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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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4 Reasons Why the DOE’s Wind Vision Report is Achievable

4 Reasons Why the DOE’s Wind Vision Report is Achievable

09 April 2015

Declaring a set of ambitious goals, the Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its new 35% (http://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/wv_executive_summary_overview_and_key_chapter_findings_final.pdf) by 2050. Wind energy has made great strides in the last ...

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To Stop the Boom-Bust Cycle, States Can Take a Page From the Danish Playbook

To Stop the Boom-Bust Cycle, States Can Take a Page From the Danish Playbook

02 April 2015

Despite its size, one small Scandinavian country is doing big things in regard to its energy policy. Denmark is on track to covering its electricity and heat supply solely with renewable energy (http://www.ens.dk/sites/ens.dk/files/climate-co2/Global-Cooperati...

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When Squashing Consumer Energy Choices, No One Wins

When Squashing Consumer Energy Choices, No One Wins

23 March 2015

Pending legislation in Indiana could suppress consumer freedoms and potentially quash the state’s solar industry. When the Indiana State House committee voted last month on a bill to reform the interaction between utilities and consumers who utilize solar pane...

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Investment Tools Light the Way for a 'Solar Trifecta'

Investment Tools Light the Way for a 'Solar Trifecta'

04 March 2015

Investment is the key to 21st century innovation. It is the catalyst for revolutionary technologies in the renewables field and for the energy industry as a whole. This month, the largest ever utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the U.S. will go o...

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Making U.S. Energy Policy FiT

Making U.S. Energy Policy FiT

23 February 2015

Despite the rapid growth of renewable energy in the United States, pro-renewable policy support in the country is erratic. The industry is plagued by expiring tax credits (http://www.acore.org/acore-blog/item/4200-renewable-industry-wraps-up-a-huge-2014-but-fu...

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As Congress Mulls Keystone XL Pipeline, States Champion Renewables

As Congress Mulls Keystone XL Pipeline, States Champion Renewables

12 February 2015

While the House hones in on its flagship energy issue for the new session, attention on the Keystone XL pipeline (http://www.triplepundit.com/topic/keystone-xl-pipeline/) detracts from a number of other significant developments in our quest toward a more vibra...

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