Australia, US clean energy bodies announce partnership

19 Mar 2013

Australia’s Clean Energy Council (CEC) and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) have partnered to advance the use of research in and information sharing on clean energy in Australia and the United States.

The partnership aims to share expertise and information on policy, finance and other market drivers for the benefit of both markets.

 “This new partnership between Australia and the US demonstrates both the global significance of the Australian renewable energy industry and the strategic importance of the relationship between the two countries,” CEC Chief Executive David Green said.

“This agreement to collaborate and share information with our US colleagues is evidence of the CEC’s national leadership in clean energy policy development, and we look forward to the opportunities this partnership will unlock for the clean energy industry in both countries,” he said.

Australia’s investment in renewable energy grew 40 per cent in 2012 to $6.2 billion. In the US, the capacity to generate renewable energy nearly doubled to 85.7 gigawatts over the four years to 2012.

“Considering the growing success of clean energy in both the United States and Australia, our nations will greatly benefit from a strong collaboration on how to improve the policies and finance mechanisms that bring sustainable energy technologies to scale,” said Admiral Dennis McGinn, ACORE President and Chief Executive.

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and legal firm Baker & McKenzie have partnered with ACORE in a week of clean energy leadership roundtables recently in Australia. The roundtables, a series of meetings organised by Austrade and Baker & McKenzie, connected US financiers, developers and manufacturers, including Citigroup, IBM and Lockheed Martin, with key Australian corporations, industry experts and government contacts. A session with Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson concluded the week.

The Clean Energy Council is Australia’s peak body for renewable energy and energy efficiency. It represents more than 550 companies in the sector.

The American Council on Renewable Energy is the US industry body for the sector. It aims to expand the use of renewable energy through finance, policy, technology and market development.  In 2013, its member focus is on national defence and security; power generation and infrastructure; and transportation.