A recent article in Politico, Obama’s Agenda: EPA Leading the Charge on Climate Change, noted that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is taking significant action to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) from the electricity sector. The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) applauds the use of sanctioned executive authority to reduce CO2 emission from our electricity sector. According to USEPA, our electricity sector is the leading source (38%) of U.S. CO2 emissions.
Renewable energy has a vital role to play in the Southeast’s energy sector as a means to satisfy high per-capita electricity consumption, provide an alternative to imported coal, meet the demands of a growing population, and revitalize aging energy infrastructure. However, Southeastern states have often been reluctant to create market signals attractive to renewable energy developers and investors – including appropriate incentives and government initiatives – despite having suitable renewable energy resources.
On Friday, January 10th, the American Council On Renewable Energy announced that it had chosen a familiar face as its permanent President and CEO: Michael Brower. Michael had spent several months beforehand as ACORE’s Interim President and CEO. At the beginning of his tenure, he sat down with me to answer a few questions. Enjoy!
A recent RenewablesBiz piece, “Why roof-top solar panels really don't make sense” makes a puzzling argument at best. The combination of fuzzy logic and conflating arguments on everything from roof angle to net-metering “magic” leaves all but the most uninformed solar observer baffled. Simply put, rooftop solar makes a ton of sense--when you look at the facts.
In December ACORE released its new report titled “Renewable Energy In the 50 States: Northeast Region.” The report provides a detailed market and policy overview of states located in the Northeast region of the United States. During that time, I had the opportunity to talk about renewable energy in the Northeast with five ACORE members including Bob Cleaves, President and CEO of Portland, Maine-based Biomass Power Association.
Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his long-awaited strategy for the state’s energy plan going forward. The Governor’s speech came on the heels of a report from Michigan’s Public Service Commission, finding that it is eminently possible for Michigan to derive more than 30% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035.