President Obama has nominated American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) President and CEO Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn to serve as assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment within the Department of Defense (DoD). The position requires Senate approval.
McGinn is engaged in efforts to highlight the close link between energy, climate and national security. He is a strong advocate for innovative government policy, public and private partnerships, and investments that will promote clean energy growth and innovation. The appointment comes at a time when the DoD is expected to increasingly develop renewable energy technology on or near its bases.
While McGinn's tenure at ACORE was brief, the organization says his contributions were immense.
‘In early 2011, Vice Admiral McGinn took the helm at ACORE to serve as president and CEO,’ says Dan Reicher, co-chair of the ACORE board of directors. ‘He has been an invaluable leader here at ACORE for over two years. His insights about energy, economic and environmental security, especially in the context of national security and energy independence, have greatly strengthened ACORE's leadership in the rapidly growing renewable energy business community.’
As for ACORE, the organization's board is now concentrating on finding a replacement to steer ACORE into the future. Vice Admiral McGinn will continue as president and CEO until the board identifies his successor, notes ACORE.