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Committee Will Advise Secretary of Commerce on Trade Competitiveness Issues Facing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries

February 8, 2010 âEUR" Tom Weirich, Vice President, Corporate Relations for the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has been appointed to the Department of CommerceâEUR(TM)s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) as a representative of ACORE.The Committee will advise Commerce Secretary Gary Locke regarding the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. After the first CommitteeâEUR(TM)s meeting this last month, the Committee went on to elect Mr. Weirich Vice Chair.

âEURoeIt is an honor to be appointed as Vice Chair and a great opportunity for ACORE because it will enable us to bring our membersâEUR(TM) innovative approaches, strategies and ideas to the table where they will receive visibility and consideration,âEUR said Weirich. âEURoeI look forward to dedicating my energy towards the goal of achieving true impact in how America transforms its economy to a sustainable, green economy, promoting a new wealth industry that successfully scales up renewable energy, green building and energy efficiency.âEUR

âEURoeI appreciate your willingness to devote time and energy to RE&EEAC and look forward to working with you to advance our common goals,âEUR said Secretary Locke in the letter announcing Mr. WeirichâEUR(TM)s appointment. âEURoeWe will work closely with the Advisory Committee to help achieve President ObamaâEUR(TM)s goal of making the United States a leader in the global green economy,âEUR Secretary Locke said. âEURoeU.S. companies in these critical sectors need to take full advantage of increased export opportunities that will create green jobs for Americans, which are needed to sustain our economic growth.âEUR

The Committee will advise on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, in particular, the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency industries and their ability to develop products, services and technologies, including specific challenges associated with exportation.

Among the CommitteeâEUR(TM)s other considerations will be a focus on trade policy development and negotiations; U.S. Government programs to encourage U.S. producers of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, goods and services to enter foreign markets and enhance the competitiveness of the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry; the effects of domestic policies, regulations, and programs on the competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency companies; and an examination of the policies and practices of foreign governments impacting the export of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency goods, services and technologies.

Committee members represent the entire spectrum of the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, from wind, solar and hydropower to green building, power distribution and energy finance. The list of Committee members is available at http://ita.doc.gov/td/energy.

Mr. WeirichâEUR(TM)s term is effective immediately and will last until July 14, 2012.

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