Wednesday, May 25, 2010
Volume #9, Issue #10
Editor: Jane Pulaski

The IREC State & Stakeholder Newsletter is a foremost resource for current information on green workforce training, credentialing programs, state activities and best practices on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 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.  To subscribe to this newsletter, click here and follow the instructions.

If you want the best news about what’s going on in the states and cities, read the State & Stakeholder Newsletter (May 25, 2010)

From the editor:

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks…

Let’s start with ASES 10, Phoenix.  Team IREC was on the agenda in 10 sessions over three days.  Try as I did to be in two places at once, it just didn’t happen.  It was hard to get a seat for Larry Sherwood’s presentation on the 2009 U.S. solar market data.  IREC will release the full report–look for it in July.

Connecting to the Grid Editor, Laurel Varnado, did presentation double time, with (I love this title) ‘the many flavors of net metering–regional policy trends,‘ rating tangy New England, Mid-Atlantic Creme Brule, the meat and potatoes Midwest…you get the idea.  But it was Laurel’s other presentation, the one with the conference-ish title of valuing solar through market diversity where she featured flora, fauna and feathered creatures to describe the diverse ecosystem of players in the solar policy world that, as she said, ‘make the most sense to me.’  I lament I missed that one. 

NCSC’s Ty Gorman’s shared his scholarly analysis of how state energy programs are spending their stimulus dollars on solar.  Though Amy Heinemann (NCSC), moderated the PACE session, she set the stage with a brief overview of the policy. Amy was later interviewed about the PACE policy by Renewable Energy World (REW).  And Joe Wiedman, Keyes and Fox, LLC, laid out the different varieties of community renewable policies in place in nine states, and shared IREC’s guiding principles for model community renewables best practices. Joe was also interviewed by REW.

At the ASES awards dinner, IREC’s Executive Director Jane Weissman received the prestigious Charles Greeley Abbot Award, ASES’s highest award, for her significant contributions to ASES and the field of solar energy.  With this award, Weissman joins a distinguished group of recipients, including some of the most renowned solar scientists and researchers. She is the third woman to receive this honor since it was first awarded in 1975.  An honor most well deserved, Ms. Weissman.

ASES may be over, but we’re already looking at October for Solar Power International 10, October 12-14, in Los Angeles.  Registration opens today.  And if it’s SPI, that means it’s IREC’s Annual Meeting, set for Monday, October 11th in LA.  We’ve also opened registration.

There’s no slowdown at NABCEP; it just released another new PV certification, this one for qualified electricians.  And it released its application to sit for the first small wind certification exam (9/11/10).

Our friends at Delaware Technical Community College have teamed up with legendary Roger Ebbage of Lane Community College to offer an energy management curriculum at DTCC.

Like I said, it’s been a busy couple of weeks.  I’m not complaining.

Read the State & Stakeholder Newsletter, May 25, 2010