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Equinor VP of UK Renewables elected to RenewableUK Board

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Halfdan Brustad, Equinor's VP UK Renewables
Halfdan Brustad, Equinor's VP UK Renewables
(Photo: Øyvind Ganesh / Equinor)

Halfdan Brustad, Equinor’s VP of UK Renewables, has been elected to his first three-year term as a member of the RenewableUK Board, the UK’s major renewable energy trade association

Following a successful election campaign in 2023, Halfdan Brustad will serve on the RenewableUK Board for the next three years, representing Equinor. Mr Brustad currently serves as Equinor’s VP of UK Renewables, responsible for the company’s renewable energy interests in the UK, including all projects in development such as the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon Extension Projects, the Dogger Bank D development, and the company’s interests in the Celtic Sea.

He has previously held roles leading the Dogger Bank Wind Farm development, as well being integral to the company’s development of its now-operational UK wind farms: Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon and Hywind Scotland.Mr Brustad has previously served on the Offshore Wind Industry Council Board from 2012 – 2022, including as Workstream Sponsor of the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, supporting the growth of the UK renewables supply chain.

Of his election, Mr. Brustad said:

“I’m delighted to be selected by my industry peers to be a member of the RenewableUK Board, and am eager to play an active role in supporting our pre-eminent trade association. Thank you to all those who supported my candidacy, congratulations to the new Board members, and I look forward to working more closely with the Board to ensure the UK’s energy transition continues at pace. As Equinor’s VP UK Renewables, we have a strong portfolio of ambitious projects that will require collaboration from a healthy renewables industry in order to deliver.

As a RenewableUK Board member, I am looking forward to focusing on two key areas: first, eagerly contributing to RenewableUK’s strategic direction and policy advocacy to continue the UK’s renewable energy leadership and, second, being a strong supporter of the UK supply chain’s continued development and competitiveness.”

RenewableUK’s CEO Dan McGrail welcomed the 2023 Board election results, which has resulted in a gender-balanced 12-person elected Board, made up of 6 women and 6 men, saying:

“I’m delighted to welcome these talented industry leaders to our Board at this crucial time for RenewableUK and our members, as we rapidly scale up renewable to meet our net zero and energy security ambitions. While the energy sector still has much more to do to better reflect wider society, gender parity among the leaders on our Board showcases the growing diversity of leadership that we see in the renewables sector. I look forward to working with our new Board members to support rapid growth across our industry.”

Equinor is a Strategic Partner member of RenewableUK, and has been operating in the UK for 40 years. Equinor currently powers around 750,000 UK homes through its three operational wind farms; Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon, and the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland. In partnership with SSE Renewables and Vårgrønn, Equinor is building the largest offshore wind farm in the world, Dogger Bank, off the Northeast coast of England, and has also acquired a 45% stake in Noriker Power, a leading battery storage developer in the UK.

RenewableUK’s press release announcing the 2023 Board election results can be seen here: RenewableUK announces result of 2023 Board election - RenewableUK