Up Front: The IREC Blog

What Grid Transparency Looks Like

With little fanfare or attention, the main investor-owned utilities in California released their first Integration Capacity Analyses (ICA) and supporting distribution system maps at the beginning of 2019. IREC has done an in-depth exploration of the capabilities of the maps and advocated for ongoing improvements, encouraging the commission to establish a process for ensuring the utilities remedied both the data quality and usability issues.

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States Preparing for New Standards for a Smarter Grid

Over the next few years, states and utilities across the U.S. will have to implement new national standards for interconnection of clean energy technologies, which will transform how solar, wind, energy storage and other “distributed” energy resources function on the grid. Here’s a look at what some early states are doing to prepare.

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#2MillionSolarStrong: 4 Things That Have to Happen to Get to 100% Clean Energy

Today IREC proudly joins the collective voice of advocates and industry celebrating a milestone we have worked for 37 years to witness: two million solar installations now in the U.S. What better timing than in a year when children and governors, presidential candidates and corporate CEOs are all making headlines about the urgency of climate change action.

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IREC Vision Summit: the need for movement is urgent

The collective power of experience and passion assembled in one room was by any measure extraordinary. It was a day of robust exploration of the challenges, opportunities and details, and the not so distant milestones necessary to get us there – ultimately to 100 percent clean energy. The words “urgency” and “collaboration” and “equitable” could not have been louder.

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Top 5 Criteria for a Winning State Shared Renewables Program

How can states create a community solar program that benefits more consumers and their communities? In this blog, we bring together our top five list so states can learn from policies in place in other states – to ensure that new programs are the best they can be – for all consumers!

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100 Percent Clean Energy Goals: What will it take to get there?

As published in Renewable Energy World  

Here we are in 2019, with more than 100 U.S. cities and 140 large corporations having established 100 percent clean, carbon-free and/or renewable energy goals. In several states, newly seated governors campaigned on goals of 100 percent renewable energy, and congressional representatives have arrived in Washington positioning for a like-minded national proposal. The question is: what really has to happen to get from here to there, and what are the benefits such a transition will bring?

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IREC Leads Charge for Grid Transparency Win in California

IREC’s leadership before the California Public Utilities Commission has again resulted in a landmark ruling, marking an important milestone for grid transparency and fair grid access, not just in California but for all states.

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Innovative Partnership Bridges Gap Between At-Risk Youth and Solar Careers

A new video geared to at-risk youth features AJ, who found out about the growing solar industry from his Job Corps advisor. Students throughout the country can learn about AJ’s journey to a rewarding career in solar, thanks to an innovative partnership between IREC and Home Builders Institute (HBI).

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South Carolina Ruling on Duke Interconnection Proposal Protects Consumers and Preserves Fair Grid Access

Recently, IREC helped to shape and inform South Carolina policy that would allow eligible DER projects to bid into a program in neighboring North Carolina without unduly impacting projects already connecting to the grid in South Carolina, and without imposing costs on South Carolina ratepayers (absent evidence that such costs are in the public interest).

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Key Lessons from the California Integrated Capacity Analysis

For the deep dive you’ve been waiting for on hosting capacity, search no further. Herein you will find an overview of hosting capacity analyses, why they matter, a summary of the key findings from the California Working Group effort and important insights that are transferable to other states seeking to enable a more modern grid.

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