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Linda DaCosta
American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
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Thomas L. Friedman to Deliver Keynote at ACORE's 2008 National Renewable Enery Policy Conference on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC- November 25, 2008 âEUR" The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced today that renewable energy experts from across the nation will converge on Capitol Hill, December 4 in Washington DC, for the day long Phase II Policy Forum on Renewable Energy in America to make policy recommendations for the incoming Administration and Congress, including an illuminating discussion of how to finance industry growth in the midst of economic turmoil. Former Senator Tom Daschle, Iowa Governor Chet Culver and Thomas L. Friedman, foreign affairs columnist at the Times and best selling author of âEURoeThe World is FlatâEUR and the newly released âEURoeHot, Flat and CrowdedâEUR will deliver the keynote addresses in the historic Cannon Caucus Room

Phase II of Renewable Energy in America National Policy Forum was first held in 2002. The goal of the conference is to convey the contribution of renewable energy to the nation's energy needs by bringing together high-level speakers to discuss the energy policy issues concerning the national scale-up of renewable energy to a substantial share of U.S energy supply, energy efficiency, sustainable development, the environment and related fields.

âEURoeThe renewable energy industry continues to offer solutions on energy, environment and climate,âEUR said Michael Eckhart, President, ACORE. âEURoeBut we also have a role to play now in getting our nationâEUR(TM)s economy back on track through the immediate employment impact of green jobs. We can provide the Obama Administration with an energy, climate, and economic policy framework.âEUR

Conference sessions will cover a wide range of energy policy initiatives including; "Policy for Transportation Fuels"; "Policy for Electric Power"; "Financing the Renewable Energy Scale-up"; "Policy Advice for the Next President and Congress". Additional notable speakers will include, in part:

  • Former Senator Tom Daschle, (D-South Dakota) and newly appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Governor Chet Culver of Iowa
  • Dan Reicher, Director Climate Change and Environmental Initiatives,, Co-Chair, ACORE Board of Directors
  • Jim Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence and Venture Partner, Vantage Point Ventures
  • John Cavalier, Managing Partner, Hudson Capital
  • Pat Wood, Principal, Wood3 Resources LLC, and former FERC Chairman

ACORE has designated âEURoePhase IIâEUR to be the period from 2000 to 2025, when the focus will be on putting the new technologies to use. It continues now with a stronger and more clear federal commitment. Phase II policies began at the state level with the passage of Renewable Portfolio Standards and economic incentives. There is a pressing need for federal policy stability so that companies have a reasoned basis for making long-term investments in factories and the financial community can have reasonable confidence making investments in new projects.

This yearâEUR(TM)s conference will be webcast in its entirety courtesy of Verizon Communications, an ACORE member, via broadband service and available on ACOREâEUR(TM)s website, starting at 8:30am, December 4th.


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