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Tom Weirich of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Appointed to World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) Committee of Chairpersons

August 8, 2011, Washington, D.C. - " The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) today announced that Tom Weirich, Vice President Membership and Corporate Relations, has been appointed to the World Council for Renewable Energy's Committee of Chairpersons as the 2012 Chairperson for the United States.

"WCRE is pleased to have Tom Weirich join our Committee of Chairpersons, representing the United States. Not only will the WCRE have the benefit of Mr. Weirich's knowledge of renewable energy in America, but the WCRE will be able to strengthen our long-standing connections with the renewable energy community in the United States," said WCRE General Chairman Peter Droege.

ACORE president Admiral Dennis McGinn added, "Energy is a global need. Development of new sources of sustainable energy is a challenge that all regions must face. ACORE appreciates the key role that WCRE plays in facilitating the international sharing of knowledge and best practices to meet our global energy challenge. I'm pleased for ACORE to be part of the important work of the WCRE."

"The shared missions of ACORE and WCRE make my new role at WCRE very clear," said Weirich. "ACORE has long been a voice for renewable energy. We--our members and partner organizations--are keeping a sharp focus on the mission ahead of us, moving forward with critically important work impacting the strategy and creation of a more secure, sustainable and prosperous America with 21st century renewable energy technologies. I am honored to be able to play an important role with WCRE."

Weirich has been with ACORE for over 7 years. He was appointed by Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, to be Vice Chair of the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee in 2010. He has established a leadership role within the U.S. renewable energy industry focusing specifically on the development of programs to expand the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy industry including programs and policies to expand exports of goods and services of hundreds of U.S. companies. Through ACORE, he maintains international relationships with the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The founding of both ACORE and the WCRE in 2001 were linked through the late Dr. Hermann Scheer who was the General Chairman of the WCRE and also a founding member of ACORE. "The World Council for Renewable Energy's mission is to bring renewable energy into the mainstream of world economy and lifestyle," said WCRE Managing Director, Irm Scheer-Pontenagel. "Dr. Scheer's influence shaped ACORE's founding mission statement as well. Our two organizations are dedicated to strengthening the movement for a better sustainable planet, and Mr. Weirich's membership in our Committee of Chairpersons is a boost for our organization."

Weirich will continue in his role at ACORE. His WCRE Committee of Chairpersons' appointment begins August 8, 2011.

About ACORE
ACORE is a membership-based organization dedicated to advancing renewable energy in the U.S. through policy, finance and education. ACORE's membership works in all sectors of renewable energy, including wind power, solar energy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean energy, biomass, biofuels, and waste energy. ACORE provides a common platform for thought leadership through member engagement, conferences, programs, research and communications. ACORE, a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization, is headquartered in Washington, DC. Additional information is available at: http://www.acore.org.

About WCRE
The WCRE is the global voice for Renewable Energy. It operates independently and free of the vested interests of the present global energy system. As a non-profit and non-governmental globally working organization it is focused on developing policies and strategies for Renewable Energy. Its mission is to bring renewable energy into the mainstream of world economy and lifestyle. More information at: http://www.wcre.org.

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