October, 9 2012
I joined the ACORE team about five months ago after I finished my undergraduate work at Rutgers University. The first thing I noticed when I joined ACORE is how dedicated the staff is to promoting renewable energy. In so many ways ACORE is at the center of the renewable energy industry. This is reflected in the architecture of ACORE events that facilitate business collaboration and networking among all sectors of the industry and provide unique opportunities to learn about the state of the industry from a wide and inclusive perspective. I've heard tremendous conversations at these events regarding clean technology, investment, policy, and numerous other issues and hope conversations of that caliber reach a larger audience through this Guest Blog.
Submitted By ACORE Member, The Heat is Power Association
There is a largely unheralded fuel that is continuously produced at nearly every energy intensive industrial process in the
What is this mystery fuel? Waste Heat. Recoverable waste heat is produced around the clock in substantial quantities each day. If harnessed to produce power in the US, waste heat could generate as much as 10 GW of emission-free electricity, enough to power 10 million American homes, provide $3 billion in savings for US industry, and spur the creation of 160,000 new American jobs.
By Vice Admiral (Ret.) Dennis McGinn, President, American Council On Renewable Energy
As a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, I know that it’s better to be proactive rather than reactive when making a decision. On the battlefield you cannot wait for 100% certainty to make a decision. The element of risk is always present when making a decision, especially investing into a project, company, or technology. It is how our markets work; how businesses get started and thrive— or fail. And despite due diligence, a few clean tech companies are among the many companies that have failed in this rocky economy. The difference with the failed clean tech companies is that they have been singled out and spotlighted by detractors as “proof” that clean energy is just too risky to invest in. This is far from the truth as financial analysts predict over a trillion dollars will be invested in the global solar industry in the next decade. Companies like Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company have committed $6 billion to U.S. wind energy. Google has invested nearly $1 billion in clean energy. And Goldman Sachs plans to invest $40 billion in renewables over the next decade.
In Tuesday's session on Renewable Energy in Mexico , Miguel Vazquez from the U.S. Commercial Service in Mexico City presented a detailed look at the challenges and opportunities for U.S. businesses wanting to market renewable solutions in Mexico . With its own presidential election looming, Vazquez says that Mexico 's renewable energy policies would likely get a boost, but warned its regulatory framework would continue to be a challenge as American businesses expand across the border.
He said things will likely be compounded by the fact that Mexico 's largest utility, CFE, has a mandate to buy the cheapest energy available. That's a policy decision that helps zero out solar all the way into the year 2026. U.S. companies are also limited in terms of how they can work with CFE, said Vazquez. Today, only power generation projects are considered, not distribution or transmission.