Vattenfall chief becomes WindEurope chairman

Gunnar Groebler
Gunnar Groebler

Vattenfall’s senior vice president of wind has been elected to the position of chairman by the board of renewable member organisation WindEurope.

Gunnar Groebler, senior vice president for business area wind at Vattenfall, has been at the firm since 1999.

The WindEurope board, made up of corporate members, national associations and other wind energy organisations, appointed Mr Groebler for an 18-month term.

He is head of Vattenfall’s wind and solar energy departments as well as battery operations.

WindEurope chief executive Giles Dickson described Mr Groebler as being “instrumental” in driving forward the economic case for wind energy in national capitals.

He succeeds Ivor Catto, chief executive of Renewable Energy Systems (RES).

Tony Adam from Nordex will become the association’s new vice chairman.

Mr Groebler said: “We’re at an exciting time for wind energy. The technology continues to evolve and with it costs are coming down.

“Wind is an increasingly affordable source of power for people and businesses. The next challenge that we face as an industry is to continue ramping up scale as Europe phases out fossil fuels and electrifies its economy.

“Wind energy is ideally poised to become Europe’s future electricity producer of choice.”