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Gov. Chet Culver, D-Iowa, and Lieutenant Gov. Patty Judge recently introduced Roya Stanley as the director for the Office of Energy Independence. In addition, members of the newly formed Power Fund board of directors were named.

"We have a nationally known director in Roya Stanley," says Culver. "She has worked for more than 20 years as an ambassador for renewable energy. Her credentials are exceptional and she will lead this new office with a thoughtful understanding of what Iowa can and will achieve in the field of energy independence."

Stanley is returning to Iowa after seven years with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. She also has worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Iowa energy office. As the Energy Bureau chief, she led the development of a state program that provided more than $150 million in energy efficiency project investments in Iowa public facilities. Stanley supported the development of Iowa's renewable portfolio standard. In her last two years with the DNR, Stanley served as the administrator for the Waste Management Assistance Division.

The 18 members of the Power Fund board of directors includes seven due diligence committee members. Fred S. Hubbell has been appointed chairman of the Power Fund board of directors.

Board members for the Power Fund include John Norris, Iowa Utilities Board; Mike Tramontina, Iowa Department of Economic Development; Rich Leopold, Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Bill Northey, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Sen. Roger Stewart; Sen. Hubert Houser; Rep. Nathan Reichert; Rep. Chuck Soderberg; Mary Jo Dolan, Iowa Community Colleges; Kent Henning, Iowa Private Colleges; Gregory Geoffroy, Iowa Board of Regents; Lucy Norton; Glenn Cannon; Peter Hemken; Carrie LaSeur; Patricia Higby and Thomas Wind.

Due diligence committee members include Franklin Codel, Office of Energy Independence; Vern Gebhart, Iowa Department of Economic Development; Floyd Barwig, Iowa Energy Center; Ted Crosbie, Bioscience Organization; William C. Hunter, Iowa Board of Regents; Fred S. Hubbell and Patricia Higby.


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