Clean Energy Clearinghouse
In addition to resources developed by SEAC, this site also houses the Clean Energy Clearinghouse, a one-stop web page with additional educational materials about clean energy technologies for building, fire, and safety officials. These professionals play a critical role in enabling the safe, widespread, and rapid deployment of new technologies that make the grid more sustainable and resilient, including:
- energy storage systems (ESS),
- electric vehicles (EVs),
- and grid-interactive energy efficient building technologies.
Because these emerging technologies have outpaced codes and existing educational resources, there is an urgent need for up-to-date guidance for this audience.
This web page houses a variety of educational materials for this purpose, developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Educational Materials for Professional Organizations Working on Efficiency and Renewable Energy Developments (EMPOWERED) program.
By increasing the familiarity and confidence of these key stakeholders to permit and inspect DERs, this initiative aims to reduce barriers to widespread deployment of these kinds of technologies, also called distributed energy resources (DERs).
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The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) leads this initiative, in partnership with the International Code Council, International Association of Electrical Inspectors, National Association of State Fire Marshals, Slipstream, FSEC Energy Research Center, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Each of these partners is an expert in its respective sector and brings the critical perspective of its stakeholders to inform education solutions. This team previously collaborated on a U.S. Department of Energy-funded project to successfully train 15,000 code officials and fire service personnel on solar technologies.
About the Partners
IREC: The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) builds the foundation for rapid adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency to benefit people, the economy, and our planet. Its vision is a 100% clean energy future that is reliable, resilient, and equitable. IREC develops and advances the regulatory reforms, technical standards, and workforce solutions needed to enable the streamlined integration of clean, distributed energy resources. IREC has been trusted for its independent clean energy expertise for nearly 40 years, since its founding in 1982. For more information, visit www.irecusa.org or follow IREC on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.
IAEI: International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit professional trade association committed to public safety from electrical hazards by providing expert, unbiased leadership in electrical code and standards development and premier education and certification for electrical professionals. IAEI was established in and has been in continuous operation since 1928. Active members and partners in the association include but are not limited to electrical inspectors, building construction inspectors, electrical installers, electrical contractors, engineers, testing agencies, standards organizations, manufacturers and distributors. Learn more at https://www.iaei.org.
ICC: The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.
ESA: The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the national trade association dedicated to energy storage, working toward a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid – as is uniquely enabled by energy storage. With more than 200 members, ESA represents a diverse group of companies, including independent power producers, electric utilities, energy service companies, financiers, insurers, law firms, installers, manufacturers, component suppliers and integrators involved in deploying energy storage systems around the globe. Learn more at www.energystorage.org.
FSEC: FSEC Energy Research Center (FSEC ERC), also known as the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), was created by the Florida Legislature in 1975 to serve as the statewide energy research institute and advance the use of solar energy. Administered by the University of Central Florida, FSEC ERC has grown beyond its initial scope and conducts training and research on all aspects of renewable energy, including alternative fuels, fuel cells, energy storage, electric vehicles, building science, energy efficiency technologies, education and training, and policy analysis. Learn more at https://energyresearch.ucf.edu/.
NASFM: The membership of National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) comprises the most senior fire officials in the United States. NASFM’s mission is two-fold: to protect human life, property and the environment from fire, and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of State Fire Marshals’ operations. State Fire Marshals’ responsibilities vary from state to state but typically include fire safety code adoption and enforcement, fire and arson investigation, fire incident data reporting and analysis, public education and advising Governors and State Legislatures on fire protection. Learn more at https://www.firemarshals.org.
PNNL: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory draws on its distinguishing strengths in chemistry, Earth sciences, biology and data science to advance scientific knowledge and address challenges in sustainable energy and national security. Founded in 1965, PNNL is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. DOE’s Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit PNNL’s News Center. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.