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Ørsted appoints new onshore wind leader

Developer names new onshore CEO as unit aims to reach 17.5GW of onshore renewables in operation and under construction by 2030

Ørsted's 367MW Western Trail wind farm in Texas forms part of a 4.7GW portfolio of operational or under-construction onshore renewables projects
Ørsted's 367MW Western Trail wind farm in Texas forms part of a 4.7GW portfolio of operational or under-construction onshore renewables projects

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Ørsted has promoted its onshore chief operating officer to CEO of the unit, after his predecessor left the company.

Neil O’Donovan has been chief operating officer of Ørsted Onshore since 2018, and has been interim CEO since Declan Flanagan resigned on 3 August.

The Danish developer had carried out a recruitment process, evaluating both internal and external candidates, prior to appointing O’Donovan.

Before joining Ørsted, O’Donovan had a long career with global roles within technology, operations, and commercial functions in the energy sector, including roles at General Electric.

He was also vice president of US renewables developer Lincoln Clean Energy, which Ørsted acquired in 2018, marking its re-entry into the onshore renewable energy sector.

O'Donovan holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California in Berkeley, California.

In April 2021, Ørsted made its return to European onshore wind with a deal to acquire Brookfield Renewable's existing Ireland and UK onshore wind business, Brookfield Renewable Ireland (BRI).

It now has 4.7GW of wind, solar and battery projects in operation and under construction across the US and Europe.

Ørsted Onshore aims to reach 17.5GW in operation and under construction by 2030.

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