Tributes to Bill Holley from Colleagues and Friends

From Bill’s colleagues and friends:

Jeroen van Dam:
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 tended 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.


Tim Zgonena:
That is a huge loss! My prayers are with his family and friends.


Jomaa Ben Hassine:
I am still trying to process this sad news as it is hard to imagine meetings without Bill’s wisdom, consensus building and guiding interventions. I have worked with him for many years and it is evident he will be sorely missed by us all. I have the deepest respect for him. May his soul be with the angels, peaceful and content for eternity.


Lance Manuel:
This is indeed a shock! I saw Bill in Greenville, SC just two months ago when I was in the area. He gave me a tour around the town, sharing its history with me, and I enjoyed a nice dinner with him. It was a pleasant evening. Bill brought a lot of wisdom and experience to the industry and to the standards world! He will be greatly missed.


Jim Manwell:
This is sad day. Bill was a major contributor to the emergence of modern wind energy at its beginning and stayed with it through its ups and downs right up to the present, when many of the visions of those early days are already a reality and others will be soon.


Kyle Wetzel:
In addition to Bill’s great contributions to our industry, I was always impressed by what a gentlemen he was in all his dealings with people. He will be missed. It is a shock, as we were all just corresponding with him a few days ago regarding IEC affairs.


George Kelly:
Bill was truly a pioneer of the wind industry, his career spanning over three decades in the development of renewable energy. I only had the privilege to work with Bill for a few short years, but it was immediately clear that he had earned the respect and trust of all those with whom he worked. As a founding Director of ARESCA, he always advocated for inclusion and consensus, and was never willing to settle for less than the best results. Together, we can honor his memory by continuing the important standardization work that was Bill’s passion. Although such work is never truly finished, we share the belief that it is essential to ensure a more sustainable and prosperous world for future generations.


Pouyan Pourbeik:
Unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure and privilege to know Bill well. However, I am saddened by this loss. Please convey my deepest condolences to the family, and assure them of my ardent prayers for the progress of his dearly departed soul – May God bless his soul.


Brian Hill:
Condolences to the family and many friends of Bill Holley. We are thankful for his great contributions to the wind industry during his many years of service.


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