Interstate Renewable Energy Council
IREC, a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt status, works with industry, government, educators and other stakeholders to ensure that the broader use of renewable energies is possible, safe, affordable and practical, particularly for the individual consumer.
For nearly three decades, IREC, a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt status, has worked with industry, government, educators and other stakeholders to ensure that the broader use of renewable energies is possible, safe, affordable and practical, particularly for the individual consumer. Our successes are embedded in national energy policies and in updated utility and industry standards and best practices. And our expert input continues to shape rules and regulations in more than 40 states.
While we’ve worked hard and long and often quietly, we’ve become broadly recognized as a unique resource and conduit for change in the renewable energy arena. Our ability to identify obstacles early and our problem solving approach has continued to shape our identity, raise our national and international profile, and positioned us as an innovative leader.
Over the past two years or so, IREC has expanded its work on community renewables specifically. In March 2010, IREC released its Community Renewable Power Proposal for comments, which incorporates “best practices” in facilitating co-investment in local renewable power facilities. In November 2010, IREC released the first Model Program Rules for Community Renewables. Authored by Joe Wiedman, a partner at the law firm Keyes & Fox, LLP, the Model Rules are designed to facilitate co-investment in local renewable power facilities. The Model Rules incorporate comments from diverse stakeholders, including utilities, industry participants and other stakeholders, as well as information from community renewables efforts at the municipal and state levels in Massachusetts, Colorado, California, Washington and Utah.