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Biofuels Yield Military, Economic Dividends

Published on 26 Nov 2012  |   Written by 

By James Marvin, A former Navy Seal and currently a clean-energy consultant at Environmental Entrepreneurs.

Every day around the world, technologies that are developed by the military help our troops carry out missions that keep America safe.  But beyond strengthening our national security and giving Americans peace of mind, military investments in technology yield another dividend — economic growth. And a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows just how big that growth can be.  >>View blog post at www.stripes.com 

Green On The Gridiron

Published on 20 Nov 2012  |   Written by 

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn 

This past Sunday during halftime of the Redskins—Eagles game, I accepted the NRG Sustainable Futures Award, presented by Arun Banskota, President of eVgo, a NRG Energy company and co-chair of ACORE’s Transportation Initiative. It was an honor to receive the NRG Sustainable Futures Award on Military Appreciation Day in front of tens of thousands of Washington Redskins fans. I accepted the award with great humility, fully realizing that it symbolizes not just my work, but the collective hard work of our members and the ACORE staff day in and day out—helping move the industry forward.

Divided We Stand, Together We Move Forward

Published on 15 Nov 2012  |   Written by 

**Originally published in The National Journal's Energy Expert Blog

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn

With the election behind us, let’s hope this is the end to an ugly era of polarization in American politics. Over the past few years, Americans have listened to political bickering across almost every spectrum of policy on the state and national level. Despite many differences between our two parties, bipartisan support for renewable energy is growing and policymakers should take note. Many different points of view are constantly being expressed on which programs and policies work best, but politicians should understand that Americans expect our government to bring more renewable energy to scale. If Congress extends the Production Tax Credit, one of the most notable renewable energy tax credits by the end of the year, this will be a valuable indication that Washington has the ability to work together to achieve bipartisan policies for the good of the nation.

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn

During the final sprint to Election Day, Americans will hear political leaders point fingers as they attempt to explain why the U.S. is experiencing slow domestic job growth. We will hear versions of an “all of the above” energy strategy, versions that may not in fact fairly embrace all of our domestic energy resources. Evidence of the lack of consistent support for all sources of energy abounds in Congress’s failure to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) even as the wind industry has been making significant gains in previous years. If leaders of any party want to truly establish “all of the above” energy strategy that embraces all sources of energy--natural gas, fossil fuels, and renewable energy--on a level playing field, the PTC must be extended.

The Future Of Wind Power

Published on 01 Nov 2012  |   Written by 

By George Dearing

With an industry tax credit in jeopardy and new projects at a virtual standstill in the U.S., you might have expected the wind industry to come limping into RETECH2012. Instead, the audience heard from a sector that’s honing in on what it can control -- namely cost reductions and innovation.

“We haven’t placed any orders for turbines for 2013,” said First Wind’s Julia Bovey in the opening remarks. That’s been the norm in 2012 for wind developers and turbine manufacturers as utilities and power purchasers have adopted a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the Production Tax Credit (PTC). 

By David Field, OneRoof Energy CEO and Founder

The demand for solar in the U.S. has nearly doubled over the past few years, bringing significant opportunity for solar installation providers along with challenges that such rapid growth inevitably brings. Now the solar industry must collectively take advantage of this momentum by advocating for a streamlined and more efficient solar permitting practices and working with local governments to establish a permitting standard that will increase efficiencies and help installers manage costs amid this growth.

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