In Memoriam – Bill Holley

Tribute: Bill was one of the top wind energy technical experts in the world. His contributions date back to 80s when he was a professor teaching controls at Oregon State University specializing in wind energy. He joined Kenetech as a primary contributor to the development of the first utility grade variable speed turbines and went on to join GE where he became Chief Engineer specializing in all aspects of wind energy.

Bill’s outstanding technical acumen set him among the elite in his field. He had contributed as much to the technical content of the IEC 61400-1 over the 20 + years he had been involved as any other single person. Bill has made many contributions to other standards within TC88 as well as leading the US Mirror committee in their TC88 participation.

No matter where Bill made his contributions or when he spoke, people tend to listen and appreciate his wisdom. He was very deserving of recognition for his contributions to TC88 as well as his leadership of the US TC88 Mirror committees.
He will be greatly missed by his family and those of us in the renewable energy industry who have known him.


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