Ventient Energy CEO, Mark Jones, has once again been named in the top 100 most influential people in the European wind sector.
The European Power List, published by the wind industry international membership community, A Word About Wind, has consistently ranked Mark Jones in the top 100 for the past three years.
Alongside others on the European Power List, Mark (who took up his post at Ventient in 2019) has been playing a key role to make sure that the wind industry emerges stronger from its current challenges.
“It is once again a pleasure and honour to be recognised as a leader in our industry,” said Mr. Jones, “but more importantly it makes a statement about the journey we are on with Ventient Energy.”
“At this time of great urgency for Europe’s energy sector, it is vital that we make sure Ventient continues to play a key leadership role in the promotion of secure renewable energy supplies,” said Mr. Jones who has led Ventient’s sustainable growth from 690 MW of installed capacity in the UK to 2.6GW across 6 European countries while focusing on a commitment to sustainability as a way to look after people and the planet while generating the greenest energy to power society.
In fact, as a keen advocate for driving corporate actions to fight climate change, Mark and two other Ventient employees recently joined a 12-day expedition to Antarctica to witness the effects of climate change and raise awareness on this urgent matter amongst Ventient stakeholders.
Richard Heap, Editor-In-Chief of A Word About Wind, underlines the importance of leadership in the sector. “There can be no doubt that the European wind industry faces some major challenges. However, the world still needs to make a transition towards renewable energy sources,” he said. “That will need a rethink by countries across Europe about how they can support developments such as wind farms, solar farms and storage – and, more than that, it will require strong leadership from those who can take advantage of the available opportunities.”
Despite the clear requirement to produce more renewable energy, latest figures from WindEurope show that wind farm construction projects totalling just 17GW of capacity were completed in Europe in 2021. Just 11GW of capacity was added in European Union member states – just one-third of the EU’s annual 30GW target required to hit its stated aim of having 40% renewables in its electricity mix by 2030.
The failure to reach installation targets has frequently been blamed on slow permitting processes which, in turn, are having an impact on companies in Europe’s wind supply chain who are losing money, closing factories and shedding jobs. These impacts are being felt across the wider value chain too. Institutional interest in wind assets has remained high through the Covid-19 pandemic. High demand for the limited pool of assets is pushing up prices and driving down returns, increasing the pressure on owners and operators to squeeze additional value from their assets.
Business cases face even more pressure as turbine prices have had to rise over the last year as costs have risen for manufacturers. Energy prices, raw materials and transport have all become more expensive, while Covid-19 has hit supply chains, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine makes a tough situation even more challenging.
As well as highlighting the work of those leading the wind energy sector, the European Power List looks at the top 30 ‘Storage Stars’ who are forging strong links between the wind and energy storage sectors. This research was led by A Word About Wind sister title Energy Storage Report.
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About A Word About Wind
A Word About Wind is a rapidly expanding international membership community that provides intelligence, insight and connections to senior decision makers working on the financial side of the wind industry.
Our community of over 6,500 C-suite, director, and board-level individuals represent the very best finance houses, private equity investors, consultancies, developers, and law firms in the world. Through our programme of email briefings, bespoke reports and impartial industry analysis, together with a growing programme of exclusive members-only networking initiatives and events, we influence, educate and inform the people that drive and shape international wind energy.
Membership enables our community to make better informed business decisions, deepen industry knowledge, benefit from concise, informed deal information and ultimately get the inside track on what’s happening in wind.
About Ventient Energy
Ventient Energy is a pan-European, non-utility generator of renewable energy. It currently owns and operates onshore wind farms in Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the UK, with a total installed capacity of 2.6GW.
Ventient’s portfolio has grown quickly since its formation in 2017. The business focuses on sustainable growth that provides long term returns to their pension fund shareholders and generates renewable energy to help secure the future of people and the planet.
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