by Tina Olivero

    Philip Anschutz: Wind Energy ‘Power People’

    A Word About Wind

    A Word About Wind is a rapidly expanding international membership that provides intelligence, insight and connections to senior industry decision makers.

    The community of over 2,500 individuals represents some of the very best finance houses, banks, venture capitalists, and private equity investors in the world. Through their programs, exclusive members-only networking initiatives and events, influence, educate and inform the people who drive and shape international wind energy.

    Membership enables the wind community to make better-informed investment decisions, deepen industry knowledge, benefit from concise, informed deal information and ultimately get the inside track on what’s happening in wind.

    6th Annual Guide to the Top 100 Power People

    A Word About Wind has published its sixth annual guide to the Top 100 Power People, in association with Sentient Science. The report ranks the major influencers in the global wind energy sector and offers in-depth interviews with leading investors, utilities and developers in the space.

    This year’s report has a particular focus on the growing significance of the US market, as reflected in the ranking of Philip Anschutz, American multi-billionaire and owner of the Power Company of Wyoming, at number one.

    Anschutz, who has made a reported $12bn fortune in sectors including oil, heads the 2017 list of 100 most influential players in wind energy.

    According to the annual Top 100 Power People, a report published by industry intelligence service A Word About Wind, in association with headline sponsor Sentient Science, the report ranks the major influencers in the global wind energy sector and offers in-depth interviews with leading investors, utilities and developers in the space.

    A key theme in this year’s ranking is the US wind energy markets is continued resilience in the face of the potential challenges posed by President Trump’s administration.

    Anschutz has secured the top spot by providing a welcome to the industry. Anschutz’s estimated $12bn wealth is largely due to the oil drilling company he took over from his father in the 1960s, as well as his work in sectors including entertainment, real estate, telecoms and transportation. Anschutz is known for investing in industries that are on the cusp of major change, and the planned 3GW wind farm on his land in Wyoming is a testament to the business tycoon’s conviction that wind is on the rise. If completed as planned, the project will be the largest onshore wind farm in North America.

    “While our focus is global, this year’s Top 100 Power People ranking has been significantly influenced by determined participants in the US wind sector – from financial service providers to developers and utilities – who have refused to let their enthusiasm be dampened by Trump’s public derision of renewables,” said Richard Heap, Editor, A Word About Wind.

    “Aside from this, the fact that our top spot has been taken by Philip Anschutz, a man with a highly successful track record in business but little previous involvement in clean energy, is a testament to the exciting position the wind industry finds itself in,” he added. “It shows that people are starting to realise that renewables, even without their other benefits, simply make the most business sense – both in the US and worldwide.”

    The report features E.On’s Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath on this year’s cover. Dotzenrath is another major player who remains optimistic about the future of the US renewables industry, citing E.On’s ‘ambitious plans’ in North America, which she views as a ‘very attractive’ market.

    Dotzenrath’s market perspectives are accompanied in the report by additional in-depth interviews with sector experts. Jens Tommerup of MHI Vestas explores the implications of increasing turbine sizes, and discusses the future of offshore, while Ward Thomas of Sentient Science explains how developments in materials science are reducing the cost of wind energy.

    BlackRock’s David Giordano also offers his thoughts on the world’s largest wind and solar fund, and on the pressure to improve the grid through transmission lines.

    The Top 100 Power People was initially launched at A Word About Wind’s annual conference, ‘Financing Wind’. The 2017 event took place with panel discussions with senior investors and industry leaders.

    See: www.awordaboutwind.com/events/



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    Tina Olivero

    30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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