International renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has confirmed today the appointment of Andy Howie as Director of Asset Management helping to drive the global operations business forward with a particular focus on effective wind farm site operation, asset optimisation and world-class health and safety standards.

Andy joins Natural Power from AES, having held the role of Operations, Construction and Technical Services Director and brings with him more than two decades of industry experience including positions at SKM, Siemens, Mitsubishi and SeaWest.

Andy’s new role will see him leading the Asset Management team of over 30 employees in the UK, France and the US.

Ted Leeming, Managing Director at Natural Power comments: “Andy joins Natural Power at an incredibly exciting time for our Asset Management business which has now established itself as the UK’s leading provider of operational wind farm services. We are expanding rapidly in to the US and France and Andy will spearhead this campaign. We very much look forward to supporting Andy and the team as ever.”

Commenting on his recent appointment, Andy added: “Before joining Natural Power, watching the expansion of the company’s Asset Management services has been extremely interesting for those, such as myself, who are focussing on the optimisation of existing assets in the maturing wind energy market. Over the coming weeks and months I look forward to working with my new colleagues to help grow the operations business internationally, capitalising on the company’s success and reputation to date. It will be a fantastic 2013 for Natural Power’s Asset Management business!”

Since its foundations, the company have developed an unrivalled set of integrated Asset Management services, including comprehensive Site Management, WindCentre (24/7 control room), ForeSite (a wind farm output forecasting system), and WindManager (an integrated system for wind farm and portfolio management). Natural Power currently provides a range of Asset Management services to 23%* of the UK’s installed onshore wind capacity.

*August 2012 - Natural Power on-going services on 1620.46MW of 6858MW installed onshore capacity, source: RenewableUK website