Ryan McNeill, Renewable Energy Corporation
It’s no secret that clean tech jobs have been exploding in North Carolina, and solar is no exception. In fact, according to the Charlotte Business Journal, employment in North Carolina’s solar industry grew by 121% in 2013. That means that North Carolina is one of the top 10 states in the nation in solar employment.
Cora Dickson & Ryan Mulholland, International Trade Administration (ITA)
As demand for clean energy grows throughout the world, how does a renewable energy company develop its export strategy?
It’s been several months now since the EPA proposed to revise the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of renewable biofuels in America’s fuel supply. This proposal is clearly flawed, but that hasn’t stopped entrenched fossil fuel interests from taking this opportunity to intensify their attacks on the RFS.
A recent article in Politico, Obama’s Agenda: EPA Leading the Charge on Climate Change, noted that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is taking significant action to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) from the electricity sector. The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) applauds the use of sanctioned executive authority to reduce CO2 emission from our electricity sector. According to USEPA, our electricity sector is the leading source (38%) of U.S. CO2 emissions.
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!