(March 22, 2022 – St. John’s, NL) Today, the supply and service sector of the Newfoundland and Labrador energy industry took a bold step forward as Noia announced changes to its vision, mandate, and name. This action reflects our member’s activities and was informed by an extensive consultation process with its membership.
Joined by CEO Charlene Johnson, and Harry Pride, a founding member of the association and honourary member, Chair James Parmiter announced that Noia would now be known as Energy NL. Energy NL will represent members of the energy supply and service community as the Newfoundland and Labrador energy sector moves to take advantage of its abundant and world-leading energy resources, support technology transfer, and engage in international market opportunities.
“Our members have been living the energy evolution and this change has been considered for a number of years. In 2021, we engaged a consultant to formally gather member feedback regarding our mandate and vision. The process included 189 members and resulted in substantial, thoughtful, and definitive feedback It was made clear to our board that the association must expand our mandate to engage in other energy sectors. In fact, over 90% of those who participated felt that Noia should diversify. It was also clear members did not want us to abandon offshore oil and gas as our members agreed it will play a key role in Newfoundland and Labrador’s energy future. Global demand for energy dictates that renewables and non-renewables must co-exist and be developed responsibly and that is where Energy NL must deliver. We remain committed to our effective research-based advocacy and market development activities.”
- James Parmiter, Chair of the Energy NL Board of Directors
Energy NL will represent members involved in the energy supply and service sector, such as offshore oil and gas, hydro, wind, solar and hydrogen. While the association has been involved in sustainable and renewable energy discussions in the last number of years, the change announced today formally establishes the association’s commitment to the broader Newfoundland and Labrador energy sector. Numerous Energy NL members are already involved in the renewable and sustainable energy sectors and recently the association partnered with econext and OilCo to begin the Net Zero Project. Preliminary discussions have taken place with Fortis Inc. and NL Hydro to identify potential opportunities for Energy NL members. Further, Energy NL today announced the hiring of Robin Kieley for a new role within the association, Manager of Sustainable Energy Initiatives.
“We believe in a balanced approach to energy production and look forward to advocating for a sustainable energy future and the exceptional contribution Energy NL members can make to that important objective. I believe our new vision, mandate, and name will allow us to offer more for our members, which was our goal from the outset. A major step forward was taken last year when we collaborated with econext and OilCo to establish the Net Zero Project to map a path to net zero. Supporting such initiatives, today I was pleased to announce that Energy NL has hired a Manager of Sustainable Energy Initiatives, Robin Kieley, who will support our members to further engage in the local, national, and international energy sector.”
- Charlene Johnson, Energy NL CEO
The vision statement for Energy NL commits the association to a sustainable and prosperous lower carbon energy industry while its mandate is to facilitate member participation in the energy industry through advocating for local sustainable energy development, seeking local and global opportunities, and creating connections to advance the industry.
The Energy NL logo includes a recognition of the history of the association with the colours orange and blue within the ‘N.’ The blue leads the evolution and represents a historic ocean connection, as well as the potential for the province’s vast hydro resources and hydrogen opportunities. The ‘L’ looks to the future, an evolution which includes green energy and technology. The new website of the association is www.energynl.ca though a temporary site of www.energynl.org will be used for a few days. Social media platform handles are @WeAreEnergyNL.
Energy NL represents approximately 460 member organizations worldwide which are involved in the Newfoundland and Labrador energy sector. Members are active in all areas of the supply and service sector and include a diverse representation of businesses that range from offshore supply vessels and helicopters, carbon reduction and sustainable technologies, health and safety equipment and training, engineering solutions and fabricators to law firms and human resource agencies.
Further information about Energy NL, including the video used at the announcement today and the new vision, mandate, and logo can be found here.
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