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ACORE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, is dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. ACORE provides a common educational platform for a wide range of interests in the renewable energy community, focusing on technology, finance,

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As an ACORE member, your organization will connect with organizations across all renewable energy sectors including renewable energy industries, associations, utilities, end-users, professional service firms, financial institutions, nonprofit groups, universities and other educational organizations, as well as government

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Renewable Energy 101

What Is Renewable Energy?

What Is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is a term used to describe energy that is derived from resources, like the sun and the wind -- resources that are continually available to some degree or other all over the world. We never run out of them. And their use or capture does not inflict any materi...

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Solar

Solar

Sunlight is earth's most ubiquitous form of energy. It is clean, inexhaustible, and the United States boasts one of the largest solar resources of any industrialized country. In the last decade, both distributed generation (small-scale installations located close to where th...

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Wind

Wind

A wind energy system transforms the kinetic energy of wind into mechanical or electrical energy that can be harnessed for practical use. Mechanical energy, most commonly used for pumping water in rural or remote locations, powers the “farm windmill” still seen in many rural ...

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Biofuel

Biofuel

Biofuels are transportation fuels made from organic materials. These fuels are usually blended with petroleum, but they can also be used in their pure form. Ethanol and biodiesel are the leading forms of biofuel, and, compared to the fossil fuels they replace, are cleaner-bu...

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Biomass

Biomass

Biomass refers a wide range of biological materials used as sources of energy. While wood products are the most common form of biomass power, a host of feedstocks can be used for electricity generation, including a variety of crops, agricultural waste, yard clippings, and ev...

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Geothermal

Geothermal

Geothermal energy systems rely on two basic components: the heat beneath the earth’s crust, and the subterranean waters that the earth’s heat will turn to steam. In most geothermal systems, accessing these components involves drilling as deep as two miles below the surface o...

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Ocean

Ocean

Marine energy technologies harness the natural movement or temperature of bodies of water to produce energy, and include wave, tidal, marine current, and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC). The technical potential for marine energy is very large, though most technologies...

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Hydro

Hydro

Hydroelectric power is the world’s largest producer of renewable energy. Through the conversion of the kinetic energy of flowing water into electricity, hydroelectric power provides a steady and reliable source of renewable energy.The same physics lie behind the design of al...

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Waste

Waste

Waste-to-energy (WTE) is a reliable and renewable process of converting waste materials into electricity. Municipal waste is collected by local authorities from residential, commercial, and public origins, disposed in a central location, processed, and then combusted to prod...

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Waste Heat

Waste Heat

Throughout the United States, an abundant source of emission-free power is being overlooked. This source is waste heat, a byproduct of industrial processes that could reinvigorate American manufacturing, create jobs, lower the cost of energy and reduce overall emissions fro...

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An Oasis in the Desert: Geothermal Energy and the Salton Sea

An Oasis in the Desert: Geothermal Energy and the Salton Sea

29 January 2015

Washed up tilapia carcasses litter the pearly white shoreline. A carelessly placed sign reading “This Park is Closing Due to Budget Cuts” welcomes visitors to the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. It is the worst nightmare of every environmental agency. This i...

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Renewable Industry Wraps Up A Great 2014, But Future Of Tax Incentives Is Murky

Renewable Industry Wraps Up A Great 2014, But Future Of Tax Incentives Is Murky

07 January 2015

Even though the year-end numbers haven’t rolled in yet, there’s no question that 2014 was another banner year for renewable energy. Renewables made up nearly half of all electricity capacity added (http://bit.ly/1wYpryH) in the U.S. last year, and the American...

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ORC Heat Recovery Saves Money for Caribbean Businesses

ORC Heat Recovery Saves Money for Caribbean Businesses

05 January 2015

The demand for electricity in the Caribbean region is satisfied in vast majority with fossil sources (mainly diesel and secondary LNG fuel), which are imported from few countries nearby. The electricity is produced in a large majority by reciprocating engines ...

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The Economic Case for Renewable Energy Tax Policy

The Economic Case for Renewable Energy Tax Policy

09 December 2014

In a recent opinion piece, the longtime stalwart for a more conservative tax code, Grover Norquist, took to the pages of the USA Today to explain why tax ‘extenders’ are good policy (http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/12/02/tax-extenders-grover-norquis...

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Time for American Leadership on Marine/Hydrokinetic Power

Time for American Leadership on Marine/Hydrokinetic Power

06 November 2014

Marine and Hydrokinetic energy (MHK) -- consisting mainly of tidal and wave power -- is a burgeoning energy sector that has experienced typical growing pains like any other technology. While MHK navigates its way through a financing slump similar to those expe...

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The Water Energy Nexus:  The Benefits of Renewable Energy During A Drought

The Water Energy Nexus: The Benefits of Renewable Energy During A Drought

03 November 2014

UPDATE: For a deeper dive into the issues surrounding water and renewable energy in the U.S., please view ACORE intern Sai Weiss's completed research paper (images/uploads/Renewable%20Energy%20Opportunities%20Powering%20Desalination%20-%20Sai%20Weiss%20-%20Fal...

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