exec. director, Industrial Wind Action (IWA) Group
Lisa Linowes is an expert on the impacts of industrial-scale wind energy development on the natural environment, communities, and the regional grid systems. A conservation and land use advocate with over 20 years of executive business experience, Ms. Linowes has held high-profile elected and volunteer positions in community planning, land negotiation, and education outreach. Since its formation in 2006, Ms. Linowes has served as executive director and spokesperson for the Industrial Wind Action (IWA) Group, a national advocacy focused on the impact/benefits analysis and policy issues associated with industrial wind energy development. As publisher and editor of the IWA website, www.windaction.org, she tracks news and research pertaining to industrial wind, and facilitates information sharing on the issue. Ms. Linowes served as a member of the New Hampshire State Wind Energy Facility Siting Guidelines Working Group to determine guidelines for the siting of land-based wind turbines. The committee was focused on minimizing and avoiding impacts of large-scale wind development on wildlife and sensitive habitat areas. Ms. Linowes has been an active participant in the ISO-New England's Scenario Planning Process to determine regional energy requirements to meet growing demand in the region. At the local level, Ms. Linowes has been an active member of planning boards and conservation commissions for over ten years, having reviewed hundreds of development plans including wind energy facilities, large subdivisions, office buildings, and shopping complexes. She has led numerous seminars on land use issues and the impact of such development on sensitive land areas. Ms. Linowes also served on the Board of Directors of the NH Association of Conservation Commissions, and was awarded a NH Coverts Cooperator for promoting wildlife habitats conservation and forest stewardship.