RenewableUK is the trade association for wind power, wave power and tidal power industries in the United Kingdom. It was previously known as the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) and today has over 660 members.
Though formed as a wind power lobby and research body, BWEA expanded to represent a number of technologies including gas turbines and marine energy. In 2009, according to its website overview:
- The British Wind Energy Association is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with 463 corporate members, BWEA is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. In 2004, BWEA expanded its mission to champion wave and tidal energy and use the Association's experience to guide these technologies along the same path to commercialisation.
- We have a professional staff of fourteen at our Islington offices and an annual turnover in excess of one million pounds.
- BWEA plays a crucial role in bringing together all the key players around the vital issues affecting industry through our working groups and events. Members of BWEA range from the small companies to the largest international corporations, providing us with a united and representative voice and our members with fantastic networking opportunities.
- The Association works closely with the European Wind Energy Association on matters of European policy and has 3 directors of this body. EWEA concentrates on European policy matters, i.e. originating in Brussels, and also promotes wind energy in other territories which may be of interest to member companies.
- BWEA significantly funds the Scottish Renewables Forum (SRF), which is our preferred avenue for lobbying in Scotland. Although energy is not devolved to Scotland, there are national and institutional issues which warrant working closely with SRF, representing all renewables in Scotland. This arrangement has been in place for 2 years and works very well. BWEA's CEO and an additional board member sit on the board of SRF.
Its members range from small scale companies to transnational corporations, who all benefit from its lobbying and 'stakeholder engagement' activities.
Funding and finances
Members of BWEA include many types of companies. Some interesting names include:
- BAE Systems
- Barclays Bank
- Bank of Scotland
- Shell Wind Energy
- BP Alternative Energy
- Exxonmobil Lubricants
- Mott MacDonald
- National Grid
- Open University
- Renewable Energy Systems
Adam Bruce BWEA Chairman since April 2007.
Maria McCaffery CEO since June 2006.
Duncan Ayling Head of Offshore.
Charles Anglin Director of Communications.
Phil Baker Head of Grid.
Peter Carney Offshore Delivery Programme Director.
Gordon Edge Director of Economics & Markets.
Peter Madigan Offshore Renewables Development Manager.
Jan Matthiesen Head of Onshore.
Llywelyn Rhys Head of BWEA Cymru.
Lobbying and PR
Contact details, Resources, Notes
- BWEA website, "BWEA About us", accessed 06/02.09
- BWEA website, "Members page", accessed 06/02.09
- BWEA Annual Report 2007, "BWEA Annual Review 2007",Published by BWEA, accessed 06/02.09
- BWEA website, "BWEA Board Members", Board Members section, accessed 06/02.09
- Register 1st September 2014 - 30th November 2014 APPC, accessed 28 January 2015