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ACE appoints new Director

The Association for the Conservation of Energy will have a new executive director from this September. Dr Joanne Wade will replace founder/director Andrew Warren, who retires after 33 years.

A former director of energy and environmental consultancy Impetus Consulting, she was for nine years until 2004 the research director of the Association.

As well as acting as a freelance consultant, she lectures and supervises at Imperial College London, City University and the University of Surrey. Amongst recent clients have been the UK Energy Research Centre, the European Commission, Consumer Focus, Which? and the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

She is currently a steering group member of the Centre for Innovation & Energy Demand at the University of Sussex; an honorary senior research fellow at Imperial College; and a Fellow and member of the Energy Advisory panel of the Energy Institute.

She has been chair of the board of trustees of the eaga Charitable Trust, a Commissioner of the London Sustainable Development Commission; a trustee of the Global Action Plan; and an Associate lecturer at the Open University.

Joanne will act as the interim director up until May 2015. Andrew Warren will continue in a part-time advisory capacity, again up until that date.

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    Phil Beynon

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    Hi Andrew

    Good luck with your retirement. I don’t somehow see you sitting back in your slippers and enjoying the peace.

    Dr Joanne Wade has a tough act to follow, add to that the challenges of working in the current mind set of Government and she will have her hands full.

    Phil

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      Andrew Warren

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      Thanks, Phil, for these kind comments. Not sure my colleagues at ACE would agree with you regarding my future foot apparel : my Secret Santa Christmas present last year from my colleagues consisted of a pair of slippers, and a packet of Werthers Mints.
      I am confident Joanne will do an excellent job.

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    wd

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    I’m just discovering ACE.

    It seems to me ‘conservation’ is not getting its due compared to Efficiency and Green energy. One contributor to this may be how conservation is viewed.

    If we view conservation as merely TURNING THINGS OFF, we get yawns. Some turning off is good such as power strips to reduce phantom power usage. However, if I turn off our air conditioning when it’s hot and humid, I’ve sacrificed desired outcomes. What about a way to stay cool and comfortable but with less energy? (Here I’m referring to actual kwhs, not just the same energy usage but at off peak hours.)

    If we view conservation to include ACCOMPLISHING OUR GOALS BUT WITH LESS ENERGY CONSUMED, the story gets a lot more interesting. As an example, we can try to reinvent our a/c unit (an Efficiency project) so it condenses moisture from the air as it cools the air but with less electricity. (Trouble is the laws of thermodynamics aren’t going away.) What if we reduce the solar gain to the building so that the a/c load is drastically reduced in the first place? Now, that’s interesting conservation.

    If we consider this solar gain example, conservation could present a solution that reduces energy usage without sacrifice. Meanwhile, Efficiency might only produce marginal gains in a/c design and Green solar PV would merely source whatever energy is needed to overpower the heat and humidity with our existing trusty a/c unit.

    We should get excited about cost effective solutions, whether they are considered hi-tech, no tech, Green, or Gray.

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    Andrew Warren

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    Dear WD
    I am delighted that you have discovered ACE ( even as I depart!). I am sure you are right to emphasise that Conservation of resources is the vital matter – you may be interested to know that, even though the UK’s notional Gross Domestic Policy has increased by 59 % during this century, the actual amount of energy of all types we consume has decreased over the same period by some 12%. Truly, conservation at work.

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    catherine mitchell

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    I agree with the first comment – Andrew – you will be a tough act to follow and i do hope you dont spend too much more time in your slippers – but Joanne is a reallly great choice, both as someone to follow you and for ACE. Catherine

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      Andrew Warren

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      Dear Catherine
      I am very flattered to receive such compliments from somebody with your authority and experience. Particularly as you are now the professor for energy policy at my old alma mater! Exeter, I shall be particularly careful always to don the most appropriate footwear in future.
      And I entirely concur with your confidence in my successor: ACE member companies are I am sure delighted that she agreed to take up the post that I vacated in September.

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