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Report: Trends Shaping our Clean Energy Future Released by IREC

The release of Trends Shaping our Clean Energy Future, an annual report by IREC, presents information and an independent perspective on the year’s renewable energy and energy efficiency progress and challenges across the U.S., and the activities, research, publications, expert insight and recommendations that are helping shape our clean energy future.

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Trends Shaping Our Clean Energy Future 2014

Today’s release of Trends Shaping our Clean Energy Future, an annual report by The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) presents information and an independent perspective on the year’s renewable energy and energy efficiency progress and challenges across the U.S., and the activities, research, publications, expert insight and recommendations that are helping shape our clean energy future.

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IREC Premieres Industry-Targeted Video at SPI “Accelerate Your Success: Quality is quiet. Mistakes are not.”  

A bit of cartoon humor brings home the message that “the best new technology is only as good as the workmanship around it,” in this video produced by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). The short film clearly traces why credible credentials count, and how they reduce costly mistakes.

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Can you give IREC 3 minutes? Take the survey!

Take IREC’s three-question survey and help us effectively communicate with industry about the value of workforce development and credible credentials.

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IREC Credentialing Program Accepts New Skill Profile

The Commercial Building Energy Analysis Skill Profile describes the knowledge, skills and abilities individuals need to successfully conduct energy audits of commercial buildings, building systems, or process systems, analyze designs for cost effective energy performance and conduct investment-grade audits of buildings or systems. The Skill Profile (posted on the IREC website courtesy of Edmonds Community College) can be used as a basis for curriculum by clean energy training providers applying for IREC accreditation.

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Training a highly qualified workforce and living off-grid. True story!

For more than 23 years, Dan Fink of Buckville Energy Consulting LLC, has lived off-grid. His office at 8,200 feet elevation in the northern Colorado Rocky Mountains is 11 miles from the nearest power line or telephone pole. It’s powered entirely by solar and wind with vegetable oil and wood-fired steam for backup. Dan, an IREC certified instructor/small wind installer, is a professional renewable energy system designer, installer and troubleshooter. Buckville Energy Consulting is an IREC Accredited Continuing Education Provider. How does he do it?

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Regional Transmission Operator Ordered to Comply with Changes to Federal Interconnection Procedures Designed to Accommodate Growing Penetrations of Distributed Generation  

Having played an integral role in the development of the SGIP, IREC remains keenly interested in its adoption and implementation as an effective tool to streamline the integration of renewable energy and energy storage. IREC was pleased to find that most Transmission Providers stuck to the spirit of the rule and did not seek substantial changes in their compliance filings.

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Gearing Up for the Coming Power Engineering Workforce

This past summer, FEEDER (Foundations for Engineering Education for Distributed Energy Resources, the DTTC led by the University of Central Florida), offered a comprehensive summer institute on the smart grid, microgrids, and energy systems integration. Thirty students, 10 of whom were women, attended lectures, studied numerical modeling and forecasting, and took a field trip to Orlando Utilities Commission’s 6MW solar PV installation. On the last day, student teams shared results of their work.

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Shared Solar Program Catalog

IREC tracks shared solar programs and projects that meet IREC’s definition of shared renewable energy within our Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs.  The spreadsheet may also be downloaded by clicking on the green Excel button beneath the table.

Confessions of a Good, but not Great, Teacher

There are a lot of good instructors out there. I bet you are one of them. We know you. We have seen you teach. We are fortunate to have you in our changing industry to train our workforce. You share captivating stories from the field. You respond to every question with technical expertise and real-world experience. You get high praise from students in evaluations. But the class really isn’t about you, is it? It’s a potent reminder that it’s about the student, and what they take from class.

 

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