Statement by Greg Wetstone, ACORE President and Chief Executive Officer
WASHINGTON, March 28, 2017 – “There is no denying that long-term investment in the nation’s renewable energy infrastructure would have benefited from Clean Power Plan’s 2030 objectives. The near-term reality, however, is that today’s executive order is unlikely to impact the booming growth in the nation’s renewable energy sector.
Public Officials and Industry Leaders Examine Challenges and Opportunities
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 – A diverse mix of elected leaders, senior congressional staffers, industry executives, investors and renewable energy advocates convened at the National Renewable Energy Policy Forum to discuss the most significant policy and finance issues facing the renewable energy industry in the context of a new political alignment.
The annual conference, hosted by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) featured a broad range of speakers who provided expert insights on the potential impacts of tax reform legislation on renewable energy growth, new measures to promote infrastructure investment, regulatory changes and shifts in state electricity markets.
Amazon, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Google Awarded for Renewable Energy Innovation and Industry Impact
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2017 – The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a national non-profit organization dedicated to leading the transition to a renewable energy economy, celebrated its fifteen year anniversary by hosting a gala event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C.
The evening celebration brought together a diverse group of leaders in the renewable energy industry, along with public officials and longtime supporters, to highlight ACORE’s many achievements and the dramatic growth in the sector throughout the years. The gala also provided an opportunity to honor three unique organizations – Amazon, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Google – for their tremendous contributions to the development and innovation of the renewable energy industry.
Future of Renewables in Focus at Annual ACORE Policy Forum
Industry leaders, elected officials to discuss impact of new political, policy agendas on sector
Washington, DC – On March 16, executives from across the renewable energy sector will join bipartisan elected officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in a new national policy landscape.
This year’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum will explore how new leadership at the federal and state levels coupled with new agendas on energy deployment, tax reform, regulatory processes and infrastructure investment might affect the renewables sector – and will develop strategies to further accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.
National business groups, citing government statistics, say jobs providing cleaner energy options equal those in retail stores, twice those in building construction
For Immediate Release – February 22, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, national business groups representing the range and breadth of clean energy companies in the United States cheered government statistics showing their industries support more than 3 million American jobs – equal to the employment of retail stores across the country, and twice as many jobs as involved in construction of buildings. This is based on 2016 data recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in its second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report.
Maryland Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto, Approving Expansion of the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard
For Immediate Release – February 3, 2017
Washington, D.C. – The Maryland Senate, following similar action by the House earlier this week, voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation to increase the use of renewable energy in the state. The Clean Energy Jobs Act (SB 921), which raises the state’s renewable portfolio standards (RPS) by 5% to 25% renewable energy power generation by 2020, passed with overwhelming support (88-51) from lawmakers.
Google Purchases Enough Renewable Energy To Match Its Global Operations in 2017
For Immediate Release – December 6, 2016
Washington, D.C.—The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) applauds Google on today’s announcement that the company will reach its goal of powering its global operations – including data centers and offices - with 100% renewable energy in 2017.
“I am delighted to celebrate this huge milestone with one of ACORE’s leading member companies,” said Gregory Wetstone, ACORE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Google has been committed to large-scale, long-term renewable energy contracts for many years – and its paying off. This impressive early achievement of Google’s 100% renewable energy goal is a definitive demonstration that renewable energy is cost-effective and readily available at scale today.” A key factor in such a rapid progress is that the cost of wind and solar technologies have decreased by 60 percent and 80 percent, respectively, over the last six years. As a result, renewable energy projects have delivered increasingly affordable and reliable power across the globe.
Senior executives from energy, finance sectors to assume leadership role at renewables organization
For Immediate Release – November 15, 2016
Washington, D.C. — The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced the election of five new members to its Board of Directors. The newly elected members include major players from the financial, renewable energy industries, and are a significant addition to ACORE’s already outstanding Board.
“I am gratified to have such a stellar new Board class,” said Greg Wetstone, ACORE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “That such an impressive group is willing to serve, speaks well for ACORE, and also for the promise of the renewable energy sector. Our challenge now is to deliver at a level worthy of our exceptional Board, as ACORE works to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.”
Statement of Gregory Wetstone, President & CEO, American Council On Renewable Energy
For Immediate Release – November 9, 2016
Washington, D.C. – "The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) stands ready to work with the Trump Administration and Congress to keep America's renewable energy industry strong. With hundreds of thousands of American jobs, and U.S. investment levels over $44 billion last year, the renewable energy industry is a crucial part of our country’s economy and a mainstream source of affordable electricity for millions of Americans. Working with our members, including many of the nation’s leading companies and energy industry investors, ACORE will actively engage the new Administration and Congress to ensure that Americans have increasing opportunities to save, work, and prosper through renewable power."
New research on storage, PPAs released as Paris Agreement to enter into force.
For Immediate Release – November 1, 2016
San Francisco, CA – Today leaders on renewable energy, including investors and corporate consumers, gathered at ACORE Finance West in San Francisco to help accelerate policies and investments that boost renewable energy in the Western U.S. New research was also released on energy storage and power purchase agreements with a focus on the Western U.S.’s renewable energy markets.
Senior executives from leading companies like NIKE, Google, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup joined California's energy regulators in a discussion of the top priorities for accelerating renewable energy development in the West, amid economic and political uncertainty. The discussion was particularly timely, with the Paris Agreement on climate change expected to enter into force later this week.