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RELACCX: Renewable Energy Industry Leaders Hold Bright Outlook for Latin American and Caribbean Markets

Speakers and attendees discuss potential for the LAC regions and highlight opportunities in distributed generation, cost-reducing renewables

For Immediate Release – November 25, 2014

Fajardo, Puerto Rico – At the inaugural Renewable Energy Latin American and Caribbean Conference and Exhibition (RELACCX), hosted by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), industry leaders from the United States and countries across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) convened to discuss financing and deployment trends for renewable energy in the region. Experts representing private sector business, governments and non-governmental organizations provided insights to over 200 delegates on matters surrounding technology and financing progressions uniquely related to the energy challenges and opportunities facing the LAC regions.

ACORE Comments on USEPA's Announcement Regarding the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations

For Immediate Release – November 21, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced it will not finalize the 2014 renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this year. Instead, USEPA intends “to take action on the 2014 standards rule in 2015 prior to or in conjunction with action on the 2015 standards rule.” Under statute, the final 2014 RVO was required to be issued on November 14, 2013, which for the first time rolled back the volumes of renewable fuel, below the statutory mandate and U.S. production capability.

ACORE Discusses Lessons Learned from Renewable Energy Scale-Up in the U.S. and Europe

For Immediate Release—November 13, 2014

Washington, D.C. — The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) convened at the German Embassy in Washington on Thursday to obtain insight on the significant scale-up of renewables in both Europe and the U.S. By gathering key experts and thought leaders in the American and European markets, the day-long discussion aimed to educate and promote best practices in renewable integration while ensuring optimal performance and reliability of the electric grid.

“There has been a major boom in renewable energy development across the Atlantic, especially in the last five years,” said ACORE President and CEO, Michael Brower. “What we’ve tried to foster today is an open discussion between industry experts from both continents in order to promote efficiency in how we handle the scale-up of renewable energy deployment. We put a lot of brainpower and experience in the room, and the hope is to teach each other successful practices to integrate the influx of renewables to the existing energy infrastructure.”

In conjunction with the event, ACORE published a member-authored, ACORE-guided market review. The report, Renewable Energy at Scale in the U.S. and Europe: Lessons Learned and Best Practices, contains a series of white papers that examine and compare market structures in Europe and the U.S., provide insight on Germany’s Energiewende (energy transition policy) and U.S. energy policy, and propose market and technological solutions to further improve deployment.

ACORE’s Chief Researcher and Program Manager explained: “Many U.S. states and European nations are already surpassing their renewable energy targets. A combination of private investment and ingenuity has helped drive cost reductions and technology improvements, which have led to significant increases in renewables on both continents. There are, of course, a number of ways government entities can safely ensure this continued scale-up.”

Speaking specifically on policy, the Germany Embassy added detail to the report on the German experience.

“We’ve learned a lot in recent years about how policy can spur growth in renewable energy,” said Michael Weber, who wrote on Germany’s Energiewende. “In Germany’s example, a mix of policy and financial tools has greatly aided our renewable energy portfolio in more than quadrupling since 2000. And even though our policy mechanisms differ from other nations, there are certainly some lessons we can share with other states looking for similar growth.”

Thursday’s meeting was broken into three distinct panel discussions using ACORE’s joint report as a focal point. The expert coalition of panelists discussed: policy and regulatory considerations for driving renewable energy scale-up; grid integration strategies to advance infrastructure and innovation; and financial and market considerations in modernizing power delivery.

A group of government and prominent private organizations authored the articles in the review: the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs Office, IBM, Energy Future Coalition, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

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ACORE Praises APEC Commitment to Double Renewables Worldwide by 2030

For Immediate Release – November 11, 2014

Washington, D.C. – U.S. renewable power industries hailed the goal announced overnight at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing of doubling renewable energy in the 21 member economies by 2030, and said they are ready to do their part. This follows last year’s commitment to encourage technology transfer, and joint efforts to lower costs and attract investment.

“The commitment by APEC to double its renewable energy targets sends a strong signal to markets that cover over 40% of the world’s population, 44% of global trade and more than half of the world’s GDP,” said Michael Brower, President and CEO of the American Council On Renewable Energy. “The range of technologies available today to provide low carbon, low cost and locally-sourced energy is impressive. The world must take collective action to limit damage from climate change and renewable energy can solve this challenge while also offering economic growth.”

The Verizon Foundation Teams Up with Lockheed Martin and ACORE to Accelerate Student Opportunities in Clean Energy Careers

For Immediate Release  November 10, 2014 

Washington, D.C. – The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to announce that the Verizon Foundation is providing $20,000 for programmatic support for the USA Finish First Fellowship (F3) program, which will connect undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields with career opportunities in renewable energy.

ACORE Applauds Newly Announced Investments from the New York Green Bank

For Immediate Release – October 23, 2014

Washington, D.C. – ACORE congratulates Governor Cuomo, the Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York, Richard Kauffman, and the President of the NY Green Bank, Alfred Griffin, on the recent announcement of NY Green Bank’s first transactions to support renewable energy in New York State. ACORE applauds this important first step towards a cleaner, more affordable and more secure state energy portfolio.

New ACORE Report on Monetizing U.S. Energy Security

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C., October 21, 2014 — Today, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released a new report that highlights the need for the U.S. military to assign a dollar value to energy security. The final white paper, Monetizing Energy Security, outlines liabilities fostered by the natural dependence of the Department of Defense (DOD) on energy resources, and suggests that DOD should closely consider the actual, all-in cost of energy to make its energy system more resilient, efficient, and secure.

ACORE Holds Final Piece of its International Roundtable Series—The Opportunity of Small Island States in the Caribbean

Washington, D.C., October 16, 2014 — The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) held the third and final roundtable breakfast with Latin American & Caribbean (LAC) stakeholders on Thursday, October 16th. The final installment of the series merged financiers from the private sector and policy experts from the public sector to conduct an open discussion on the promising climate for renewables in the Caribbean Islands.

ACORE Announces Susan Nickey Appointment to Board of Advisors

Washington, D.C., September 26, 2014—The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Susan Nickey to the ACORE board of advisors on September 18, 2014.

Ms. Nickey has over 25 years of executive leadership in the energy and finance sectors with a focus in the renewables industry. Ms. Nickey is a consultant and advisor to companies focused on renewable energy investments and clean energy technology innovations. She has focused her efforts on proving that creative solutions and innovation can make the production of clean energy more profitable, competitive, affordable and mainstream. Most recently, she founded and served as CEO of Threshold Power.

REFF-West: Industry Leaders Explore Emerging Technology and Financing Trends Shaping the Dynamic Renewable Energy Sector

Speakers and attendees discuss the future of the utility business model and spotlight innovations in distributed generation, clean technologies and transportation

San Francisco, CA – September 17, 2014 – At the 7th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West (REFF-West), hosted by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Euromoney Energy Events (EEE), industry leaders from Silicon Valley and Wall Street gathered to highlight financing trends for renewable energy with a focus on one of the hottest regions for clean tech in the world – the Western U.S.  More than 60 experts representing both the public and private sectors engaged over 300 delegates around the technology and financing advancements that are driving dramatic changes in the utility sector, transportation system, and how consumers will manage their energy usage.

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