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ACORE Recognizes and Thanks Past CEO and President, Secretary Dennis McGinn for His Leadership on and Service to Renewable Energy and the Organization

McGinn Recognized for His Long Commitment to Renewable Energy at Pew Charitable Trusts' Clean Energy Program Event

Washington, D.C., January 16, 2014 - The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released a statement of appreciation of its past President and CEO, Dennis McGinn, on the occasion of a briefing today by McGinn, “Powering the Navy’s Energy Future.” The event was hosted by the Pew Charitable Trusts at the U.S Naval Heritage Center.

American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) Announces New Members of Board Of Directors

Dan Adler; CALCef; Matt Cheney, Chief Executive Officer, CleanPath; Michael Ware, AdvanceCapital; Kathleen Weiss, FirstSolar Join ACORE Board

Washington, D.C., January 15, 2014 - The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to announce four new Board of Directors members as a result of the annual election of Directors: Dan Adler, Matt Cheney, Kathleen Weiss and Michael Ware now fill the vacancies.

ACORE Board of Directors Announces Michael R. Brower to Lead Organization as Permanent CEO and President


Washington, D.C., January 10, 2014 - The Board of Directors of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced today that Michael R. Brower has been appointed the new President and CEO of the organization. Brower served as the Interim President and CEO since July 29th, 2013.

ACORE Board Co-chair, Dan Reicher said, “Michael Brower brings both a deep understanding of the issues facing renewable energy and first-hand knowledge of ACORE itself.  During his recent tenure, he has lead a thorough review of the organization and in-depth goal-setting process for staff. He is the right person to lead ACORE’s successful programs and build strong collaborations with other key players, at a moment of great opportunity--and challenge--for the renewable energy industry.”

ACORE Stands Fully Behind Navy’s Farm To Fleet Renewable Fuels Initiative

Biofuel blends projected to reach cost-competitiveness with petroleum-based jet fuel

For Immediate Release – December 12, 2013

Washington, DC – Late yesterday, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Navy announced plans to make drop-in biofuels available for purchase through the Department of Defense’s regular procurement vehicles. These advanced biofuels will be blended in amounts of 10 to 50 percent with conventional jet engine and marine diesel fuels. Solicitations for biofuels begin in 2014 and deliveries are expected in 2015.

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.

ACORE Lauds Timely Implementation of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

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 Applauds Alfred Griffin’s Appointment as the President of the New York Green Bank

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.

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