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ACORE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, is dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. ACORE provides a common educational platform for a wide range of interests in the renewable energy community, focusing on technology, finance,

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As an ACORE member, your organization will connect with organizations across all renewable energy sectors including renewable energy industries, associations, utilities, end-users, professional service firms, financial institutions, nonprofit groups, universities and other educational organizations, as well as government

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Renewable Energy 101

What Is Renewable Energy?

What Is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is a term used to describe energy that is derived from resources, like the sun and the wind -- resources that are continually available to some degree or other all over the world. We never run out of them. And their use or capture does not inflict any materi...

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Solar

Solar

Sunlight is earth's most ubiquitous form of energy. It is clean, inexhaustible, and the United States boasts one of the largest solar resources of any industrialized country. In the last decade, both distributed generation (small-scale installations located close to where th...

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Wind

Wind

A wind energy system transforms the kinetic energy of wind into mechanical or electrical energy that can be harnessed for practical use. Mechanical energy, most commonly used for pumping water in rural or remote locations, powers the “farm windmill” still seen in many rural ...

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Biofuel

Biofuel

Biofuels are transportation fuels made from organic materials. These fuels are usually blended with petroleum, but they can also be used in their pure form. Ethanol and biodiesel are the leading forms of biofuel, and, compared to the fossil fuels they replace, are cleaner-bu...

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Biomass

Biomass

Biomass refers a wide range of biological materials used as sources of energy. While wood products are the most common form of biomass power, a host of feedstocks can be used for electricity generation, including a variety of crops, agricultural waste, yard clippings, and ev...

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Geothermal

Geothermal

Geothermal energy systems rely on two basic components: the heat beneath the earth’s crust, and the subterranean waters that the earth’s heat will turn to steam. In most geothermal systems, accessing these components involves drilling as deep as two miles below the surface o...

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Ocean

Ocean

Marine energy technologies harness the natural movement or temperature of bodies of water to produce energy, and include wave, tidal, marine current, and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC). The technical potential for marine energy is very large, though most technologies...

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Hydro

Hydro

Hydroelectric power is the world’s largest producer of renewable energy. Through the conversion of the kinetic energy of flowing water into electricity, hydroelectric power provides a steady and reliable source of renewable energy.The same physics lie behind the design of al...

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Waste

Waste

Waste-to-energy (WTE) is a reliable and renewable process of converting waste materials into electricity. Municipal waste is collected by local authorities from residential, commercial, and public origins, disposed in a central location, processed, and then combusted to prod...

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Waste Heat

Waste Heat

Throughout the United States, an abundant source of emission-free power is being overlooked. This source is waste heat, a byproduct of industrial processes that could reinvigorate American manufacturing, create jobs, lower the cost of energy and reduce overall emissions fro...

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The Economic Case for Renewable Energy Tax Policy

The Economic Case for Renewable Energy Tax Policy

09 December 2014

In a recent opinion piece, the longtime stalwart for a more conservative tax code, Grover Norquist, took to the pages of the USA Today to explain why tax ‘extenders’ are good policy (http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/12/02/tax-extenders-grover-norquis...

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Time for American Leadership on Marine/Hydrokinetic Power

Time for American Leadership on Marine/Hydrokinetic Power

06 November 2014

Marine and Hydrokinetic energy (MHK) -- consisting mainly of tidal and wave power -- is a burgeoning energy sector that has experienced typical growing pains like any other technology. While MHK navigates its way through a financing slump similar to those expe...

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The Water Energy Nexus:  The Benefits of Renewable Energy During A Drought

The Water Energy Nexus: The Benefits of Renewable Energy During A Drought

03 November 2014

It’s not a stretch to say that clean water is fundamental for our society and economy. We use water for drinking, washing, growing crops, generating electricity, and most of all, for cooling thermoelectric power plants. In fact, 41% of water withdrawn national...

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Climate Change Brings Great Challenges, Greater Economic Opportunity

Climate Change Brings Great Challenges, Greater Economic Opportunity

14 October 2014

Surrounding last month’s climate meetings and demonstrations in New York, we are reminded that we live in a time of monumental challenge. But a scroll through the history books would also show that some of history’s most substantial points of progress have com...

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Renewable Energy -- An Asset Class for the 21st Century

Renewable Energy -- An Asset Class for the 21st Century

29 September 2014

This week, I am speaking at Deloitte’s 2014 Alternative Energy Seminar in Dallas, Texas. I’ve shared my remarks for the event below, and hope you’ll share your thoughts on the matter by chiming in on Twitter. Tag us with @ACORE (https://twitter.com/ACORE) and ...

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Following the Sun From New York to California

Following the Sun From New York to California

25 September 2014

It was like she was performing a winning monologue in a play—impassioned, dynamic, loud and impossible to tune out. Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan now at UC Berkeley “brought down the house” as the keynote speaker at REFF West, ACORE’s annual c...

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