands of high quality jobs across the UK”. 

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Maria McCaffery said: “I am delighted to be handing over the reins of Chief Executive to such a capable pair of hands.  I wish Hugh every success in his new role. He has a wealth of experience on energy policy and I have no doubt that he will be a highly effective champion of wind, wave and tidal energy”. 



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