July 2019
Getting good rules of the grid in place will be key to ensuring Puerto Rico can create a cleaner, more resilient electric grid and meet newly adopted 100% renewable energy policy goals. Over the past year, IREC has worked with the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau (PREB) to develop interconnection rules for microgrids. IREC Vice President of Regulatory Sara Baldwin, and IREC’s lead regulatory attorney, Sky Stanfield, recently travelled to Puerto Rico for a day-long Interconnection Workshop, hosted by PREB to discuss challenges and solutions for interconnection on the island. More
With IREC's success delivering interactive online training to more than 15,000 code officials and fire fighters nationwide, our expertise is a natural fit to develop quality training to reach the 800 Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) agencies that contract with the U.S. Department of Energy in tribal nations and five U.S. territories.

IREC is currently creating the new online training and plans to have 25 training modules available for the WAP audience in early 2020. According to DOE, more than seven million low-income homes in the U.S. became healthier, safer and cost less to heat and cool over the past 45 years as a result of WAP. More
For more than a year, IREC has actively worked on interconnection reform in the state, alongside the Montana Renewable Energy Association (MREA).

A recent  order  issued by the Montana Public Service Commission lays out important interconnection improvements for the state’s largest investor-owned utility, NorthWestern Energy, some based on our recommendations. Addressed and left for future action are a number of issues that will impact the cost and efficiency of getting more clean energy connected to the grid, specifically energy storage. More
Installers, inspectors, designers, plan review technicians, facility maintenance personnel and electrical engineers will all find value in an upcoming day-long course on Article 690 of the National Electrical Code - Solar Photovoltaic Systems, offered by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).

The course will be taught by Jim Rogers, electrical inspector and IAEI international office instructor who has taught for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Jim was also featured in a short video about IREC's online training for code officials . Registration prices increase after July 17. Register .
Over the next few years, states and utilities across the U.S. will have to implement new national standards (IEEE Standard 1547-2018) for interconnection of clean energy technologies, which will transform how solar, wind, energy storage and other distributed energy resources (DERs) function on the grid. IREC Chief Regulatory Engineer Brian Lydic offers a look at what some early states are doing to prepare. More
The Forum on Inverter Grid Integration Issues (FIGII), an ad-hoc consortium of technical experts from inverter manufacturers, national labs, utilities and consultants, recently released A Guide to Selecting Inverters and Settings in Jurisdictions Without Grid Support Functionality Requirements to help inform utilities choosing to provide specific requirements to ensure inverters are correctly selected and commissioned. IREC's chief regulatory engineer, Brian Lydic, is the primary contact for FIGII and the guide. More

IREC Vice President-Regulatory Sara Baldwin will offer her expertise on the  Distribution System Planning Data for Project Development   panel, a discussion   of various perspectives on data security and privacy and utility considerations for data sharing. Data ownership as it relates to hosting capacity and other data required for cost efficient solar project development will also be discussed. Tuesday, September 24, 11:00 am - Noon, Room 250A.
Join us as we honor our 2019 national 3 i Award winners for the Best of 2019 in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We'll also recognize our 2019 Young Clean Energy Innovator and present a few special IREC Energy Hero Awards. Tuesday, September 24, 4:30-5:30 pm, Industry Trends Theater, booth 7341 . (There will be cake!)
Where in the US is IREC?
IREC's team shares its expertise on relevant, timely clean energy issues across the country.

NARUC Summer Policy Summit | 7/23, Indianapolis, IN
IREC Vice President - Regulatory Sara Baldwin will address IEEE 1547-2018 Standards for interconnection of distributed energy resources.

Distributed Generation Integration Collaborative (DGIC) | 7/29, Washington, DC
IREC Vice President - Regulatory Sara Baldwin will participate.

ASES Solar 2019 | 8/5-9, Minneapolis, MN
IREC Board of Directors Chairman Larry Shirley will deliver the keynote.
IREC in the News
Making the Grid Smarter by IREC Chief Engineer Brian Lydic | 6/3/19, SolarNovus

States and Cities Will Require Bold Action to Reach Ambitious Renewable Goals | 6/6/19, Solar Power World. IREC President/CEO Larry Sherwood is quoted.

National Conference in Minneapolis Highlights Solutions to the Climate Crisis 'Race to Renewables' | 7/8/19, Cision PR Newswire. IREC Chairman of the Board Larry Shirley is mentioned as keynote.
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