ACORE Addresses the Future of Renewable Energy in the U.S.

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has called on the entire renewable energy community to set and commit to a vision for growth in renewable energy’s share of U.S. energy supply up to 2050 — in preparation for its 2006 Phase II policy meeting. The two-day conference, to be held November 29-30, 2006, in Washington, DC, will establish market-share growth targets and an action plan for both business and policymakers.

Phase II will feature governors, members of Congress and staff, administration officials, corporate executives and financiers “Phase II of Renewable Energy in America: Market Forecasts and Policy Requirements” will convene policymakers, modelers, forecasters and renewable energy advocates at the largest national all-renewables policy forum on Capitol Hill. ACORE extended invitations to major trade associations, government agencies, research institutions and environmental groups to present their vision of how much renewable energy will contribute to U.S. energy supply between 2006 and 2050. “The future of renewable energy is critical to the economic and national security of America,” said Rob Pratt, Chairman of ACORE. “ACORE will convene the renewable energy community to work towards taking the industry from the R&D days of Phase I to an established and coherent vision for the future under Phase II.” Last year’s Phase II forum met with unprecedented interest from state governors, members of Congress, renewable energy organizations and other leaders, who helped define the national security imperative for renewable energy, and focused attention on renewables as a growing and economically strong alternative to imported oil. The 2005 Phase II conference received strong support from the Bush Administration, with Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns noting, “USDA has moved to Phase II, building on many of the technologies that have come out of Phase I … the Bush Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are now very supportive of renewable energy.” Further support came in the past year from the Honorable Gale Norton, Former Secretary of the Interior, who stated, “We are pleased to join ACORE in a discussion of how we can work together to meet the objectives of the recently passed Energy Policy Act to diversity and add to our nation’s energy supply by producing clean, affordable renewable energy.” This year’s Phase II conference, the third in the series, will build on this support, focusing on the future of renewable energy in America. Scenarios and forecasts of how much renewable energy will contribute to U.S. energy supplies in the future — by 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040 and 2050 — will be the aim of the 2006 forum.

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