McGinn leaves renewable energy group ACORE

Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn’s tenure as president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) ended today, following his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment before the August recess.

“Vice Admiral McGinn strengthened ACORE and its mission of building a more secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy,” Board of Directors Co-Chair Dan Adler said. “He’s encouraged bipartisan support for renewable energy and will continue to strengthen the energy posture of our country in his new role at the Department of Defense.”

Prior to his stint with ACORE, McGinn served 35 years in the U.S. Navy as a light-attack naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer and national security strategist. McGinn has also commanded the U.S. Third Fleet, in addition to being named Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs at the Pentagon.

“It’s truly impressive what he’s done in his career of serving our country as a serviceman and a civilian,” Adler said.

McGinn took over ACORE in 2011 after serving on the group’s advisory committee and working in or with several organizations dealing in energy, national security and the environment.

“In my years working at ACORE, I’ve witnessed Admiral McGinn lead this organization to impressive heights,” Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations Tom Weirich said. “During the Admiral’s tenure, he improved the efficacy of ACORE’s work by focusing on key market drivers in our industry through our three initiatives on national defense and security, power generation and infrastructure, and transportation.”

Weirich said McGinn has also been instrumental in changing the way in which power developers communicate with key stakeholders and the public.

“ACORE’s mission continues stronger than ever,” Weirich said.

McGinn will be succeeded by interim CEO Michael Brower.

Brower, the Senior Federal Policy Director of Mosaic Federal Affairs, is a member of both the ACORE Board of Directors and Leadership Council, and also co-chair of the organization’s search committee for a new president and CEO.

McGinn will help oversee the transition.

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