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Aurecon strengthens its Future Energy and Power Generation teams

Aurecon strengthens Future Energy and Power Generation teams.

L-R: Rebecca Mehrtens, Technical Director – Future Energy; Philip Hale, Lead Consultant – Solar Power Generation

1 March 2022 – International design, engineering and advisory company, Aurecon, has appointed two leading energy experts, Rebecca Mehrtens and Philip Hale, to strengthen its Future Energy and Power Generation teams.

At a time when Aotearoa New Zealand is entering a high-growth phase in transition pathways to net zero, decarbonisation and renewable energy, the appointments will support clients in developing renewable generation projects and advising on their transition to net zero journeys.

Rebecca Mehrtens, Technical Director – Future Energy, has 13 years’ experience in the New Zealand energy sector working for Transpower and Genesis Energy. She has held diverse roles including in environmental management of large transmission projects, Head of Customer Solutions for Transmission, Development Manager for Transmission, and as Group Manager Energy Trading Operations.

Dan Martin, Aurecon’s Energy Leader for New Zealand, says “Rebecca brings a deep understanding of the New Zealand electricity system to our team. Her experience and commercial understanding mean that our clients will receive industry leading advice and support.”

Rebecca will lead Aurecon’s Future Energy and Power Generation teams.

Philip Hale, Lead Consultant – Solar Power Generation, is an experienced renewable energy developer and project director with more than 15 years’ experience working in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Africa, UK and Europe regions on utility-scaled solar and wind projects. His career has encompassed a broad range of roles from surveying and construction law to project development and finance, and he brings a wealth of international experience to the team.

Philip will lead our solar generation business, concentrating on new development in New Zealand.

“As organisations navigate rising energy prices, disruptive market and policy forces, the challenges of renewables uptake and a consumer-driven desire to lower carbon emissions, energy transition has emerged as a top business risk for our clients.” Martin continued.

Tracey Ryan, Managing Director – New Zealand, Aurecon, says: “As a leader in the future energy value chain from renewable energy generation, storage, network transmission and distribution through to end uses such as transport and export, Aurecon has the ability to connect strategy to execution and implementation.

Our Future Energy team is going from strength to strength and I am thrilled to welcome both Rebecca and Philip to our team leveraging the combined breadth of local and international experience.”

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