Bode to leave AWEA in New Year

UNITED STATES: American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Denise Bode has announced she is to leave the organisation on 1 January after four years in the role.

AWEA CEO Denise Bode... leaving AWEA after four years
AWEA’s senior vice president for public policy Rob Gramlich has agreed to serve as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found. Bode will return to private practice as a tax lawyer and will continue to advise AWEA.

The timing of the announcement - on Friday, with just over two weeks to go until the production tax credit (PTC) is set to expire - is likely to surprise many observers.

Asked whether Bode's imminent departure has increased the pressure on the US wind industry, AWEA’s vice president of public affairs Peter Kelley said: "It's really fine — we are well-positioned for the PTC's passage."

He added: "Denise’s resignation from AWEA is something she has thought about for some time. Once she informed the AWEA board of directors, she waited as long as she could to release the news because of our focus on the PTC campaign.  

"She wanted to tell the staff in person, and they are all [in Washington in the second week of December] for annual reviews and the holiday party."

In a statement, Bode said: "With tax policy the dominant interest of my career and prospects for a real tax reform bill in the air, I can’t imagine a better time to make this move."