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Obama's Clean Power Plan May Be on Hold, Coal's Fate Is Not

February 10 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision putting on hold President Barack Obama’s most aggressive plan to curb power-plant emissions won’t save coal from a shrinking market, or stop some states and utilities from moving forward with their own measures. >>View Article


A Renewables Revolution Is Toppling the Dominance of Fossil Fuels in U.S. Power

February 4, 2016

Renewable energy was the biggest source of new power added to U.S. electricity grids last year as falling prices and government incentives made wind and solar increasingly viable alternatives to fossil fuels.

Developers installed 16 gigawatts of clean energy in 2015, or 68 percent of all new capacity, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook released Thursday with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. That was the second straight year that clean power eclipsed fossil fuels. The biggest growth came from wind farms, with 8.5 gigawatts of new turbines installed as developers sought to take advantage of a federal tax credit that was due to expire at the end of 2016; Congress extended it in December. >>View Article


Gregory Wetstone to be New President and CEO at the American Council On Renewable Energy

Brings long history of leadership promoting renewable energy

For Immediate Release – December 14, 2015

Washington D.C. – The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously selected Gregory Wetstone to become the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. “Greg’s experience, vision and history of leadership promoting renewable energy equip him well to take ACORE to new levels,” commented Dan Reicher, chairman of ACORE’s Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance at Stanford University. 

Big Oil, Make Way for Big Solar. The Winners and Losers in Paris

December 14-- Saving the world isn’t going to be cheap. If you sell oil, coal or old-fashioned cars, that threatens disaster. For makers of stuff like solar panels, high-tech home insulation, and efficient lighting, it’s a potential miracle.

That’s the bottom line from this weekend’s climate deal in Paris, which commits 195 countries to reducing pollution in order to head off dangerous climate change.

Global governments and companies are counting the costs and benefits from the agreement, which calls for wholesale transformations of energy, transportation, and dozens of other lines of business. Fossil-fuel producers and countries that depend on them face massive, costly disruption. Players in up-and-coming industries like renewable power and energy efficiency are looking at an unprecedented opportunity. >>View Article 

Howard A. Learner: Clean Power Plan Makes Good Economic Sense for Illinois

December 14 -- Illinois is an economic winner under the new Clean Power Plan because of our state's robust clean wind power, solar energy and energy efficiency resources and nuclear plants. The Clean Power Plans sets flexible standards for Illinois and other states to reduce carbon pollution.

Building new wind farms in central Illinois creates jobs, boosts property tax revenues for schools and local governments, and provides new income for farmers who can continue to grow corn and soybeans while gaining wind turbine lease payments. Wind power produces clean energy that grows Illinois' economy while reducing pollution for everyone. >>View Article 

Renewable Energy Set to 'Far Exceed' Current Levels: Moniz

December 14 -- Oil, coal and natural gas have powered the U.S. energy demand for generations. Yet now that the U.N. Climate Change Conference appears to have set a landmark agreement, can clean energy replace carbon-intensive sources going forward?

On Saturday, officials from 195 countries in Paris unveiled what France's Foreign Minister called an 'historic' agreement to curb carbon emissions. The deal—a culmination of 2 weeks of marathon talks—still requires the approval of delegates from around the world. In an interview with CNBC this week, one top U.S. official hailed the talks as a major achievement.

"We recognize fossil fuels will continue to be a part of the portfolio for quite a long time," U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told CNBC's "On the Money" in an interview. Moniz, who was in Paris recently for climate talks, said he is seeing progress and a "strong commitment" to reduce carbon emissions.

"Almost every country in the world...declared their targets to cut down on (greenhouse gas) emissions, pretty substantially." >>View Article 

Anti-Wind Power Groups Full of Hot Air

December 14 -- The wind industry’s growth is an American success story, and should be celebrated.

Unfortunately, fossil fuel-funded special interest groups like Americans for Prosperity are working to mislead the public and elected officials regarding the wind industry. In a recent column in The Hill, Americans for Prosperity claimed the wind industry is relying on backroom deals and that the Production Tax Credit (PTC) has provided little in return on investment for taxpayers.

The wind PTC and solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) have fueled a new American energy industry, with which AFP’s fossil fuel beneficiaries do not want to compete. Instead, the fossil fuel industry funds front groups to push their political goals – groups like AFP, which we have documented extensively in our report “Attacks on Renewable Energy Policies.” >>View Article 

The Paris Deal Could Mean The Redemption Of Big Business

December 14 -- It could be a tale of redemption.

The historic climate deal announced in Paris on Saturday provides big businesses -- long the villains when it comes to any environmental progress -- with the economic incentive to transform their operations to be completely powered by clean, renewable energy. The 31-page treaty calls for ambitious pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, commitments that are slated to be reevaluated and strengthened in five years. That means the transition to an economy powered by solar, wind and other renewable energy sources can’t happen gradually. 

It needs to happen fast. And it’s going to be expensive.>>View Article 

IKEA to Buy 1-2 Wind Farms to Boost Renewable Energy Output

December 11 -- IKEA Group, the world's biggest furniture retailer, will buy at least one or two wind farms in its current fiscal year as it aims to reach by 2020 a target to produce, from renewable sources, as much electricity as it consumes.

IKEA's sustainability chief Steve Howard said on Thursday he was hopeful the budget furniture firm would before 2020 already produce as much renewable energy as consumed by its stores, distribution centres and own factories.

"We will definitely buy one or two wind farms this year, more if the opportunity arises," he said in an interview. >>View Article 

Opinion: Sen. Kirk Was Right to Stand Up for Clean Power Plan

December 11 -- Recently, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., voted against dismantling America’s Clean Power Plan. This vote is in line with the continuous support he’s also shown in protecting the Great Lakes. As a constituent of the senator, a resident of Illinois and a mother of young children, I want to thank him for his support on issues that have such a direct impact on our air quality and children’s health. >>View Article 

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