Interstate Renewable Energy Council Standards

Mon, 2013-01-14 14:02

Congress’ approval of the “fiscal cliff deal” sent a strong message of support for renewable energy development. Tax incentives for wind power development were extended, and industry professionals have proposed plans to gradually spread support out over several years. Other types of renewable generation also got a financial boost. Education will play a vital role in attaining the ultimate goals of innovation, economic strength, and a skilled workforce that will allow renewable energy to succeed on its own without financial backing from the government.

Support Through Education

As a part of the effort to prepare the workforce to sustain growth in renewables, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has established a Working Group to undertake a comprehensive review of the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) International Standard 01022. The ISPQ standard currently sets a high bar for training and instructional quality. The designation provides evidence of quality assurance and fiscal stability within training programs. The goal of the Working Group is to revise the standard to meet the evolving needs of training and education specific to the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.


IREC Training Provider logoThe Interstate Renewable Energy Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the expanded use of safe, affordable renewable energy. IREC develops policies and programs to benefit and grow the industry and remains at the forefront of education and workforce development through the credentialing of trainers and training programs.

“Providing a quality assessment tool and process are key drivers for IREC as we continue to be in the forefront of ensuring a quality-trained renewable energy workforce,” said IREC’s Jane Weissman. “The ISPQ standard provides a strong foundation for this initiative.”

The Working Group

Experts in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields have been invited to collaborate as members of a Working Group to develop new standards specific to training in these fields. A framework established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will guide the standards development process. Members of the Working Group will review stakeholder input, develop an outline for the new standards, consider public comments, and work through subsequent drafts, with the goal of producing a final version by fall of 2013.

Industry Expertise

Glenn Mauney headshotAmong those invited to participate in IREC’s Working Group is Everblue’s own Curriculum Development Specialist, Glenn Mauney. Prior to joining the Everblue team, Glenn served as a wind consultant and energy policy analyst. Glenn’s background makes him ideally suited to contribute knowledge of renewables, energy efficiency, and coalition building. Glenn has the proven ability to bring together the viewpoints of various stakeholders and facilitate the collaboration necessary to develop effective policies. He has a well-rounded knowledge of various types of energy generation and is experienced in advocating for policies that support sustainability.

When asked what he expects to be the biggest challenge in his work on the project, Glenn said, “The aggressive timeline. We need to give appropriate consideration to all opinions and agree upon a final version. It’s the nature of the beast with this process. It takes time to sort out differences and manage expectations.”

Glenn has agreed to commit his time and talent to the Working Group because he believes that education is key to furthering programs, technologies, and professional development in the green economy. Glenn is enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to IREC’s mission of quality assurance and advancement in education.

“There must be some commonality, which comes from rigorous standards, and IREC is known as the cream of the crop,” he said. “Accreditation is a robust process and is not a slam dunk. It’s important to have organizations like IREC that don’t compromise.”

Check back with us over the next few months for updates on the efforts of the Working Group and the standards development process.

By Amy Malloy

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