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.