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WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 -- âEURoePhase II of Renewable Energy Policy in America,âEUR the annual national policy conference by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), this year features the global outlook for renewable energy and speeches by Chinese Renewable Industries Association Secretary General Li Junfeng, European Parliament Vice President Mechtild Rothe, and BP Group Vice President for Alternative Energy Katrina Landis.

These and other speakers, in conjunction with the House and Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses, will discuss the outlook for renewable energy in the context of developments occurring around the world. Also slated to joining ACORE November 29 at the Cannon Caucus Room on Capital Hill are:

  • John Cavalier, Vice Chairman, Credit Suisse
  • Charlie Crist, Governor, Florida (invited)
  • Mohammed El-Ashry, Senior Fellow, UN Foundation
  • Guliano Grassi, Chairman, European Biomass Association
  • Andy Karsner, Assistant Secretary of Energy, DOE
  • Michael Liebreich, President, New Energy Finance
  • Adm. Dennis McGinn, national security consultant and retired Navy Vice Admiral
  • Claudia McMurray, Assistant Secretary of State, US Dept of State
  • Wolfgang Palz, Chairman, World Council on Renewable Energy
  • Antonio Pflüger, Head, Energy Technology Collaboration Division, International Energy Agency
  • Janet Sawin, Associate, Worldwatch Institute
  • Oliver Schaefer, Policy Director, European Renewable Energy Council
  • Mark Udall, Representative from Colorado (invited)
  • Vijay Vaithesswaran, Journalist, The Economist
  • Thomas Vilsack, Former Governor, State of Iowa
  • Pat Wood, Former Chairman, FERC
âEURoeWe are pleased and honored to have this tremendous array of leaders of the energy community speaking at the annual Phase II policy forum,âEUR said Michael Eckhart, ACORE President.

Phase I was coined to recognize that the first phase of renewable energy development occurred from 1975-2000 focusing largely on research and development, and that Phase II represents the evolution of technology into commercial applications and the widely anticipated scaling up of the wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, wave/current, biomass and biofuels industries to meet environmental, energy security and economic challenges every nation faces during 2000 to 2025.

This yearâEUR(TM)s Phase II event will focus on the global status and outlook for renewable energy, with particular emphasis on how the U.S. fits into what is rapidly becoming a worldwide phenomenon. âEURoeSecurity of energy supply and climate change are two primary drivers behind the move of many countries towards renewable energy,âEUR said Admiral McGinn.

This yearâEUR(TM)s Conference Co-Chairs are: Dan Reicher, Director, Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, Google.org; Roger Ballentine, President of Green Strategies, Inc.; Hank Habicht, President of Global Energy Technology Foundation and Managing Director at Sail Ventures; Judy Siegel, President, Energy & Security Group; Pat Wood, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Wolfgang Palz, former director of renewable energy programs of the European Commission and well-known author of the White Paper and the Green Paper which led to the formation of EuropeâEUR(TM)s current renewable energy programs.

Phase II will begin with a pre-conference reception on Wednesday, November 28, followed by the one-day conference event and a post-conference reception on Thursday, November 29. Attendance will be limited to just 450 people due to the size of the Cannon Caucus Room. If the Phase II conferences in 2004, 2005 and 2006 are indicators for 2007, it will be a dynamic event in which renewable energy leaders raise the bar on policy considerations, offering a vision of a renewable future and insights into the policy and private sector actions necessary to address challenges posed by a carbon-constrained world. Click here to register.

This yearâEUR(TM)s policy conference also will set the stage for the first-ever, ministerial-level, renewable energy conference in the United States: the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference, WIREC 2008 . âEURoePhase IIâEUR will broaden perspectives on the potential for renewable energy in America by drawing on lessons learned in countries such as China, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy and India. It comes as 25 U.S. states now have mandates to achieve a certain percentage of renewable energy supply within specified time frames.

WIREC 2008 will be co-located in the Washington Convention Center with the Trade Show at WIREC 2008 and numerous Side Events designed to maximize the unparalleled educational and networking opportunities for renewable energy policy leaders, manufacturers, marketers and leaders throughout civil society. Energy, environmental and trade ministers will be encouraged to participate in all facets of the Trade Show.

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