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Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn (USN, ret.)

mcginn-lgVice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn (USN, ret.)

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American Council On Renewable Energy

In 2011, Retired Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn took the helm as President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) where he advances the organization’s mission of building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. Under McGinn’s leadership, ACORE launched EnergyFactCheck, a website designed to rebalance the debate about renewable energy, providing fact-based information to counter misinformation about the industry. 

Admiral McGinn is a widely recognized energy and national security expert. He is regularly asked to participate in public forums about energy and national security and has been published in newspaper articles and opinion pages across the country.

He serves as co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board advising policy makers on the nexus of energy and national security, and as an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is also on the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, a member of the United States Energy Security Council, and a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Board. He was previously with Battelle Memorial Institute, where he was a corporate officer and led the energy, transportation, and environment division.

McGinn's continued commitment to bettering the nation follows a 35-year career with the U.S. Navy where he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. His capstone assignment with the Navy was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs at the Pentagon, where he oversaw the development of future U.S. Navy capabilities. In a previous operational leadership role, he commanded the U.S. Third Fleet. Admiral McGinn earned a B.S. degree in naval engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and was a Chief of Naval Operations strategic studies fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.

Op-Eds/Blogs by VADM McGinn

American Renewable Energy Is Powering the American Energy Transformation (The Hill, July 4, 2013)

Level the Playing Field for Renewables ( Politico, June 24, 2013)

Congress Can Jolt Renewable Energy (National Journal Energy Experts Blog, April 29, 2013)

More renewables for states (Politico, April 4, 2013)

Bullish on Biofuels (National Journal Energy Experts Blog, March 29, 2013)

OPINION: Dennis McGinn of ACORE (RECHARGE, March 4, 2013)

The Year For Bipartisan Energy Policy (National Journal Energy Experts Blog, January 9, 2013)

Long Term Thinking For PTC (National Journal Energy Experts Blog, December 17, 2012)

Jobs And Manufacturing At Stake (National Journal Energy Experts Blog, December 12, 2012)

Together We Move Forward (National Journal Energy Experts Blog, November 14, 2012)

Get Past Politics and Back to Business (National Journal Energy Experts Blog, November 5, 2012)

A Real “All of the Above” Strategy (National Journal Energy Experts Blog, October 17, 2012)

Clean Energy Is Still a Sound Investment (Yahoo! Finance, September 13, 2012)

Reports Co-Authored by VADM McGinn

America’s Energy Resurgence: Sustaining Success, Confronting Challenges. Bipartisan Policy Center. February 27, 2013.

Ensuring America's Freedom of Movement: A National Security Imperative to Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence.CNA Military Advisory Board. October 2011.

Powering America's Economy: Energy Innovation at the Crossroads of National Security Challenges. CNA Military Advisory Board. July 2010.

Powering America’s Defense: Energy and the Risks to National Security. CNA Military Advisory Board. May 2009.

Articles or Press Releases Quoting VADM McGinn

Highlights from ACORE's National Renewable Energy Policy Forum (Blue Virginia, February 8, 2013)

Push to address climate change (Politico, February 26, 2013)

ACORE Praises the Extraordinary Tenure of Outgoing Secretary of Energy Steven Chu (States News Service, February 1, 2013)

Political, financial obstacles could stymie military's adoption of renewables (SNL Electric Utility Report, December 24, 2012)

ACORE President Dennis McGinn on renewable financing obstacles, opportunities (SNL Renewable Energy Weekly, December 14, 2012)

Report: Military Biofuel Programs Poised to Drive Major Economic, Job Growth (PR Newswire, November 14, 2012)

Retired admiral pushes for national energy policy at clean energy conference (Savannah Morning News, November 12, 2012)

Politics: Ethanol industry, nat'l security experts link arms in defense of RFS (Greenwire, October 22, 2012)

A call to end clean energy's politicization (Contra Costa Times, September 27, 2012)

Biofuels essential to long-term U.S. national security (Southwest Farm Press, August 13, 2012)

Clean-Energy Facts (The New York Post, July 31, 2012)

Renewables myth-buster says sector is making money for investors (SNL Electric Utility Report, July 30, 2012)

Renewable Energy and Fossil Fuels a Clash of the Titans (CleanTech Blog, July 17, 2012)

Advocacy: Renewable energy group takes aim at critics (ClimateWire, June 28, 2012)

ACORE and AEE to Foster Industry Collaboration with U.S. Military (Entertainment Close-Up, February 3, 2012)

Cleantech Policy News (CleanTechnica, November 21, 2011)

Of oil and national security (Fleet Owner, November 7, 2011)

U.S. Military think tank urges 30 percent cut in oil consumption (EcoSeed, November 4, 2011)

Military think tank urges US to cut oil use (Guardian Unlimited, November 2, 2011)

U.S. Military Officials: Clean Energy Important for National Security (CleanTechnica, October 19, 2011)

Fourth Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West Conference (India Energy News, September 28, 2011)

Defense: Retired Navy commander takes a 'silver buckshot' approach to energy security (Greenwire, April 28, 2011)

Virginia has a clean-energy role to play (Richmond Times Dispatch, March 10, 2011)

Defense: Military leader worries about impact of climate change on world trade (ClimateWire, March 1, 2011)

Military officers: Fossil-fuel reliance threatens US security, economy (Independent Record, February 7, 2011)

Energy Policy: Military brews weigh in on renewables debate in Mont. (Greenwire, February 7, 2011)

Climate: Panel to probe link between emissions, extreme weather (Environment and Energy Daily, September 21, 2010)

Retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn to Keynote 2010 Algae Biomass Summit; National Security Expert to Discuss Links Between Energy and International Security (Marketwire, September 15, 2010)

Energy security a vital national interest; A new energy policy that make us less dependent on fossil fuels is key to our future. (Portland Press Herald (Maine), July 11, 2010)

Official pushes climate message (Bangor Daily News, July 9, 2010)

EPA Preparing to Finalize First National Greenhouse Gas Pollution Standards in U.S. History (States News Service, March 31, 2010)

ACORE Salutes Tesla for Repaying Loan Guarantee Nine Years Early, Showing Success of LGP Program (States News Service, May 23, 2013)



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