Up Front: The IREC Blog

The Micro Movement – Filling Big Shoes

When spring finally settled on New England earlier this year, I joined friends in a round of beer from a local micro-brewery. The pale ale with citrus and malt undertones was delicious and promised hints of summer. When the dog days of August hit, I devoured a honey-lavender ice cream cone at a local micro-creamery. Another gourmet delectable from a micro enterprise. Back at my desk, I follow the progress that micro grids have realized building resilient electric power infrastructures with clean energy distributed resources.

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Yes, Virginia, Weatherization DOES Work!

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released preliminary findings from a peer-reviewed study about the efficacy of DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This multi-year study has long been in the works, but the initial release is in response to a June 2015 working paper from academics with the E2e Project, which erroneously posited that the federal WAP and other energy efficiency programs are not good investments.

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It’s Never Too Late!

Our supporters recognize the value of IREC’s unique work in the nation’s regulatory arenas and in quality workforce development. And they’re proud to sponsor our 3iAwards recognizing Innovation, Ingenuity and Insight. It isn’t too late to join them!

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Once a Mentor Always a Mentor!

In many ways, the attributes associated with raising a family are quite applicable to the SITN – with IREC as national administrator and the relationships between the Regional Training Providers (RTPs) and their partner institutions and instructor trainees. Today, solar programs all across the country are thriving and providing the industry with a talent pipeline.

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Valuing Customer-Sited Solar and Storage: is adding batteries worth it?

The concept of adding batteries alongside a utility customer’s solar array intrigues utility customers, solar developers and utility planners on several levels, but the underlying question for everyone is whether adding batteries is “worth it.”

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Competency as a Common Language

IREC and other leading thinkers in workforce and academic credentialing are re-shaping the U.S. credentialing framework to focus on and more clearly represent student learning. The Credentials Framework positions competency what the learner knows and is able to do – as a tool and ‘common language’ to compare and understand credentials.

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for North Carolina Solar

On May 15th, the North Carolina Utilities Commission issued a long-awaited order adopting revisions to the state’s interconnection standards. The commission’s decision is interesting in a number of respects for both how it follows and how it bucks national trends in interconnection best practice development.

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‘C’ is for Catalyst

Amidst a growing sense of urgency to expedite the transition to a clean energy future, catalysts are paramount. Lasting reforms to our centuries-old energy system will not just magically happen in 50 states and a handful of territories. A planned, patient, and persistent approach is needed. This laborious (some might even say tedious) process takes a stimulus.

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Finding the On Ramp for the Skills Superhighway

In March, over 1,500 workforce professionals from as far away as Guam assembled in an unseasonably chilly Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Workforce Boards Annual Forum. IREC was on hand to meet with workforce professionals and employers, to promote the value of the IREC credential as a tool for WIBs when making decisions about allocation of workforce funding, and, more broadly, quality credentials and the role they play in the skills-based economy.

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Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks?

By Kristen Ferguson As in nature, so in life: everything, including us, is in a perpetual state of change. Accept that, and anything’s possible. For the past year, IREC has teamed up with the Weatherization Training Network’s Trainers Consortium for

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About Kristen Ferguson

Kristen is Manager of Assessor Training & Development for the IREC Credentialing Program. Kristen lead the working group of industry professionals on the revision of IREC Standard 01022.


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