Mainstream CEO Eddie O’Connor appointed as GWEC Global Ambassador
Mainstream Renewable Power, the global renewable energy developer, is proud to announce that its CEO, Eddie O’Connor has been appointed as the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) new Global Ambassador. In his new role, Dr. O’Connor will work with GWEC to ensure that the wind sector’s distinctive voice is heard, and that more and more countries understand the benefits that the industry can bring for their economic and social development.
Eddie O’Connor, Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power, commented: “The wind industry has gained unprecedented momentum across the globe, particularly in emerging markets, driven by the fact that wind power is now cheaper than fossil fuels.” He adds “I am honoured to have been asked by the Global Wind Energy Council to be its global ambassador at such an exciting time for the wind power industry.”Mr O’Connor is a world renowned entrepreneur and leader in renewable energy. He founded Mainstream in 2008 following ten years as Chief Executive of global renewable energy company Airtricity which he founded in 1997. Airtricity North America was subsequently sold in 2008 to E.on and the remainder of the business sold to Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE). Mr O’Connor has been named World Energy Policy Leader by Scientific American magazine. He was presented with the Leadership award at the annual Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards and in March 2013, received wind energy’s most prestigious award, the Poul La Cour from the European Wind Energy Association.
Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General for the Global Wind Energy Council, commented: “Eddie’s work building the wind industry throughout his career and his current role at the helm of Mainstream Renewable Power has made him an obvious choice as Global Ambassador for GWEC. As an organisation, we are delighted to be working with a true pioneer in creating the next wave of growth for the industry.”