Former energy minister now conservative peer, Sandip Verma (Baroness Verma), has joined the Board of the UK’s leading green energy trade body, the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

Baroness Verma joins the REA as an independent Non-Executive Board member, looking at the strategic role of renewables and clean tech in the UK and trade opportunities for British services and manufacturing in emerging markets.

As Energy Minister during the coalition Government, Verma took the Energy Act 2013 through the Lords, before becoming Minister at the Department for International Development in 2015, with responsibility, amongst others, for climate and environment.

Baroness Verma said: “The position of the renewables sector is unrecognisable to when I joined DECC in 2012. The cost curves have beaten even optimistic projections and are now competitive, cheaper in some circumstances, than fossil alternatives.

"With storage and smart technologies already a reality, the opportunities for the UK to lead the world in these areas is one we cannot afford to waste and I look forward to working with REA members in this.”

REA Chief Executive, Dr Nina Skorupska, said: “I’m thrilled to have Sandip join the team. As a former energy and international development minister she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board, coupled with a business history that will understand our member’s needs.”

Photo: (L to R) Baroness Verma with Dr Skorupska at the REA offices in London