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Iowa Wind Energy Assn. Hires Dr. Harold Prior As Executive Director

By Staff | Jun 29, 2010

The Board of Directors of the Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA) recently announced the hiring of Dr. Harold D. Prior as its first Executive Director. Dr. Prior, working with staff at Iowa Lakes Community College, State of Iowa agencies, and companies within the wind industry, including utilities and REC’s, founded IWEA in January of 2008. He has also served as a board member and president since its inception. During this time, IWEA has grown to more than 100 members and successfully conducted three annual statewide wind energy conferences. Dr. Prior retired as president of Iowa Lakes Community College in 2009.

IWEA has experienced significant growth over the past two and one-half years and the Board of Directors saw the need to hire staff to continue expansion of IWEA’s membership and advocacy for the wind industry. Dr. Prior will be responsible for all aspects of the association’s operations and supporting the activities of the Board of Directors and Board committees.

Rob Hach, a charter member of the IWEA Board of Directors and past Secretary/Treasurer, said, “It is exciting for IWEA to make this transition and to have Dr. Prior as its first Executive Director. IWEA was conceived in the early 1980s but became dormant until 2008 when leaders such as Dr. Prior gave the organization new life. It will be exciting to see the organization grow with Dr. Prior’s continued leadership.”

Randy Van Dyke, another charter member of the Board and IWEA’s current president, said, “As I travel Iowa and see thousands of wind turbines, it’s exciting to know that the state leads the nation in many categories of wind energy production. With the appointment of Dr. Prior as Executive Director, IWEA will be able to increase its efforts to support the continued growth in electrical production from wind and the new jobs and economic development that the wind industry creates.” 

According to the American Wind Energy Association, Iowa has the tenth best wind potential in the nation, yet ranks first or second in the nation in many aspects of the production of electricity from the wind. Harvesting the wind in Iowa for electrical production creates thousands of good-paying jobs and attracts companies to produce the components of wind turbines in Iowa.

IWEA works to support the growth of the wind industry in Iowa. IWEA does this by advocating public policies promoting the growth of wind-generated power in Iowa and educating the public about the benefits of the wind industry. IWEA’s Board of Directors includes 15 people from all sectors of the wind industry. More information, including membership applications, is available at www.iowawindenergy.org.