Humber Renewables Awards: Search begins for brightest green talent

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 Nov 2016

THE AREA's burgeoning green energy sector is ramping up to celebrate more successes.

Humber Renewables Awards is returning for a sixth year and will recognise excellence cross nine categories.

The search on for some of the most enterprising companies, pioneering individuals and groundbreaking organisations in the world of green energy.

It is a year that has seen an international focus on the area, and the celebration is brought forward by the Grimsby Telegraph's sister paper, the Hull Daily Mail and dedicated business website www.humberbusiness.com in partnership with Siemens.

With awards up for grabs for educators, builders and innovators, the competition promises to reward the best of the best, with the celebration taking place at The Deep in March.

It follows last year's highly successful awards which attracted some of the brightest and best, and saw Grimsby-based E.on Humber Gateway, RES and Associated British Ports all recognised, as well as pan-Humber training organisation Heta.

Managing director of the news organisation behind the publications, Mike Pennington, said: "When these awards started, the idea we could be a world leader in green energy was no more than a dream.

"But today, we are an absolutely key part of Britain's drive to be a greener nation."

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A top speaker is being lined up and the dinner will gather together industry leaders and experts from across the region and beyond.

The headline sponsor of the awards is Siemens, which is developing a £310 million offshore wind hub alongside Associated British Ports, while on the South Bank working alongside Dong Energy on the operation and maintenance of Westermost Rough, where the turbines were world-leading, while also supplying to Race Bank.

Jason Speedy is the director of Siemens' turbine blade factory, which is due to mark the production of the first blade, wholly manufactured at the new Hull facility, next month.

He said: "Our headline sponsorship of the Humber Renewables Awards is part of our commitment to put down roots in the area and contribute to the growth of the local economy, above and beyond our direct investment.

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"The Humber's renewables reputation is about much more than Siemens and sponsoring these awards is just one way in which we are supporting and promoting the region's green energy credentials.

"Many businesses, organisations and individuals have recognised that renewable energy offers an unprecedented opportunity for investment and jobs in industries vital to ensuring future generations benefit from secure and sustainable, low-carbon electricity.

"We see these awards as playing an important role in showcasing and rewarding the region's green energy champions and maintaining the momentum of the region as a leading renewables hub."

Nominations are now open and close on Wednesday, February 8. See www.humberbusiness.com for the online application form.

A panel of independent judges – drawn from the renewables industry and local business community – will produce a shortlist of finalists and decide the winners after the deadline for entries.

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