Up Front: The IREC Blog

The New Resource Growing the Pipeline of Qualified Workers for Energy Efficient Buildings

This article was originally published in BPA Connections from Building Performance Association (BPA). Jobs in high performance building design, construction, and retrofitting are crucial roles in the U.S. economy. And they will only become more important as the nation looks to

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California Marks Important Milestone for Balancing Grid Needs, Consumer Protection in Key Smart Inverter Function

New reporting requirements for California utilities provide greater customer protection regarding the use of volt-watt, an important smart inverter function. Volt-watt is one of the “scariest” smart inverter functions for customers and developers, and this is a first of its

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Environmental History and Black History are Intertwined: Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting Black environmentalists that have changed and continue to change the clean energy landscape for the better, key organizations that strive for environmental justice and representation of people of color in our

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Minnesota PUC Fines Xcel Energy $1 Million for Interconnection Failures

Minnesota utility Xcel Energy was fined one million dollars on Thursday for exceeding a maximum number of customer service complaints as a result of significant delays in its processing of interconnection requests for solar projects. A ruling from the Minnesota

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Equitable Access to Clean Energy Benefits for Frontline Communities

Highlights of the 2020 Vision Summit Consumer Panel In early 2020, before COVID-19 swept the country, IREC held our annual Vision Summit conference. The 2020 Vision Summit gathered leaders from all over the country to discuss clean energy and strategies

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Joining Forces for Rapid Progress Toward Clean Energy

An Interview with Larry Sherwood and Andrea Luecke on the Merger Between the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and The Solar Foundation The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and The Solar Foundation recently announced an agreement to merge into a single,

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State Interconnection Rules: The Gatekeepers to Energy Storage

This article was originally published in the Fall 2020 issue of Solar Builder Magazine and on its website on November 19, 2020. FERC Order 841, which was upheld by a D.C. Circuit Court ruling this summer, made clear that states

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eLearning Can Advance Your Clean Energy Career—Here’s What Makes It Effective

The realistic, flexible, and self-driven nature of online training options makes them an excellent way to take your career to the next level. Kristen Ferguson, IREC’s Director of Training and Development, specializes in course design and creating effective training for

Weatherization Benefits Start at Home, but Reach Much Further

U.S. DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Optimizes Energy Efficiency and Increases Energy Equity, Health, and Jobs Across the U.S., a multitude of homes were built before energy-efficient buildings were common, leaving households today with heightened costs and health risks. Weatherization

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Energy Efficiency Plays Crucial Role in a 100% Clean Energy Future

Energy Efficiency Saves Money, Creates Jobs, and Cuts Pollution Every year, much of the energy the U.S. consumes is wasted through transmission, heat loss and inefficient technology—costing families and businesses money, and leading to increased carbon pollution, according to the

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