"Training is keeping time with changing markets; not playing catch-up" says Jane Weissman

“Training is keeping time with changing markets; not playing catch-up” says Jane Weissman

It’s a wrap!

“For a second year, IREC’s 3iForum brought some of the nation’s most involved clean energy thought leaders to SPI, where they presented information and insight to keep up with the industry’s fast-paced changing issues, successes and challenges,” says Larry Sherwood, IREC vice president and COO. “They shared their forecasts and recommendations based on best practices – which in many cases they helped shape – and were engaged in lively Q&A, fostering some enlightening dialogue that will continue to shape IREC’s conversations.”

Well received by attendees who represented a wide range of clean energy stakeholders, the independent information and insight was presented in eight different 30-minute sessions which rotated over three days. The topics are those in today’s and tomorrow’s renewable energy and energy efficiency headlines.

2014 IREC 3iForum Sessions

What it all means – Solar Regulatory World 101  Sara Baldwin Auck
A primer on the regulatory actions leading state’s are taking now and considering for the future, and which best practices other states are looking at to meet solar’s growing needs.

What’s Next in Interconnection? Sky Stanfield
It’s happening. States are already considering updates to their procedures following FERC’s (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) significant modifications to the federal Small Generator Interconnection Procedures late in 2013.  Learn how interconnection is changing in response to FERC’s order. What are the forthcoming innovations that move beyond the issues FERC addressed?  

6 Trends to Watch in 2015  Jane Weissman
A high level-view of what’s likely to come your way in 2015 – regulatory and quality workforce development issues and trends in the limelight now, and how they directly or ultimately affect the solar market.

Fair Compensation for Distributed Solar Generationk Jason Keyes
With more utilities calling for reform or abolition of net metering, the debate at utility commissions has centered on how to value the benefits and determine the costs of net-metered generation.  Several new utility-specific studies have addressed the issue, with varying approaches for capacity, transmission and distribution, and particularly for societal benefits. Proposals for “Value of Solar Tariffs” are one result. How is that working or how might it work in the future?

IREC’s Annual Solar Market Trends Report  Larry Sherwood
The solar market is an increasingly important and vital part of the American economy. What are the trends in this market, and what forces are at work? Which sectors of the market are strongest, and why? What are the prospects for solar energy in the near future?  This session presents results from the recently published IREC Report, U.S. Solar Market Trends: 2014.

Shared Solar: What’s Working & What’s Next  Erica Schroeder McConnell, Becky Campbell Howe (SEPA)
Shared solar is one option for energy consumers who want to benefit from the sun’s power but don’t have the rooftop for it. Only about 25 percent of residential rooftops are capable of hosting solar generation systems. IREC and SEPA have helped develop shared solar programs across the country. Hear about what’s working, including program stats from SEPA’s recently released report, and what’s on the next horizon.

Shared Solar: What’s Working & What’s Next  Erica Schroeder McConnell

Envisioning an Integrated Grid: transforming distribution system planning Sky Stanfield
As a result of dramatic growth in local generation, the nature of the distribution grid is changing. Distribution systems now need to be planned and built not just to serve load but also to manage a variety of distributed resources. Hear about efforts to re-envision the distribution system planning process while ensuring safe, reliable power, and about taking full advantage of new technologies and innovations in generation and energy management.

15 Minutes You Can’t Afford to Miss, a panel discussion on workforce development Joe Sarubbi, Laure-Jeanne Davignon, Mary Lawrence
Your company’s reputation rides on the quality of your workforce. Give us 15 minutes and learn about national efforts to increase the availability of professionals with the skills your company needs. Don’t let the time and resources you spend on training or mistakes by inexperienced employees limit your growth and profitability. You will leave this session with specific steps you can take to tap industry workforce efforts and improve your bottom line.





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