By Ben Simmons

Steve Shine OBE has been appointed as chairman of national renewable energy solutions company, Anesco.

The Reading-based company works with local authorities, businesses and homeowners looking to reduce carbon emissions. The firm provides organisation with a comprehensive energy service, from audits through to recommendations, installations and capital funding plans.

Mr Shine, who will be standing down from his office as chief operating officer at Thames Water at the end of March 2012, will join Anesco as Chairman from April.

Mr Shine, who was awarded an OBE in June 2010 for his services to energy and the water industry, has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the utilities sector.

In his role as COO at Thames Water, Mr Shine has overall responsibility for vital support functions, including issues of carbon management.

He joined Thames Water in 2007 having previously held the position of chief executive officer at SGB UK.

Prior to this, he was managing director of 24Seven Utility Services, leading business transformation, operational excellence, regulatory targets and financial results for the electricity distribution business.

Steve Shine said: “I’m looking forward to working with the team at Anesco as it enters the next stage of its development. It provides a strong service and product offering, and continues to grow at an impressive rate.”

Mr Shine joins Anesco as it enters a second stage of rapid growth. The firm has recruited over 80 people in the last six months, with plans to hit 300 by the end of 2012.

Anesco’s chief executive, Adrian Pike, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Steve to the team. The work he has done on carbon management and his experience within the electricity, construction and water industry provides us with a unique set of industry skills and contacts.

“When people talk energy efficiency, they generally look at power and fuel however water recycling and heat recovery are equally significant and Steve brings this knowledge and experience of all these different things.”

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