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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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Bonding for Clean Energy Progress

Bonding for Clean Energy Progress

17 April 2014

Mark Muro and Lewis Milford are both senior fellows at the Metropolitan Policy Program (http://www.brookings.edu/about/programs/metro). This post was republished with their permission. The original post is here (http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/the-avenue/posts/...

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"I Heart Renewables" Week

I Heart Renewables Week

16 April 2014

Renewable energy. The very concept itself is undeniably awesome. So awesome, in fact, that sometimes we can’t help but proclaim our love for renewables. Luckily, Earth Day is fast approaching, April 22, so this seems like an appropriate time for us to proclaim...

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Driving Renewable Energy to Meet the Core Defense Mission, Part II

Driving Renewable Energy to Meet the Core Defense Mission, Part II

07 April 2014

This is the second piece of a two part series. The first post is here (http://bit.ly/PiIghT). Sunday Quarterbacking Smart grids are being introduced in certain military installations, such as in Washington, DC and San Diego, CA, but are not yet fully operati...

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Energy Efficiency Was Working in Indiana. So Why Did Indy Politicians Reject It?

Energy Efficiency Was Working in Indiana. So Why Did Indy Politicians Reject It?

04 April 2014

Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence refused to veto a bill that effectively eliminated (http://bit.ly/1mNm4eg) the state’s “Energizing Indiana” energy efficiency program. The governor has expressed an interest in working with the legislature to enact a diff...

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The Outlook for Renewable Energy

The Outlook for Renewable Energy

03 April 2014

Renewable energy has now become a technology of choice for many Americans, accounting for nearly 40% of all new, domestic power capacity installed in 2013. Presently, renewable power capacity exceeds 190 GW, biofuels are responsible for roughly 10% of our nati...

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Driving Renewable Energy to Meet the Core Defense Mission

Driving Renewable Energy to Meet the Core Defense Mission

02 April 2014

Scott Sklar, The Stella Group, LTD This is part one of a two part series. The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) role is to protect our country. Its military installations, forward operating bases, and vehicles all need to be at a higher standard than in the...

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