New Renewable Energy Council Invites Leadership to Convene

The American Council for Renewable Energy (ACRE) has invited the leadership of the U.S. Renewable Energy community to convene for a two-day meeting on July 10-11, 2002 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC. The purpose of the meeting is to charter a new national strategy to “take Renewable Energy to the next level” in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 14, 2002 [] “ACRE is unique as a group that covers all forms of Renewable Energy, and brings together the current and future leadership of this community,” said Hank Habicht, co-chair for the conference. Other co-chairs are Dan Reicher, Roger Ballentine, and Judy Siegel. Registrants include individuals from industry, service firms, end users, utilities, green power marketers, associations, government, finance, law, research organizations, foundations, environmental and other nonprofit groups, the media and others. Confirmed speakers include Senator Jeff Bingaman, chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, and David Garman, DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Amory Lovins, CEO (Research) of Rocky Mountain Institute, will give the luncheon keynote speech on July 10. Christopher Flavin, President of Worldwatch Institute, will give the challenge speech on the global context for renewables, with responses from Mohammed El Ashry, President of the Global Environment Facility, and Frank Tugwell, President of Winrock International. A panel of national financial leaders includes top financiers from Credit Suisse First Boston, Merrill Lynch, Nth Power Ventures, Winslow Management, and GE Capital. There will be a session representing each of the renewable energy technologies with talks from the heads of the trade associations and industry leaders from solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal and hydrogen. This will be followed by a market-oriented session, with talks from utility, industrial, military and green power sectors. Setting a framework for real change in national strategy and public policy, the speakers include R. James Woolsey and C. Boyden Gray. Hermann Scheer, leader of the Renewable Energy movement in Europe, will give a vision speech on making the necessary changes. “This is a very big community if you ever put it all together,” said Dan Reicher, a conference co-chair. “In fact, there are several hundred leaders of Renewable Energy organizations in the U.S., and an equal number of emerging leaders. It is long overdue that the leadership come together and create a new, national initiative that can take renewables to a higher level of credibility and results. It is time to put an end to on-again off-again public policy. This is not a conference to miss.”
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