State & Stakeholder Newsletter: 2009 Year-in-Review

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Volume #8, Issue #26
Editor: Jane Pulaski


The IREC State & Stakeholder Newsletter tracks a range of market-oriented news, services and outreach tools valuable to the renewable energy community. This free newsletter is distributed semi-monthly to email subscribers and published on IREC’s website.   If you have comments or if you would like to submit a news item, email Jane Pulaski.

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From the editor:

Jane Pulaski

2009 Year-in-Review

I always look forward to this issue because it gives me a chance to go back and re-live some of the best renewable energy achievements of the year.  And each year, I’m always astonished at the accomplishments of our friends and colleagues.

2009 was one remarkable year for renewable energy.

For this issue, the IREC team selected their top picks for 2009 in workforce development, ISPQ credentialing, net metering and interconnection regulatory proceedings, state incentive programs.  In 2009, IREC produced a number of outstanding reports, coordinated dozens of webinars and trainings, updated its website and organized the third national workforce education conference.   Highlights from DOE’s Solar America Cities initiative, which saw a phenomenal amount of activity in 2009, are also featured in this issue.

As IREC begins its 28th year, we’re alert and poised to keep ahead of the issues.   We’ll inform you about them through a number of communication channels, including our website, engaging and informative newsletters, webinars, workshops, conferences, and reports.  It’s what you’ve come to expect from us, and it’s what we do best.

Settle in and grab a cup of coffee.  It’s an inspiring read, and I think, an optimistic herald for 2010.  Thanks, as always, for reading, and for your support of IREC.  Happy new year.


In this Issue…

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

IREC at the table, serving up workforce education best practices and credentialing programs in 2009
For nearly a decade, IREC has taken a leadership role in shaping the direction of renewable energy workforce education, and developing quality and competency standards for solar and renewable energy professionals and training programs.   Whether authoring articles in national magazines, organizing a national workforce education conference, updating renewable energy training directories, or  accepting a record number of credentialing applications, renewable energy workforce development activities in 2009 will go down in IREC’s books as nothing short of robust.


ISPQ

ISPQ Gaining Traction: 2009 saw a record number of applications for renewable energy training programs accreditation and certified instructors
Forty-five applications were submitted during the past 12 months for ISPQ credentials.  Twenty candidates were awarded accreditation or certification in 2009.  There are 27 applications currently under audit.  How is IREC handling this growth?


DSIRE

From California to Vermont, DSIRE’s Top 9 for ’09
I include updates to the DSIRE database in my semi-monthly State & Stakeholder newsletter, and during 2009, DSIRE accounted for some 225 entries.  Since I publish 26 newsletters/year, by my count, DSIRE contributes more than eight items/newsletter.  For the June 17th newsletter, DSIRE anted up 21 news items.  21 news items. So when I asked the DSIRE team for their notable news picks for 2009, I was dumbfounded when they whittled it down to nine.   Lucky for me; it made for a great headline.


CONNECTING TO THE GRID

IREC’s Legal Team, Keyes & Fox, Picks 4 States for Interconnection and Net Metering Best Practices in 2009
To say 2009 was a busy year for rule making proceedings would be a radical understatement.   IREC’s legal team of Keyes and Fox were involved in interconnection and net metering regulatory proceedings in some 20 states. Involved, according to Jason Keyes, means providing multiple rounds of comments and participation in workshops and hearings in those rule makings.   In fact, it’s totally accurate to conclude that Keyes & Fox’s steady and persistent hand in several of these states produced successful results.


SOLAR AMERICA CITIES

DOE’s Solar America Cities wraps up with a 2009 with a bow
By all accounts, 2009 was one very active year for DOE’s Solar America Cities Initiatives (SAI), far from the typical business-as-usual model. Starting in March, with the second Solar America Cities Annual Meeting in San Antonio, to the announcement in October of DOE’s Special Projects grants for Solar America Cities and a network of regional solar Installer training providers, 2009 was a non-stop procession of news about and activities of the 25 Solar America Cities, from Hawaii to New York, from Texas to Wisconsin.   Despite their hectic travel schedules, Charlie, Hannah, Sarah, Tom, always responded to my emails and phone calls quickly.  Hats off to the SAI team for a job well done.


On our radar

Upcoming IREC webinar:  Connecting to the Grid Guide (January 26)
The next IREC Webinar will be held Tuesday, January 26, from 2:00-3:15 pm EST (1pm CST, noon MST, 11am PST, 10am Alaska, 9am Hawaii) on IREC’s 6th Edition of its Connecting to the Grid Guide.  There is no fee for this webinar, but pre-registration is required.  This seminar is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of the key issues in net metering and interconnection policies and the process behind rulemaking proceedings at state utilities commissions.  This webinar will also hit the highlights of IREC’s recently released Connecting to the Grid Guide, 6th edition, an important tool that is designed for state regulators and other policymakers, utilities, industry representatives and consumers interested in the development of state-level interconnection standards.

NYSERDA Releases PON 1816 for energy efficiency training programs in NYS
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking partnerships with eligible training entities to deliver energy efficiency training programs throughout New York State. The Program goal is to significantly expand the existing energy efficiency training infrastructure to serve the needs of the portfolio of programs funded through the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS).  An informational workshop or webinar will be held to answer questions regarding this Offering on Thursday, January 7, 2010, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Please email Kelli Herndon to register for the webinar. If additional webinars are scheduled, it will be posted on NYSERDA’s Get Energy Smart website.  Additional FAQ’s for this program will also be posted on www.GetEnergySmart.org.

New York Solar Energy Society: Accelerating Solar Power in New York State, Panel Discussion and Reception
New York State has a significant solar resource and boasts some of the most generous financial incentives for solar development, yet major hurdles exist to creating a vibrant solar market. For one exclusive evening, major policy makers, business leaders, and finance executives will come together to discuss the policies and incentives needed to help the New York solar market reach its full potential.  Keynote Speaker: New York State Assemblyman, Andrew Hevesi Thursday, February 4 • 6:30 – 9:30 The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, NYC.  To RSVP email: wyldon1@gmail.com

Preliminary On-Line Registration Now Available for ASES 2010
Preliminary registration is now open and includes Conference, Solar Success and Public Day Registration. Additional registration options, such as workshops, tours and social events will be available mid-February. Register now and log back into your registration to add options.

CEC to offer informational webinar on the EECBG on January 6th
To help applicants understand prevailing wages and the Davis-Bacon Act when applying for the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding, Energy Commission staff will host an Informational Webinar on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., at the California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, First Floor, Hearing Room A, Sacramento, CA (wheelchair accessible).  No reservation is necessary. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the workshop.  EECBG applications are due to the Energy Commission by January 12, 2010, at 4 p.m. PST.  The new and revised attachments can be found online.


Upcoming Events

1/14/10  Geothermal Energy Finance Forum 2010, Battery Park, NY

1/15/10   Deadline to submit applications for NABCEP solar PV and solar thermal certifying exams

2/3-2/5  RETECH 2010, Washington, DC, hosted by ACORE

2/17-2/19  CoSEIA Annual Conference & Expo, Lakewood, CO


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