” Senator Cortez Masto has actually been a steadfast champion for Nevadas abundant eco-friendly resources, and the many thousands of tidy energy employees throughout the Silver State,” remarked ACORE President and CEO Gregory Wetstone. “Senator Cortez Masto was especially critical in the development of the Clean Energy for America Act, critical legislation that would upgrade the federal energy tax code to level the playing field for renewable power. To recognize these multi-pronged benefits, the Biden administration has executed a “whole of government” technique to advancing clean energy by passing legislation funding transmission growth, developing the Justice 40 initiative to direct tidy energy financial investment to historically marginalized neighborhoods, and enacting the Weatherized Assistance Program to ensure a durable grid. Panelists highlighted the requirement for equity amongst both users and providers of energy in the type of energy cost savings for customers, access to early-stage clean technologies, and release and circulation of clean power. He expressed confidence that 50 Democratic votes for a tidy energy tax package stay attainable in the coming months, and repeated his calls for technology-neutral incentives as embodied in the Clean Energy for America Act.
By Maheen Ahmad, Elise Caplan, Blake McCarren, Constance Thompson, Daniel Wolf
After 2 long years, ACORE went back to in-person occasions with its 20th Anniversary Gala, Accelerate Member Forum and ACORE Policy Forum at the height of cherry blossom season in the countrys capital
Union Station Presidential Suite
20th Anniversary Gala.
ACORE hosted a Gala on March 23 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the companys starting at the Union Station Presidential Suite. ACORE was honored to present U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) with the Renewable Energy Champion Award.
” Senator Cortez Masto has been a steadfast champion for Nevadas abundant sustainable resources, and the many thousands of clean energy workers across the Silver State,” mentioned ACORE President and CEO Gregory Wetstone. “Senator Cortez Masto was specifically crucial in the advancement of the Clean Energy for America Act, critical legislation that would overhaul the federal energy tax code to level the playing field for eco-friendly power. In this legislation and somewhere else she has promoted essential policies that would modernize our electric grid and promote the release of sustainable tasks on public lands. We anticipate continuing to work with Senator Cortez Masto to speed up the transition to a sustainable energy economy.”
From left to right: U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and ACORE President and CEO Greg Wetstone
Speed Up Member Forum.
On Wednesday, March 23 we hosted our Inaugural Accelerate Member Forum and assembled 23 of our 25 Accelerate Membership Program companies for a day of company industry, advancement and policy briefings and networking sessions. Hosted by Meta, the Forum featured market leaders representing leading renewable resource investors, buyers, policy specialists, marketing pros and industry engagement leaders
Speed Up Member Company Founders and CEOs– Visit acore.org/accelerate to read more about the 2022 Accelerate associate
ACORE Policy Forum.
The ACORE Policy Forum, which happened at the Convene occasion space in Washington, D.C. on March 24, included keynote remarks from U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, National White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Willie Phillips.
The Forum also consisted of interesting panels on the topics of clean energy tax policy, energy justice, sustainable energy supply chains and trade policy, and competitive wholesale electrical energy markets.
Keynote Interview: Administrator Michael Regan, EPA and former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, Covington.
Michael Regan, Administrator of the EPA, attended to Policy Forum attendees during a keynote interview with previous EPA Administrator Carol Browner. Administrator Regan also called on the renewable energy sector to actively take part during the public remark stage of the Agencys rulemaking processes
From delegated right: Former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, National White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator Michael Regan, ACORE President and CEO Greg Wetstone
” Everyone understands that the science is genuine. The information is there. The question is: how do we transition while offering budget-friendly, trusted and tidy energy that keeps this nation in a competitive position,” Administrator Regan said.
Keynote Interview: Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Adviser.
National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy went over the holistic implications of deploying clean energy by emphasizing its environment and human impacts. Clean energy not just mitigates climate modification however likewise reduces customer costs and ensures nationwide security. To understand these multi-pronged benefits, the Biden administration has actually implemented a “whole of federal government” approach to advancing clean energy by passing legislation funding transmission expansion, establishing the Justice 40 effort to direct tidy energy investment to traditionally marginalized neighborhoods, and enacting the Weatherized Assistance Program to ensure a durable grid. McCarthy also guaranteed that the Ukraine crisis would not sidetrack President Biden from advocating for the passage of Build Back Better.
” The President is not going to pull back … rather hes going to double down. Were going to do whatever it requires to get these financial investments over the goal in Congress”, stated McCarthy.
Panel: A Pivotal Moment for Clean Energy Tax.
Panelists revealed optimism around Senate passage of the tidy energy tax bundle and House passage of a climate expense. Speakers stressed that the lack of long-term certainty is injuring the industry and that increasing energy rates due to provide chain issues and the war in Ukraine only increase the sense of urgency around passing a climate expense.
Panel: Advancing Policies for Energy Justice.
Panelists emphasized the requirement for equity among both users and suppliers of energy in the type of energy expense savings for consumers, access to early-stage tidy innovations, and release and circulation of tidy power. In the way of solutions, panelists specified that the federal Justice 40 initiative and the programs screening tool offer a great policy environment for attaining energy justice goals.
Panel: Strengthening Renewable Energy Supply Chains Through Trade and Regulatory Policy.
As trade and regulative propositions threaten to slow clean energy implementation and hinder the Biden administrations decarbonization goals, panelists laid out the risks associated with our dependence on foreign imports to power our transition to clean energy and identified the economic and nationwide security benefits of onshoring our renewable resource supply chain. Panelists concurred that public financial investments can efficiently spur domestic production while tariffs have actually typically been harmful.
Panelists laid out the challenges of reinforcing renewable energy supply chains, including threats related to onboarding new providers, uncertainty related to policy and allowing, and global competition. Panelists noted that the market is striving to gather information on supply chain links and increase awareness of cybersecurity dangers
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
Keynote Interview: Senator Ron Wyden.
Forum participants also heard a virtual keynote from Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Chairman Wyden started his talk by characterizing the transition away from nonrenewable fuel sources as the finest means to minimize the impact of foreign autocrats. He revealed self-confidence that 50 Democratic elect a clean energy tax package remain possible in the coming months, and reiterated his require technology-neutral incentives as embodied in the Clean Energy for America Act. He revealed assistance for maintaining key aspects of the tidy energy tax platform gone by the House as part of the Build Back Better Act, including brand-new credits for storage and high-voltage transmission, along with the direct pay program, which he said he would “go to the mat for.” The Senator likewise indicated he was conscious of issues that elements of the OECD Tier 2 program could successfully devalue renewable credits and expressed determination to work with ACORE to make sure that sustainable credits are protected in any future reconciliation package.
Keynote Remarks: FERC Commissioner Willie Phillips
FERC Commissioner Willie Phillips
Commissioner Willie Phillips from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) offered his very first public speech considering that starting his term. His remarks dealt with several concerns of terrific importance to ACORE and our members, especially the crucial need to broaden the transmission system to both provide renewable resources and enhance reliability and durability. The Commissioner likewise worried the need for affiliation reforms and greater use of grid-enhancing technologies. In addition, he discussed the midpoint of ecological justice and the requirement to ensure that disadvantaged neighborhoods benefit from the clean energy shift.
Panel: Advancing Competitive Wholesale Electricity Markets.
Panelists talked about the importance of transmission and the need for interconnection reforms, interregional transmission and transmission for overseas wind. In addition, speakers talked about the need to adapt energy and supplementary services markets to accommodate the growth of sustainable resources, application of Order 2222 concerning distributed energy resource involvement in the markets, the advantages of Regional Transmission Organizations, and the advancement of tidy energy procurement policies for states and other purchasers.
On behalf of the ACORE team, thank you to all who had the ability to attend the ACORE Policy Forum and Gala, specifically our sponsors for assisting make the occasions possible: