We were very saddened to learn of the death of Martin Alder in October 2016. Martin was instrumental in establishing the Gloucester Community Energy Co-operative, and served as its chair for many years.
He was involved with renewable energy for more than 30 years. Initially he joined the water industry in 1979 (Wessex) where he became expert in anaerobic digestion and bio-gas generation, but in 1995 he moved from the water industry to co-found The Renewable Energy Company, the first supplier dedicated to renewable electricity.
In 1999 he became Operations Director of Cinergy Renewables and concentrated on developing contracts for new renewable generation under the Renewables Obligation. He had his own consultancy company Optimum Energy Ltd which specialised in renewable energy contracts, trading and renewable market economics.
Martin was Vice-Chairman of the Association of Electricity Producers, and Chairman of their Renewable Energy Committee. He represented the AEP as the UK member of the Eurelectric workgroup for Renewables and Embedded Generation. In addition, he was a Trustee and Chairman of the World Renewable Energy Network.
He was involved with the Co-operative movement for many years and had been a Midcounties, Phone Co-op and Press Director as well as a Director of Co-operatives UK. Our energy Co-operative became his main focus for a good many years, and he devoted enormous time and energy to ensuring the success of our PV project on the roof at Cityworks.
He will be missed by us all.