by Tina Olivero

    New Energy NL: Advocating for Energy Supply & Service Sector

    The supply and service sector of the Newfoundland and Labrador energy industry took a bold step forward as Noia announced changes to its vision, mandate, and name. This action reflects our member’s activities and was informed by an extensive consultation process with its membership.

    Joined by CEO Charlene Johnson, and Harry Pride, a founding member of the association and
    honourary member, Chair James Parmiter announced that Noia would now be known as Energy
    NL. Energy NL will represent members of the energy supply and service community as the
    Newfoundland and Labrador energy sector moves to take advantage of its abundant and world-leading energy resources, support technology transfer, and engage in the international market

    “Our members have been living the energy evolution and this change has been considered for a
    number of years. In 2021, we engaged a consultant to formally gather member feedback regarding
    our mandate and vision. The process included 189 members and resulted in substantial, thoughtful,
    and definitive feedback It was made clear to our board that the association must expand our
    mandate to engage in other energy sectors. In fact, over 90% of those who participated felt that
    Noia should diversify. It was also clear members did not want us to abandon offshore oil and gas as
    our members agreed it will play a key role in Newfoundland and Labrador’s energy future. Global
    demand for energy dictates that renewables and non-renewables must co-exist and be developed
    responsibly and that is where Energy NL must deliver. We remain committed to our effective
    research-based advocacy and market development activities,” said James Parmiter, Chair of the Energy NL Board of Directors.

    Energy NL will represent members involved in the energy supply and service sector, such as
    offshore oil and gas, hydro, wind, solar, and hydrogen. While the association has been involved in
    sustainable and renewable energy discussions in the last number of years, the change announced
    today formally establishes the association’s commitment to the broader Newfoundland and
    Labrador energy sector. Numerous Energy NL members are already involved in the renewable and
    sustainable energy sectors and recently the association partnered with eco next and OilCo to begin
    the Net Zero Project. Preliminary discussions have taken place with Fortis Inc. and NL Hydro to
    identify potential opportunities for Energy NL members. Further, Energy NL today announced the
    hiring of Robin Kieley for a new role within the association, Manager of Sustainable Energy

    “We believe in a balanced approach to energy production and look forward to advocating for a
    sustainable energy future and the exceptional contribution Energy NL members can make to that
    important objective. I believe our new vision, mandate, and name will allow us to offer more for our
    members, which was our goal from the outset. A major step forward was taken last year when we
    collaborated with eco next and OilCo to establish the Net Zero Project to map a path to net-zero.
    Supporting such initiatives, today I was pleased to announce that Energy NL has hired a Manager of
    Sustainable Energy Initiatives, Robin Kieley, who will support our members to further engage in the
    local, national, and international energy sector,” said Charlene Johnson, Energy NL CEO.

    The vision statement for Energy NL commits the association to a sustainable and prosperous lower
    carbon energy industry while its mandate is to facilitate member participation in the energy industry
    through advocating for local sustainable energy development, seeking local and global opportunities,
    and creating connections to advance the industry.

    The Energy NL logo includes a recognition of the history of the association with the colors orange
    and blue within the ‘N.’ The blue leads the evolution and represents a historic ocean connection, as
    well as the potential for the province’s vast hydro resources and hydrogen opportunities. The ‘L’
    looks to the future, an evolution that includes green energy and technology. The new website of
    the association is www.energynl.ca though a temporary site of www.energynl.org will be used for a
    few days. Social media platform handles are @WeAreEnergyNL.

    Energy NL represents approximately 460 member organizations worldwide that are involved in
    the Newfoundland and Labrador energy sector. Members are active in all areas of the supply and
    service sector and include a diverse representation of businesses that range from offshore supply
    vessels and helicopters, carbon reduction and sustainable technologies, health, and safety equipment
    and training, engineering solutions, and fabricators to law firms and human resource agencies.
    Further information about Energy NL, including the video used at the announcement today and the
    new vision, mandate, and logo can be found here.

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