President and CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Michael R. Brower was unanimously elected to be the third permanent President and CEO of ACORE by the Board of Directors on December 19, 2013. A former ACORE Board member, Mr. Brower has decades of experience in renewable energy policy, project development, finance, and market development. He now leads the organization for implementation of the Board of Directors-ratified strategic plan, directing ACORE’s operational policy and practice; as well as, internal and external relations including financial matters and industry-wide coordination, communications and cooperation. Mr. Brower helped craft the first ever Energy Title (IX) in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, and played a direct role shaping biomass definitions and tax components in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Infrastructure and Security Act of 2007, and the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. Additionally, he was involved in helping enact the Section 1603 Cash Grants In Lieu of Tax Credits language in the American Recovery and Relief Act of 2008, and the inclusion eligibility for biomass and geothermal technologies for Investment Tax Credits in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.