Windunie focuses on more cooperation in energy market with new organizational model and management board

Last Friday, Dutch renewable energy company Windunie presented its new organizational model focusing on improving cooperation in the energy market. With this new focus, Windunie is responding to market developments in which the development of local energy hubs plays an important role.

The development of local energy hubs will lead to an increase in more onshore wind, solar and storage projects in the coming years. Building hubs is a new process that requires a comprehensive approach. To successfully develop energy hubs, all parties involved (e.g. grid operators, customers and producers) must be brought together and given the right support. This is why Windunie is opting for a new organizational model: with more focus on improving cooperation in the energy market.

Windunie represents the majority of locally owned wind turbines in the Netherlands. The Windunie cooperative has about 300 members producing solar and wind energy. Annually, these members produce over 1 TWh of clean electricity. Directly and indirectly, Windunie is involved in green power for 1,000,000 households.

The pressure to become more sustainable, combined with growing issues with grid congestion and the need for greater security of supply, is putting the local linking and matching of green power supply and demand on the agenda in more and more regions. Local and affordable accessibility to green power is a crucial factor for residents and businesses to realize their plans. With the progress of renewable energy sources and the electrification of industry, transportation and home heating, locally the mismatch between supply and demand is increasingly coming into focus. It explains the rapidly growing focus on developing integrated energy systems. The energy sector used to be very conveniently the domain of energy producers and grid operators. Because the energy system of the future also affects mobility, built environment, agriculture and industry, the development of energy hubs is complex. By working better together, more is possible in the transition to sustainable energy.

Accelerated strategy implementation

Windunie is responding to market developments and wants more focus on the development of energy hubs. The broad approach needed to develop a hub requires an organization in which members, employees and market parties find, recognize and support each other even more easily. At the same time, Windunie wants to maximize mobilization of the organization’s knowledge and expertise. The goal is a more agile and flexible organization: exactly what is needed when developing hubs.

New board of directors at work

As of July 1, Windunie’s management board consists of Pascal Weijers (general), Jennie Tissingh (people & organization) and Menno Boekestijn (financial). Menno was already part of the management board. Pascal and Jennie take over from Axel Posthumus and Eelco Bots. Pascal and Jennie are already working at Windunie. Axel and Eelco will remain connected to Windunie on a project level and will work to realize energy hubs. Both will also remain active in various lobbying channels.

After having led Windunie for more than 20 years, Axel says ‘a natural moment’ has arisen to pass the baton to a renewed management team. Windunie chairman Jacco de Graaf agrees: “Where Windunie stands today is the success of many. Members, directors, employees and market parties have made this possible together. In over 20 years, we have grown into an energetic cooperative in which we realised new wind and solar farms with our 300 members, landowners, policy makers and energy cooperatives. In the coming years, we will work on linking the generation and purchase of green energy ever better. And Windunie is ready for our first Offshore Wind project. With the renewed management board, we have the right people in the right place to realize our ambitions.”

See also Windunie’s video

Source: Windunie

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