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New Alpine executive – Michael Boorer

New Alpine executive – Michael Boorer

Improved shareholder value and tangible benefits to South Canterbury in energy diversity and water management is a vision of the newest senior executive to join local power supply company Alpine Energy Ltd.

Former Timaru man Michael Boorer took up his position as corporate services manager for the power provider last month, bringing wide experience in similar roles both in Timaru and nationally.

The appointment of Mr Boorer has brought closer to South Canterbury new opportunities in solar energy as well as an even stronger focus on water management and irrigation growth.

Mr Boorer is a former corporate services manager of the Timaru District Council and in that role helped to create Timaru District Holdings Ltd, part owner of the company he now works for.

But it his most recent role with St John that Mr Boorer is calling on to equip him for the challenges ahead in looking after Alpine Energy’s finances, property, assets, sponsorship, and as company secretary, stakeholders in a company that owns and operates the electricity distribution network in South Canterbury.

A former corporate services manager for the Northern Region (SI) of St John, he became the organisation’s national finance and administration director, revolutionising its financial structure by bringing each region into a central financial and administration reporting point.

Married to Sheena, also formerly of Timaru, and with two adult children Jonathan and Charlotte, both studying in Christchurch, his arrival at Alpine Energy signals the start of a journey to diversify revenue streams, reduce debt and improve communication with staff, the industry and stakeholders.

Mr Boorer sees renewable energies offering exciting alternatives to South Canterbury power consumers.
“I believe there are parts of South Canterbury that could offer sustainable renewable power alternatives to supplement our normal electricity feeds and solar, of course, is the new age in renewable energy as technology improves,” Mr Boorer said.

Now building a new house, he is investigating the solar power options.

“Solar is becoming a realistic alternative in suburb-sized delivery models. There is such a bright future for us here in South Canterbury.”

But the district also needed to concentrate and improve on its highly successful irrigation models with large projects such as the Rangitata South Irrigation Scheme and the Hunter Downs project offering strong growth potential, he said.

“The growth in irrigation here has been good for South Canterbury and good for Alpine Energy and we look forward to building on that and developing opportunities for the good of the entire regional economy,” Mr Boorer said.

Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs said Mr Boorer’s role with the company was critical.

“With shareholder assets of more than $100 million, prudent fiscal and asset management is crucial to our ongoing success as our company pursues business policies which maximise the value of the organisation in the medium and long term to our customers, consumers, shareholders, stakeholders and staff,” Mr Tombs said.

“Diversity in revenue streams offers us assurances that our company remains efficient, effective and to the forefront in innovation and technology in the provision of energy.

“We are delighted to have been able to bring Michael on board to help us in that process. And we are even more delighted that he is from Timaru and knows our region so well. He has hit the ground running,” Mr Tombs said.


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