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September 10, 2003

ACRE Becomes ACORE as Renewable Energy Conferences Approach

The American Council on Renewable Energy announced in mid-August that it will now abbreviate its name as "ACORE" rather than "ACRE," thereby settling a dispute with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which uses the ACRE acronym for its Action Committee for Rural Electrification. With that out of the way, ACORE can now concentrate on its co-sponsorship of the POWER-GEN Renewable Energy conference, to be held in March 2004. That new conference gained momentum in mid-July, when the Sustainable Energy Expo & Conference, originally planned for October, was cancelled. Instead, conference organizers threw their full support over to the POWER-GEN event. See the press releases from ACORE and the Sustainable Energy Expo, as well as the POWER-GEN Renewable Energy Web site.

Other upcoming conferences and events include the eighth annual National Solar Tour, sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). Across the United States, homes, businesses, and public buildings that use solar energy will be open to visitors on October 4th. Last year, more than 26,000 people toured 1,222 solar buildings in 44 states. Tours are organized locally; to find a tour in your area, see the National Solar Tour page on the ASES Web site.

Shortly after the National Solar Tour comes UPEx 2003, to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, from October 7th to the 10th. The annual solar power conference is presented by the Solar Electric Power Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Immediately after, on October 11th and 12th, the first "Hydrogen Education Tour" will take place in Denver, Colorado. Sponsored in part by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the event will feature exhibits and speeches from leaders in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. See the UPEx and Hydrogen Education Tour Web sites.