A Brief Introduction: NSWPH’s Workstream Leads
This year, the North Sea Wind Power Hub programme has been split up into three different Workstreams. Each of the Workstreams has a committed and ambitious Workstream Lead. Coming from very different backgrounds, they’re working closely together towards the same goals. Here, the Workstream Leads briefly introduce themselves, their roles and drives.
Jasper Vis, Workstream Lead Project Scoping
“I joined TenneT in June. Before that, I was Country Manager Netherlands for Ørsted, a Danish developer of offshore windparks. I’ve been active in the green energy field for quite a while. Working towards a definition of the first hub – that’s my current role in a nutshell. What’s the hub going to look like? How big is it going to be? How are we going to realise the foundation? And how can we connect the hub and large amounts of windenergy to the land? Those are some of the questions we want to answer as exhaustively as possible.
As a consortium, we are not the party making the decisions – the governments are. Our role is to inform them and the other stakeholders as clearly as we can. This requires a long term-view, carefully mapping out every pro and con, as well as constant pro-active stakeholder interaction. It’s a very ambitious programme, that we’re realising one challenge at a time, always keeping an eye on the bigger picture.”
Peter Larsen, Workstream Lead Market and Regulation
“With our programme, we’re not only aiming to facilitate a major energy transition – we’re also breaking the national perspective. We’re working on a large scale, from a long-term point of view. This involves a lot of smart preparation. That’s a crucial part of my responsibility as Workstream Lead Market and Regulation: exploring the market space, building a robust regulatory framework, and anticipating which topics and challenges are likely to come up in conversation with very different stakeholders. Not just wind developers and national governments, but the European Commission as well.
I joined Energinet in August 2017, and I’ve been working in the field of green energy for ten years. My goal? Easy. Saving the world. It’s obvious the world hasn’t been saved yet, so you could say I’m failing miserably. But on a more serious note: I’m very excited to invest my time and energy into a programme I strongly believe in.”
Luuk Feenstra, Workstream Lead Energy Systems
“One thing is certain: the aim to realise a combined 180 GW of offshore wind power in the North Sea, along with a storage capacity for sustainably produced energy of over 100 TWh with related conversion capacities, is hugely ambitious. As Workstream Lead Energy Systems, one of my key responsibilities is creating a system design for the longer term. It’s both a complicated and very exciting puzzle. Not only do we have to get several stakeholders on the same page – we also have to realise the massive overhaul of the energy system against the lowest possible costs to society, without negatively impacting the stability of the current systems. Talk about a challenge! But I’m sure we’re up for it. I have been working at Gasunie for twelve years myself, in several roles, including management of offshore assets and hydrogen transport. I think this experience might be my own added value to the programme: I hope to be a bridge between the worlds of gas and electricity.”