ACORE Releases a State-by-State Report on Renewable Energy

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) released a report on September 14 that compiles data on renewable energy developments, resource potentials, and financial, market, and policy information on a state-by-state basis. The report is intended to be an executive summary of the renewable energy sector in each state.

The state summaries show the wide range of renewable energy development in the United States, ranging from Louisiana, with only 200 kilowatts of grid-connected solar power and production capabilities for 1.5 million gallons of biofuels per year, to California, with 2.7 gigawatts of wind power, 2.6 gigawatts of geothermal power, 1.1 gigawatts of grid-connected solar power, 705 megawatts of biomass power, and production capabilities for nearly 200 million gallons of biofuels per year.

The report also notes the state policies that helped to accomplish that scale of deployment. In California, such policies include a renewable energy requirement; a mandate for utilities to provide grid connections and net metering for solar and wind energy systems; a program to invest $2.17 billion in grid-connected solar power over 10 years; a feed-in tariff for renewable energy systems; and a number of other rebates, tax incentives, and financing programs for renewable energy.

ACORE will provide quarterly updates for the online, interactive report, titled “Renewable Energy in America,” which is available on the ACORE Web site.

Kevin Eber is a senior science writer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In that capacity, he has promoted energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for nearly 20 years.

This article was first published in the U.S. Department of Energy’s EERE Network News and was reprinted with permission.


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I write "high profile" documents for DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), including things like R&D 100 award nominations. From 1999-2010, I was editor of the EERE Network News, a weekly newsletter for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). I did about half of the research and most of the story selection, coding, and publishing of this document. In July 2010, Ernie Tucker took over as editor, and I now serve as backup. The email is sent to more than 40,000 subscribers each week and is also available on a Web page and via an RSS feed. I was also the lead writer on the NREL Research Review 2006 and 2007 and the NREL Annual Report 2009 and helped to blog from the 2007 Solar Decathlon, including both texts and photos. Over the years at NREL, I have worked on a wide range of projects, including editing most of the articles for an edition of Advances in Solar Energy (Volume 7); editing, testing, and reviewing multiple editions of The Sun's Joules CD; writing many, many brochures and fact sheets; and providing a great deal of content for the NREL and EERE Web sites. Among the recent publications that I have authored is "From Biomass to Biofuels: NREL Leads the Way," which was essentially intended to convince the oil industry to work with NREL. I was also involved in the early days of green power certification, and helped to launch a non-profit organization called the Renewable Energy Alliance (REA), which is now defunct. I also helped to build the REA Web site and the first Green-e Web site and helped layout flyers for use in grassroots green power marketing in Colorado. My involvement started in 1995, when I wrote an article on green pricing for Karl Rábago (who was then in charge of DOE's Office of Utility Technologies) and had it published in the September edition of Electrical World.

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