13 March 2023
Earth Wind & Power announces that Maryann Løcka, until recently Assistant Director General for the Department for Climate, Industry and technology within the Norwegian Ministry of Oil and Energy, is to join the company as Business Development Manager on 1 April 2023.
Earth Wind & Power Strengthens Team with Appointment of Former Assistant Director General for the Norwegian Department for Climate, Industry and Technology
Earth Wind & Power (EWP), a leading innovator in creating a sustainable bridge between excess energy and the exponentially growing demand for computing power, today announces that Maryann Løcka, until recently Assistant Director General for the Department for Climate, Industry and technology within the Norwegian Ministry of Oil and Energy, is to join the company as Business Development Manager on 1 April 2023.
Maryann began her career with the Ministry in 1997, bringing over 25 years of experience in policy making and regulation in the energy sector. She has led the office responsible for oil field development, operation and decommissioning on the Norwegian shelf, where environmental and climate considerations have been an integral part of the policy with GHG emission reduction initiatives high on the agenda.
Another core focus has been the development of low carbon technological solutions such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) where she supported the Ministry’s responsibility in projects like the renowned Technology Centre Mongstad, the world’s largest test centre for developing CO2 capture technologies.
Maryann also possesses extensive experience of renewable energy and the energy transition, having worked on regulation and policy for offshore wind and to facilitate industrial development. In this capacity she has had the opportunity to engage with the industry leaders and a broad range of stakeholders in organizing workshops, high level meetings and the Offshore Wind Collaboration Forum. She has also worked on the development of the Ministry’s contribution to the internationalisation of the energy industries.
Maryann has gained invaluable international exposure working as Energy Councillor at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C. and Ottawa. In this capacity she collaborated on energy policy and gained a unique perspective on the impact of the shale revolution on the North American energy landscape as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by the nascent renewable energy sector, especially the offshore wind industry.
Along with the U.S. and Canada, she has also collaborated extensively with other international ministries and government partners, around the creation of policies and ideas to support the creation of green jobs as the energy transition progresses, with a focus on using competence and know-how from the oil and gas industry in new areas such as offshore wind and CCS.
Her experience and knowledge, allied to her extensive network, will further strengthen relationships with new and existing partners in the public and private sectors, and support the company’s mission to develop and promote solutions that deliver improved resource management and environmental standards in power generation while meeting rapidly growing demand, and to deliver a fair energy transition through technology and collaboration.
Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, CEO and Co-Founder of Earth Wind & Power commented “I have known Maryann for many years, having worked together for 4 years at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, and I am thrilled that she is joining us at Earth Wind & Power. She brings a wealth of relevant experience across the entire spectrum of the global energy sector and a passion for developing solutions to the challenges of improved resource management and meeting ever increasing demand for power through innovation and collaboration.”
Maryann Løcka said “I am delighted to be joining Earth Wind & Power at such an exciting time. I have been following the company’s progress, and I strongly believe in the core ideas behind the business. Improving resource management, reducing the environmental impact of power generation as we strive to meet ever increasing demand, incentivising renewable power generation, and developing off-grid solutions – especially in remote areas – is vital to a successful and fair energy transition. It is very important to me to have the opportunity to use my knowledge and experience to develop solutions and to help Earth Wind & Power achieve its objectives.”
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About Earth Wind & Power
Earth Wind & Power (EWP) provides a sustainable solution for powering datacentres by utilizing excess energy from wind, solar, geo-thermal and gas to cater for the increased computing power demand – without any negative impact on existing grids.
The company positions scalable modular datacentre units at local power production facilities around the world, taking advantage of the most energy-efficient technologies to utilise the excess energy on site for HPC when no other offtake is commercially viable, or when demand and energy prices are low.
Led by CEO and Former Norwegian Minister of National Public Security and Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, EWP was founded by pioneers from wind and solar industries as well as international E&P.