We were delighted to learn that Australian, Peter Rae AO, has been appointed as the newest president of the World Wind Energy Association.
Mr Rae, a former Tasmanian Liberal Senator and long-standing renewable energy proponent, was elected as the association’s newest president at the 14th World Wind Conference in Israel.
The conference was originally slated to be held in Sydney but was relocated due to a lack of support for renewables from former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his government.
Australian Wind Alliance National Coordinator Andrew Bray said Mr Rae’s appointment was well deserved.
“Mr Rae’s position on the world stage as a renewable energy champion will serve to rehabilitate Australia’s reputation abroad.
“Australia is one of the windiest places on earth, yet under the former anti-wind Prime Minister we saw wind energy investment fall off a cliff.
“Australia has the innovation and ingenuity necessary to succeed in renewable energy but our reputation was damaged.
“Mr Rae’s election as WWEA President is a signal that Australia is ready to get back in the business of building wind energy.
Mr Rae was a Liberal Senator for Tasmania from 1968 to 1986, and chairman of Hydro Tasmania for 11 years. He has been a board member of the Association since 2003 and a vice-president since 2011.
The story received strong coverage, including in Tasmania's The Mercury
Press Release from WWEA
WWEA General Assembly elects Peter Rae as President
Jerusalem/Bonn, 26 October 2015 (WWEA) – The General Assembly of the World Wind Energy Association has elected Peter Rae, former Australian Senator and long standing renewable energy proponent, as WWEA President for the coming two years. The WWEA General Assembly took place in Jerusalem, on the occasion of the 14th World Wind Energy Conference WWEC2015.
The WWEC2015 happens in Israel at a time when the country has adopted a 17 % renewable energy target for 2030 – still modest but substantially higher than the previous target. It is anticipated that wind power will provide a large share of this new generation capacity. As an encouraging step, a 15 MW wind farm is about to operations in the coming days, the first new wind farm in the country since 25 years.
WWEA Secretary General Stefan Gsänger:
“Peter Rae’s experience in leading the early development of the wind industry in Australia as chairman of Australia’s largest renewable energy generator, HydroTasmania, and his broad involvement with the world’s renewable energy transition will be of great benefit to WWEA.”
The new elected WWEA President Peter Rae stated:
“I intend to concentrate on achieving the following major policies:
- to develop a broad understanding of the benefits of wind energy both as a major generator and as a central component of community power systems
- to help enlighten the world to the necessity and benefits and the means of achieving energy sustainability though renewables
- to answer the critics of the wind industry where these occur and reassure those with concerns
- to enhance the understanding of the social and economic benefits of renewable energy for the people both in industrialized and less developed countries
- to strengthen the importance of WWEA as the major voice for the broad components of the wind industry and to help broaden its basis to support that role."
Mr Rae also paid tribute to his predecessor Prof. He Dexin:
“I will try to follow the lead given by He Dexin but he has left big shoes to fill. We are all indebted to him for his the leadership he has shown.”
The WWEA General Assembly also elected the Vice Presidents of the association:
- Prof. Dr. Chuichi Arakawa, Japan
- Mr Heinrich Bartelt, Germany
- Dr. Everaldo Feitosa, Brazil
- Mr Gadi Hareli, Israel
- Dr. Andriy Konechenkov, Ukraine
- Prof. Dr. Conrado Moreno, Cuba
- Prof. Dr. Galal Osman, Egypt
- Prof. Dr. Choong-Yul Son, South Korea
- Prof. Dr. Tanay Sidki Uyar, Turkey
- Mr Wu Gang, China
Prof. K. Kasthoorirangaian, Chairman of the Indian Wind Power Association, was appointed as Honorary Vice President.
Hon. Peter Elliot Rae AO BA, LLB (Hons), FAICD, FAIE, AADM
- Chairman/Hon. Chairman International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance) since 2004
- Board Member World Wind Energy Association since 2003: Senior Vice President 2005-2011, Hon Vice President since 2011
- Director Energy Globe Foundation and member of the International Awards Jury
- Member of the REN21 Steering Committee since 2004 and Vice Chairman 2008-2013
- Member of the board of the International Solar Energy Society 2005-2011 and awarded ISES Fellow 2015
- Founding Chairman Renewable Energy Generators Australia 1999-2009
- Director International Hydropower Association 2001-2009 and Hon. Life Member since 2010
- Chairman Hydro Tasmania 1993-2004
- Liberal Senator for Tasmania 1968-1986
- Shadow Minister for Education 1973-74, Community Development 1974-75, Industry and Commerce 1983-84, Finance 1984-85
- Tasmanian Minister for Education and Technology and Chairman of the Australian Education Council
- University of Tasmania - Alumni of the Year 2005 for achievement in renewable energy
- REGA Award for services to renewable energy industry 2009
- Officer in the Order of Australia since 1999
- Lawyer since 1960