Ørsted, a developer of offshore wind farms, says that Thomas Brostrøm, the company’s President of North America has been elected to serve on the board of The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). In this new board role, Brostrøm will help oversee AWEA’s policy, project development, and research activities.
“On behalf of Ørsted, I’m thrilled to take our engagement with AWEA to the next level by serving on the board,” he said. “There are tremendous and growing opportunities for offshore wind in the U.S. market and I look forward to working with AWEA’s Board and members to support the growth and development of reliable, cost-effective offshore wind to benefit U.S. citizens and businesses.”
AWEA, the national trade association for the American wind industry, brings together industry leaders and policy advocates to promote wind energy for American consumers and businesses. In his new position, Brostrøm will join both onshore and offshore wind corporate leaders, policy advocates and researchers in guiding the association’s activities.
Tom Kiernan, the trade association’s CEO, said, “We’re very pleased to have Thomas Brostrøm join the Board as the offshore wind sector takes off in the United States and Ørsted plays a leading role in attracting investment to our coastal communities. The transformation of this company illustrates the enormous opportunity of this technology. Together, Ørsted and the rest of the 1,000 companies of our association are changing how we power our world. And I am personally looking forward to working with Thomas, whose expertise will be valued by our association and the wind industry.”
Brostrøm currently serves as the President of Ørsted’s North American business. The company is a leader in offshore wind with 22 offshore wind projects around the world and 5,600 employees. Brostrøm oversees all North American operations for Ørsted, including the company’s proposed utility-scale offshore wind development projects in Massachusetts and New Jersey.
Recently, Brostrøm was named one of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 recipients. Brostrøm initially joined Ørsted in Denmark in 2009 where he served as Business Developer and Mergers & Acquisitions and later Head of the Renewables Strategy team. He moved to Ørsted’s UK office in 2012 where he was instrumental in building the company’s utility-scale offshore wind business as Head of Project Development UK. In this role, Brostrøm led the development of the 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea project, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, and the Burbo Bank Extension project, which uses 8-MW Vestas turbines – some of the largest in the world.
Brostrøm studied Business Analysis & Valuation and Mergers & Acquisitions at Harvard University and received his master’s degree in Finance and International Business from Aarhus University in Denmark. He was also an Instructor in corporate finance at Aarhus School of Business in Denmark. Brostrøm lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three children.
Ørsted is one of Northern Europe’s leading energy groups headquartered in Denmark. Around 6,200 employees develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms, generate heat and power from power stations as well as supply and trade in energy to wholesale, business and residential customers. In addition, we produce oil and gas, and a process has been initiated to divest this business unit. The continuing part of the Group has approximately 5,800 employees and generated a revenue in 2016 of DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion).
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