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Renewable Energy Industry Gives Strong Showing at 2016 National Policy Forum

The growing industry looks to the future on policies to unlock market expansion, aid in grid integration and continue to lower carbon emissions, via collaboration with Congress and the federal government

For Immediate Release – March 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The renewable energy industry came together last week to discuss energy, tax and climate policies at the annual National Renewable Energy Policy Forum, hosted by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE). In the wake of a historic tax policy update in 2015, speakers and participants at the Forum predicted a bright future of economic growth, job creation and dramatically increasing renewable power generation.

“It was a hugely productive meeting that included comments from many of our most important champions. Throughout the history of this country, energy policy has always played a critical role in keeping America competitive and driving economic growth – and today is no different,” said Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of ACORE. “The transition to a low carbon economy will be accompanied by new jobs and tremendous economic opportunity.

The American Council On Renewable Energy Praises Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future

Bipartisan group of 17 Governors sign clean energy agreement to secure a prosperous future for the country

For Immediate Release – February 17, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) applauds the bipartisan group of 17 governors that recently signed the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future and for their leadership on renewable energy growth for a prosperous future.

“States are helping catalyze the energy revolution and these governors should be commended for their foresight,” said ACORE President and CEO, Gregory Wetstone. “They have demonstrated that smart and sensible action on energy and climate does not need to be a partisan battle. Cost-competitive renewables can be implemented in smart ways in every state in the nation.”

ACORE Statement on the Supreme Court's Stay of the Clean Power Plan

For Immediate Release – February 9, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Reacting to news of the Supreme Court's decision to stay the EPA's Clean Power Plan, ACORE released the following statement on the decision and expressed hope for a path forward on effective climate regulations under the Clean Air Act:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a major setback to efforts to carry out one of the most important rulemakings in the EPA’s history,” said Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO at the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE). “But this is not the end of the story. Public and private sector momentum behind the shift to lower carbon power generation will continue. There is every reason to anticipate that, in the end, the Court will affirm that the Clean Air Act does indeed provide authority to address the greenhouse emissions that are changing the global climate, consistent with the international consensus reached in Paris barely two months ago.”

The American Council On Renewable Energy Announces 2016 Board Of Directors Election Results

For Immediate Release – January 20, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to announce its 2016 Board of Directors election results: Joseph Desmond, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Government Affairs, Bright Source Energy and Matt Ferguson, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP were reelected to the board. The board also welcomes new members Mona Dajani, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP and Rob Morgan, Chief Strategy Officer, Exec. VP, Business Development, Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES).

ACORE's New Leadership Applauds Tax Deal

Incoming President and CEO Greg Wetstone praises legislation for renewable energy

For Immediate Release – December 16, 2015

Washington D.C. – In response to today's joint tax extenders-omnibus deal, reached in an overwhelming bipartisan manner by both the House and Senate, ACORE's leadership applauded the deal for renewable energy.

“Congress is taking an important step forward with their agreement to extend the tax credits for renewable energy.  The tax package provides critical policy certainty for the solar and wind energy sectors with phase-down schedules that provide vital guidance for business and investment planning,” said Gregory Wetstone, incoming President and CEO at the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE). “This is essential progress, but there is more work to be done in support of other renewable energy technologies whose credits were not extended past 2016.”

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. 

ACORE Applauds New York’s Proposal to Achieve 50 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030

A newly proposed mandate from Governor Cuomo would add to New York’s position as a national leader on renewable energy and climate change

For Immediate Release – November 23, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) applauds Governor Cuomo and the State of New York on plans to advance their goal of generating 50 percent of the state’s power from solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass or other renewable sources in 15 years. As reported today by the New York Times, the Governor’s plans to codify this goal will put New York on the forefront of states cutting carbon while taking advantage of economic gains achieved though the rapidly growing renewables industry.

At REFF-West Private and Public Leaders Explore Future of Renewable Energy Capital Markets as Industry Matures and Evolves

Over 50 speakers and 250 attendees analyze the financing and policy challenges surrounding renewables, storage and the future of energy in the western U.S.

For Immediate Release - November 9, 2015

San Francisco, CA – The 8th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West (REFF-West), the premier renewable energy finance event in the western U.S, gathered energy and finance experts to discuss, debate and share new ideas around the evolving energy industry. Hosted by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Euromoney Seminars, industry leaders from Silicon Valley to Wall Street to Washington, D.C. joined to address a wide range of issues, from explosive growth in corporate renewable energy procurement and energy storage start-ups to renewable energy YieldCo challenges and major uncertainty and change in the utility business model.

ACORE Releases its 2015 Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Western Region Report

The West leads the rest of the country in generation and investment for renewable energy.

For Immediate Release – November 5, 2015

San Francisco, CA – The annual update of the American Council On Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Western Region report was released today at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West (REFF-West) in San Francisco. Fully redesigned for 2015, this report examines state energy policies and programs, investment, and market openness in the renewable energy sector in the thirteen western states (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY).

Media Advisory: REFF-West 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY acore logo small
October 15, 2015

REFF-West Media Contacts:
Kevin Haley, ACORE; (202) 777-7584

Travis Small, Rasky Baerlein; (617) 391-9654


 ACORE’s Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West (REFF-West) to Chart Path for Innovative Financing for Shifting Renewables Market

Exploring subjects including corporate procurement, the water-energy nexus and the yieldco churn, REFF-West brings together industry and government leaders to map the future of renewable energy in the West 

WHAT: REFF-West, the premier renewable energy financing event in the western U.S., will take place November 5th & 6th in San Francisco, CA. California is far and away the trendsetter for the rest of the country in renewable energy development, and this year’s REFF-West will examine a range of new challenges and opportunities as the clean tech industry redefines the energy business across America.

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