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American Council on Renewable Energy

Founded in 2001, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is a member-based, 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization that unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.[1]

American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Nonprofit 501(c)3
Key people
Greg Wetstone, President & CEO, Board of Directors,

ACORE's membership spans renewable energy technologies and constituencies, including developers, manufacturers, financial institutions, corporate end-users, grid technology providers, utilities, professional service firms, universities and other non-profit groups.[2] ACORE's work revolves around convening leaders across key constituencies, facilitating partnerships, educating federal and state legislators and agency officials on important policies, publishing research and analysis on pressing issues, and undertaking strategic outreach on the policies and financial structures essential to renewable energy growth. [3]

In 2011, retired Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn was named President and CEO of ACORE. Under McGinn’s leadership, ACORE’s mission was updated to reflect the successes of the industry during ACORE’s first decade. In July, 2013, McGinn was nominated by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment).[4] ACORE's Board of Directors tapped Board Member Michael Brower to fill in as interim President and CEO.[5] In January, 2014, the Board voted for Brower to serve as the organization's full-time President and CEO.[6] Mr. Brower retired in December, 2014 [7] and Dan Reicher, Chairman of the Board of Directors, served as interim President & CEO until Gregory Wetstone was named President and CEO in December 2015. [8]



ACORE has two executive programs:

  • The Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF) is a coalition of senior-level officials with companies that finance, develop, manufacture, and use renewable energy. PREF members focus on increasing capital formation and investment in renewable energy and educating the public sector to ensure that policy impacts the market as efficiently and effectively as possible. [9]
  • The Partnership for Renewable Integration and Market Expansion (PRIME) is an invitation-only leadership program of prominent, multi-technology renewable energy companies, investors and corporate end-users that guide ACORE’s strategic policy agenda. [10]


ACORE organizes three major events each year, as well as an ongoing teleconference series.[11] These include:

  • Renewable Energy Policy Forum: ACORE’s Renewable Energy Policy Forum is a pan-technology renewable energy summit that addresses federal and state policy. It features discussions between industry leaders and key elected officials and offers perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in the renewable energy industry.[12]
  • Renewable Energy Finance Forum- Wall Street: REFF-Wall Street gathers senior investors, industry executives, and other top transactional professionals to assess the state of play for renewable energy finance in the context of policy uncertainty and continued market growth. [13]
  • Renewable Energy Grid Forum: ACORE’s Renewable Energy Grid Forum convenes senior renewable energy executives, experts in the storage and technology sectors, system operators, financiers and corporate purchasers to maximize the use and integration of renewable energy in our nation’s power markets. [14]

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  4. ^ "Obama picks green advocate as Navy energy chief". TheHill. 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  5. ^ "Moniz doesn't take position on nuke waste bill – Shaheen-Portman vote likely not until September - POLITICO Morning Energy". Politico.Com. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  6. ^ "ACORE Names Michael R. Brower Permanent CEO, President". Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  7. ^ "Brower Retirement Statement". Retrieved 2015-06-09.
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