RE Association Clarifies Acronym

August 14, 2003 [] The American Council for Renewable Energy, which was formerly identified by the acronym “ACRE”, has resolved their ongoing dispute over the “ACRE” acronym with The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE). On September 17, 2002, NRECA and ACRE filed suit against the American Council for Renewable Energy alleging that it had infringed the “ACRE” trademark of the Action Committee for Rural Electrification, which the American Council denied. The parties have agreed to end the suit with the entry of a Consent Judgment and Permanent Injunction, and the American Council has agreed not to use “ACRE” as its acronym. The American Council has changed its full name to “American Council On Renewable Energy” and its short name to “ACORE.” Michael Eckhart, Chairman of ACORE, said that with a goal of bringing renewable energy into the mainstream of America and recognizing the key role that the rural electric cooperatives play in that future, his organization is pleased to have this dispute resolved, and that they look forward to working with NRECA and the co-ops on matters of mutual interest.
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