Michael R. Brower
Interim President and CEO, ACORE;
Senior Federal Policy Director,
Mosaic Federal Affairs LLC/Hiscock & Barclay LLC
Michael R. Brower is an ACORE Board of Directors and Leadership Council member and was unanimously elected by the Board of Directors to be the Interim President and CEO after Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn was named by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary to the Navy for Energy, Installations and the Environment in July and August, 2013. Michael leads the organization in the implementation of the Board of Directors-ratified strategic plan, day-to-day operations and leadership. Michael also Co-Chairs the ACORE President and CEO Search Committee.
He is also Mosaic Federal Affairs' Senior Federal Policy Director and Principal responsible for the firm's operations, projects and legislative objectives and priorities. Michael helped establish Mosaic Federal Affairs LLC, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York law firm Hiscock & Barclay LLP, in January 2006. Michael is a retired career Naval Officer and Aviator who commanded Sea Strike Squadron Twenty-Two in the first Iraqi War and personally flew 43 aircraft carrier-based combat sorties. He also served in the Secretary of the Navy’s personal office as Special Assistant for Air Warfare communicating United States Navy legislative policy to the Congress for Secretary of the Navy Lehman, Secretary of the Navy Webb and Secretary of the Navy Ball. Michael is an ACORE member from the outset and is a long-time Leadership Council member.
After two decade-plus career in naval service, Michael was a state agency executive director, bank director, farmer, a federal and New York State legislative affairs consultant and Director, Community and Governmental Relations at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Throughout his external relations career, Michael has focused on authorizations for appropriations and appropriations legislation, renewable energy and energy tax policy matters, project finance, and federal and state agency project awards.
Michael was directly engaged in helping craft the first ever Energy Title (IX) in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 and played a direct role shaping biomass definitions and tax components in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Infrastructure and Security Act of 2007, and the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. Michael was directly involved in helping enact the Section 1603 Cash Grants In Lieu of Tax Credits language in the American Recovery and Relief Act of 2008 and the inclusion eligibility for biomass and geothermal technologies for Investment Tax Credits in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Michael enjoys extensive development experience with energy crops, geothermal projects, distributed generation, district heating and cooling, biomass conversion to liquid fuels projects and has very recently was awarded $15,000,000 by New York State for the development and deployment of three 1MW multi-feedstock Hydraulic Mix Anaerobic Bio-Digesters.
Most recently, Michael was a speaker at 4th Annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Exhibition (RETECH) in Washington, D.C. (October 2012); a delegate on the U.S. Department of Commerce, Gold Key Renewable Energy Trade Mission traveling to Republic of the Philippines and Thailand (September 2012); a featured speaker, “Advancing Federal Biomass Policy Through Legislative Initiatives,” at the 2nd Annual World Congress of Bioenergy-2012 in the Global Bioenergy Economy and Policy Forum in Xi'an, China (April 2012) and was a session chair and featured speaker at the 3rd Annual World Congress of Bioenergy in Nanjing, China (April 2013). Michael is slated to keynote the China Renewable Energy Conference in Wuxi, China in October 2013. Michael joined ACORE as Interim President & CEO on August 1, 2013.
Michael lives in Syracuse, New York, and commutes weekly to Washington to work at ACORE.