Belfast Telegraph

Belfast expert takes global role in electricity network modernisation

By Clare Weir

A Belfast-based businessman has been appointed chairman of a global body charged with helping modernise electricity networks.

Paddy Turnbull, who works for GE Energy Europe, has been elected chair of the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), a conglomerate of leading global bodies.

He takes up the role for two years, leading a board of international experts, including the heads of national organisations in countries including Japan, Australia, the US and Israel.

GSGF was established to directly link international associations to help enhance best practices like consumer engagement; innovation and capacity building.

GSGF currently has thirteen member organisations which collectively represent smart grid interests in 27 countries.

Mr Turnbull said he was looking forward to the challenge.

"I am honoured to have been selected to lead the GSGF and I look forward to working with the members as we continue to work to transform the world's electricity systems," he said.

"The Global Smart Grid Federation is a strong international voice for industry on strategic smart grid issues, capable of clearly articulating the case for modernisation around the globe."