ACORE Announces Phase II of Renewable Energy in America: Market Forecasts and Policy Requirements

Washington, D.C. - The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has called on the entire renewable energy community to set and commit to a vision for growth of renewable energy's share of U.S. energy supply up to 2050 in preparation for its Phase II policy meeting.

Washington, D.C. - The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has called on the entire renewable energy community to set and commit to a vision for growth of renewable energy's share of U.S. energy supply up to 2050 in preparation for its Phase II policy meeting. Renewable energy leaders will set a market share growth target for renewable energy, and identify the conditions and policies needed to achieve those numbers. The 2006 Phase II conference will establish targets and an action plan for both business and policymakers to achieve.


ACORE will convene policymakers, modelers, forecasters and renewable energy advocates at the largest national all-renewables policy forum on Capitol Hill, entitled "Phase II of Renewable Energy in America: Market Forecasts and Policy Requirements", to be held November 29-30, 2006, in Washington, D.C.

Invitations have been extended 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.

Rob Pratt, Chairman of ACORE, stated that, "The future of renewable energy is critical to the economic and national security of America. 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."

"American customers want cost-effective renewable energy. It is imperative that this vibrant industry give them what they want. This conference is the best path to pull the industry together," said Pat Wood, Conference Co-Chair and Chairman of Airtricity's North American Advisory Board.

Phase II will feature governors, members of Congress and staff, administration officials, corporate executives and financiers during the two-day conference on the future of renewable energy in the U.S.

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."

Governor of Wisconsin Jim Doyle spoke in support of Phase II, stating that "We are here at ACORE's Phase II forum to identify ways that we can increase the use of renewable energy sources across the nation, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

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. The policy frameworks needed to implement these forecasts will be presented and debated.

Dan Reicher, Co-Chair of ACORE's Advisory Board and Conference Co-Chair, said, "Renewable energy has so much to contribute in addressing our nation's environmental, economic and security challenges and this conference will help us better define this potential and turn it into reality."

For further details about the forum and registration, and for information about previous years' conferences, please visit: www.acore.org.

Information on sponsorship opportunities is available from Tom Weirich at 202-393-0001 x7582 or email weirich@acore.org.

Supporting organizations for Phase II in 2005: Alliance to Save Energy, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, American Planning Association, American Public Power Association, American Wind Energy Association, California Clean Energy Fund, Center for American Progress, Center for Resource Solutions, Clean Energy Group, Clean Fuels Development Coalition, Community Environmental Council, Consumer Energy Council of America, Electric Power Research Institute, Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Geothermal Energy Association, Global Energy Network Institute, Global Green, Interfaith Environmental Council, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, National Association of State Energy Officials, National Corn Growers Association, National Hydrogen Association, National Hydropower Association, National Rural Electric Co-op Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, New Uses Council/Biomass Coordinating Council, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership, Solar Electric Power Association, Solar Electric Industries Association, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life of Southern California, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Union of Concerned Scientists, World Resources Institute, and Worldwatch Institute.

About ACORE

ACORE, a 501(c)(3) membership nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to bringing renewable energy into the mainstream of the US economy and lifestyle through information and communications programs. ACORE provides a common platform for the wide range of interests in the renewable energy community including renewable energy industries, associations, utilities, end users, professional service firms, financial institutions and government agencies. ACORE serves as a forum through which these parties work together on common interests. Membership information is available at: www.acore.org.

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