The Low Impact Hydro Institute (LIHI) -- an environmental impact watchdog organization -- has made changes to its executive management team and office, HydroWorld.com has learned.
Fred Ayer, who had served as Executive Director of LIHI since May 2003, has retired from his position and been replaced by Michael J. Sale. Ayer will continue serving as a member of LIHI's Governing Board.
"LIHI has been very fortunate to have Fred," said Richard Roos-Collins, President of the LIHI Governing Board. "We would not be where we are today without his outstanding work. He managed LIHI into a new era with patience, persistence, good humor, practicality, very hard work and many other exceptional qualities."
LIHI's new Executive Director, Sale, has more than 30 years of experience in the hydroelectric sector, having previously worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Agency (FERC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), amongst other entities. Sale also served as a research staff member and manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he retired emeritus in 2008. He has also served as a member of LIHI's Governing Board.
Also assuming a new position is Dana Hall, who will expand her support to the Executive Director and Governing Board as LIHI's new Deputy Director. Hall is an attorney practicing in New York and New Jersey, where she provides legal and regulatory support services for a range of clean energy clientele.
Hall served as the Energy Policy Coordinator at the Pace Energy and Climate Center from 2008-10, and has been LIHI's secretary since October 2009.
"We have not lost Fred," Roos-Collins said. "Rather, we have gained a new pair of leaders in Mike and Dana that will be following in Fred's footsteps. I have full confidence that Mike and Dana will be just as successful as Fred has been in implementing LIHI's mission."
LIHI's offices will also be moving from their current location in Portland, Maine, to Harrington Park, New Jersey, where Hall is located, and Wartburg, Tenn., where Sale is located.
LIHI's new mailing address is:
PO Box 194
Harrington Park, N.J. 07640
LIHI is a non-profit organization "dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of hydropower projects that have avoided or reduced their environmental impacts pursuant to the institute's criteria." Its green-energy certification program is the only in the United States that specializes in hydroelectricity.