Michael Brower, ACORE’s Interim President and CEO, Appointed to the United States Energy Security Council
Washington, DC – This week, Michael Brower, ACORE’s Interim President and CEO, was named to the United States Energy Security Council. The Council’s main goal is to end America’s dependence on oil - particularly imported foreign oil - for transportation and other energy needs. To this end, the Council works to ensure that new cars sold domestically will accommodate and benefit from a competitive fuel marketplace, and that non-petroleum fuels can compete against oil in a free market environment.
“The US Energy Security Council has made an excellent selection,” explained ACORE Board of Directors Co-Chairman Dan Reicher. “Michael Brower has served admirably as ACORE’s Interim CEO and President over the last several months, and his strong background in the renewable energy sector makes him a smart choice for the Council. Michael's selection also shows that ACORE is a serious player in growing the renewable energy industry and getting things done both in Washington and nationwide.”
ACORE’s US PREF Releases Analysis of How Successful Tax Policy is Important to Continued Private Sector Investment in High-Growth Renewable Energy Sector
Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System has helped lower consumers’ electricity costs, create high-paying American jobs, enhance energy independence, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
For Immediate Release – December 9, 2013
Washington, DC – Today, the US Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF) released a white paper entitled MACRS Depreciation and Renewable Energy Finance that underscores the importance of the U.S. tax code’s existing cost-recovery system for renewable energy growth – and illustrates that the system’s elimination could reduce the number of projects that could get built while substantially increasing the cost to consumers. PREF members met last week with policymakers on Capitol Hill to discuss this issue in the context of broad tax reform.
Federal government to triple renewable energy goals and increase government-wide energy efficiency and sustainability
For Immediate Release – December 5, 2013
Washington, DC - The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) praised President Obama’s signing of the Presidential Memorandum (PM) Federal Leadership on Energy Management which directs the federal government to implement elements of his Climate Action Plan (CAP) - first laid out in June 2013 - and to begin supporting and enforcing broader renewable energy and energy efficiency goals nationwide. His action today reinforces government-wide energy efficiency and sustainability goals. ACORE has worked closely with the Administration in support of the Climate Action Plan which includes increasing amounts of renewable energy generation for government and non-government use.
ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Northeastern Region Report Illustrates How Large-Scale Renewable Energy Facilities are Necessary to Drive Higher Capacity
Eleven Northeastern states rank second in the nation in both solar and biomass power capacity
For Immediate Release – December 3, 2013
Washington, DC - The Northeastern Region Report, the third portion of the American Council On Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) 6th annual Renewable Energy in the 50 States report, was released today. The third in a four-part series, this portion focuses on the renewable energy sector in the eleven Northeastern states plus the District of Columbia (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC). The report is a review of state energy policies and programs, investment, and market openness as they relate to the current state of renewable energy and its potential for further growth. This fall both the Western Region Report and the Midwestern Region Report were released, and the Southeast Region Report will be released early in 2014.
ACORE, U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance member to lead bank charged with public sector financing for clean energy projects
For Immediate Release: November 22, 2013
Washington, DC – Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced the appointment of Alfred Griffin President of the New York Green Bank, a $1 billion venture to leverage private sector financing of clean energy projects that create jobs and help make New York’s communities more sustainable.
Environmental Protection Agency Makes the Wrong Decision for America’s Economy and Environment
For Immediate Release: November 15, 2013
Washington, DC – Today’s decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from its current level by almost 3 billion gallons is a substantial step backwards for the renewable fuels industry, biofuels, and for America. The RFS has never been reduced before, and has been a bipartisan success story for the past several years.
ACORE Congratulates Stephen E. Morgan on Being Elected to the Solar Electric Power Association Board of Directors
For Immediate Release: October 23, 2013
Washington, DC – Stephen E. Morgan, a member of the ACORE Board of Directors and CEO of American Clean Energy, has just been elected to the Board of Directors of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). Morgan has been involved in electric power generation and clean energy production for over 30 years. Based out of New Jersey, he has worked with both the utilities and energy producers to serve a customer base of over four million individuals.
ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Midwestern Region Report Illustrates How America’s Agricultural Heartland Has Become Hub for Renewable Energy Development
Twelve Midwestern states home to over 80% of domestic biofuel production capacity
For Immediate Release – October 21, 2013
Washington, DC - The Midwestern Region Report, the second portion of the American Council On Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) 6th annual Renewable Energy in the 50 States report, was released today. The second in a four-part series, this portion focuses on the renewable energy sector in the twelve Midwestern states (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI). The report is a review of state energy policies and programs, investment, and market openness as they relate to the current state of renewable energy and its potential for further growth. This September the Western Region Report was released, and both the Northeast and the Southeast Region Reports will come out within the next few months.
ACORE Commends Heather Zichal for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing President Obama’s Climate and Renewable Energy Goals
Policy leader has been a consistent voice for balance and innovation on energy development and environmental protection
For Immediate Release: October 8, 2013
Washington, DC – Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, announced that she is stepping down from her post in a matter of weeks. Zichal has been instrumental in putting together the Administration’s climate change strategy, which became public in June, and plan for achieving the President’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation by 2020.
Lifelong clean energy advocate would have been a powerful voice for balance and reform in Washington
For Immediate Release: October 1, 2013
Washington, DC – Today, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that he has pulled his name from further consideration. Ron Binz, most recently Chairman of Colorado’s Public Utilities Commission from 2007 to 2011, has faced stiff opposition from coal, gas, and fossil fuel supporters as well as a protracted stalemate in the Senate Energy Committee.