After 22 years as the head of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, I am stepping down as the organization’s president and CEO. It’s a bittersweet decision. This is not a retirement announcement; just a change I make with confidence and emotion.
Yesterday (May 12, 2016), IREC joined Fresh Energy and the Environmental Law & Policy Center to file a joint motion with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which includes a proposal that would help the state implement interconnection changes based on a compilation of best practices and lessons learned from other states. If implemented, the changes would allow for fair, expedited interconnection of clean renewable energy for more Minnesota consumers – while ensuring the safety and reliability of the distribution grid.
As IREC works on clean energy policy and workforce efforts in states across the country, we keep the consumer focus front and center, bringing an important independent voice to the table. And from this vantage point, we’ve identified some key consumer-oriented trends that we expect to garner heightened attention going forward.
Like a new Broadway hit, the debut of the Empire State’s ambitious regulatory initiative, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), has garnered much fanfare and intrigue. And, rightly so, considering its lofty objectives to transform the energy sector in the state by integrating high volumes of distributed energy resources (DERs) into the electric system, among other goals.
IREC’s 2015 Annual Trends Report presents a deep look at the stories behind the year’s national clean energy headlines. It offers an informative, 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.
This landmark IREC report offers a unique look at the national movement toward a more modern electricity grid, and offers five insightful approaches for state utility regulators to consider when developing new rules and regulations that govern the electricity system and electric utilities.
We’ve heard a lot about smart grid over the past decade, but to achieve a truly intelligent grid we need to do much more than switch out analog meters for their digital counterparts. We must also implement comprehensive new regulatory structures to make use of the data and functionality provided by these equipment upgrades. In other words, we need to modernize the grid in addition to our modes of interacting with it.