MN Interconnection Ruling Contains Some Wins and a Major Threat
Interconnection has been making headlines more and more in recent months, as states around the country grapple with the reality that effective interconnection policies are essential to enabling rapid deployment of distributed energy resources (DERs), from community solar arrays to residential solar-plus-storage systems. One of those states is Minnesota, where the local investor-owned utility Xcel...
New Solutions Toolkit Guides Regulators, Utilities in Improving Energy Storage Interconnection
The BATRIES Toolkit is the culmination of over a year of research and analysis by utility and industry experts to develop solutions to eight barriers to energy storage interconnection.
Improving Interconnection Timelines: The Need for Data and Enforcement
Interconnection is a crucial, yet often overlooked, issue for enabling timely deployment of solar and other clean energy projects. Literally every grid-connected project must go through the interconnection process and delays can thus impact projects of every size and type. Across the country, outdated and cumbersome interconnection policies put the brakes on clean energy development, hindering market growth and the rapid climate action needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
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IREC Launches Cross-Sector Alliance to Grow a Diverse Clean Energy Workforce
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) today announced the creation of a new cross-sector initiative to improve clean energy education, training, and job placement efforts and outcomes. The National Clean Energy Workforce Alliance (“The Alliance”), supported with grant funding from Bank of America, will align the efforts...
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New Clearinghouse Website Houses Clean Energy Permitting & Inspection Resources
The Sustainable Energy Action Committee and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council today announced the launch of a new clearinghouse website housing educational resources and recommendations related to the permitting and inspection of clean energy systems. The website can be accessed at: https://sustainableenergyaction.org/. The Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC) brings together diverse clean energy stakeholders to...
Workforce Development & Training
Using Career Maps to Help Students Connect Learning with Future Careers
A workforce development program for high school students models how valuable career maps can be in helping students connect classroom content to future careers.
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New Paper Guides Regulators, Utilities on Key Hosting Capacity Analysis Decisions
A new paper, Key Decisions for Hosting Capacity Analyses, shares key lessons about a new grid mapping tool that can help utilities and states better integrate clean energy technologies on the electric grid.