ACORE Members in the News
January 27 -- IT WAS not the usual roundup of environmental activists saying the sky is falling. Instead, it was the biggest bankers and insurance companies calling for massive investments in clean energy lest we — and they — pay in massive damages from climate change. >>View Article
January 27 -- Renewable-energy companies will derive more of their funding from bond markets as banks curb lending to the industry, Citigroup Inc. (C)’s head of environmental finance said.
Green-bond sales and initial public offerings will expand after kicking off last year, Michael Eckhart said by telephone. Bonds backing clean-energy and environmental ventures may account for 10 percent to 20 percent of the $7 trillion-a-year market for the securities within a decade, he said. >>View Article
January 27 -- In Raleigh recently, North Carolinians got glimpses into two futures for our state.
One, depicted by Gov. McCrory, is a state where offshore drilling rigs dot our coastline and fracking rigs pock our lands... The other glimpse into our potential future was depicted by President Obama. At a company that makes energy-efficient industrial drives that save money and electricity, President Obama expounded on a future where clean energy and innovation drives our economic growth. He announced a next-generation electronics manufacturing institute at N.C. State that will train the entrepreneurs and energy innovators of tomorrow. Fittingly, the president’s visit to Raleigh came just as North Carolina was ranked No. 2 in the country for solar installations. >>View Article
January 27 -- Last week, ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy) announced their selection of Michael Brower as President and CEO of the organization. Bower had served as interim President and CEO of ACORE since late July and, after a nationwide search, was selected to fill the position permanently. >>View Article
January 24 -- Jobs in North Carolina’s clean tech sector grew by 20 percent in 2013 according to an annual census issued this week by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, a Raleigh trade and lobbying organization. >>View Article
January 24 -- Occasionally a misinformed reader asserts wind turbines produce insignificant electrical output. That's simply untrue.
MGE reports the energy produced by its wind turbines annually. According to reports, its Rosiere Wind Farm in Kewaunee County produced 19,513,000 kilowatt hours in 2011 and 20,279,000 in 2012, the former at an operating cost of 2.11 cents per kilowatt hour. >>View Article
January 24 -- Vieste wants to tackle waste, energy and recycling in one fell swoop.
A new plant being built on an existing landfill in Glendale, Arizona will process about 800 tonnes of waste and generate up to 53 megawatts of energy per day through pyrolytic gasification. >>View Article
January 24 -- We’ve posted a number of stories about the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) activities over the past couple of years. Numerous times, in the comments, people have raised questions about how much IRENA is actually doing to advance renewable energy and whether or not the agency is really useful. I love IRENA, and following a couple of announcements just made at the World Future Energy Summit and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, I had the idea to go ahead and run down a list of several things IRENA is doing that really are making a difference or will soon make a difference. >>View Article
January 23 -- The Renewable Fuel Standard is one of the most successful energy policies ever enacted in the United States, helping to lay the foundation for billions of dollars of private investment in the domestic biofuels industry. The standard has helped generate jobs, revive rural economies, reduce oil imports, lower gasoline prices, reduce air pollution and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Unfortunately, the Journal Sentinel's Editorial Board missed the boat when it called for the repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard. >>View Article