RE&EE Advisory Committee Delivers Official Policy Recommendations to Acting Secretary of Commerce as Part of RE&EE Export Initiative; ACORE's Tom Weirich Is Committee Vice Chair
Sept. 16, 2011 - " Today, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) put forward to the Acting Secretary of Commerce, Rebecca Blank, key recommendations vital to ensuring robust growth in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. The Committee was formed to support and drive the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE&EE) Export Initiative's goal of doubling America's renewable energy exports in the next five years, targeting $10 billion in annual export benefits.
"The recommendations are the first set of actions the Committee was able to recommend to ensure robust growth in renewable energy and energy efficiency exports by U.S. companies," noted Karl Gawell, GEA's Executive Director, and Chair of the Advisory Committee.
Recommendations range from the establishment of national level renewable energy export policies, workforce training and professional qualification programs, to calls for a study on factors that may affect the future competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy industries through 2020, and research on benchmarking U.S. government policies and programs affecting RE&EE financing and R&D.
"The Committee's recommendations are dedicated to the goals of achieving true impact in how America transforms its economy, ensuring market development; jobs growth; more stable, long-term financing for the sector; and national level policies that establish binding clean energy targets," said Weirich, Vice President, Corporate Relations for the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), and Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee.
"The United States has the opportunity to be a major player in the global market, and these recommendations are a strategy behind which our industry needs to gather if we want to remain globally competitive," continued Weirich.
To view the complete recommendations, go to: http://export.gov/reee/eg_main_023040.asp.
The Committee was established by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke in November 2010 as part of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative. The Committee's first meeting was in December 2010, and it has held meetings in Washington D.C. and New York since that date to obtain input and prepare its initial recommendations. The Committee will continue its work and is expected to make additional recommendations before the expiration of its Charter in July 2012.
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.