Clean Energy Educational Resources

No matter where you find yourself in your career, all clean energy stakeholders—including authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), fire departments, clean energy contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, electric utilities, building owners, facility managers, and others—benefit from current and timely information related to renewable energy developments. This Clean Energy Clearinghouse offers access to free educational resources and CEU bearing courses to make sure you have the information you need, when you need it. 

Please note: You may have to scroll down on some CEU bearing course links in order to access all relevant information.

EMPOWERED Solutions Clean Energy Question of the Week

Check out this week’s question and answer below. Come back each Monday to explore something new about distributed energy resources. Read previous questions and answers about solar, storage, electric vehicles, and efficient building technology here.

Efficiency, energy, and safety codes play a crucial role in fostering resilient communities across the country. Many jurisdictions have implemented effective strategies to enhance resilience in the face of various challenges. These strategies often include the adoption and enforcement of stringent building codes that prioritize energy efficiency and safety. Communities are increasingly focusing on sustainable practices by incorporating codes for efficient, EV-ready, and solar-ready buildings, and by promoting energy-efficient designs. By adhering to current codes, regions can better withstand environmental and safety risks. Additionally, community education and outreach programs play a vital role in raising awareness about the importance of resilience and encouraging compliance with established codes. Overall, a comprehensive approach that integrates efficient building practices, energy conservation measures, and robust safety codes contributes to the creation of resilient communities nationwide.

For a deeper dive into these topics and more, listen to experts from across the country in this recorded webinar on Efficiency, Energy, and Safety Codes: What Is Working Around the County to Foster Resilient Communities, and learn about strategies that you can implement in your jurisdiction to ensure a resilient and sustainable community.

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Training Solutions from EMPOWERED Partner: Southface Institute

  • Model Codes and Distributed Energy Resources (Free CEU Online Course). Model codes set the standards for buildings and infrastructure. They are key to understanding distributed energy resources (DERs; solar panels, electric vehicles, and home weatherization, etc.) that consumers use to generate and manage energy on site.
  • Utilities, DERs, and Interconnection (Interactive PDF; Article). In this course, learn about the role of distributed energy resources (DERs) in the energy sector and interconnected processes with utilities. Homeowners, government officials, developers, and other community members can benefit from understanding the changing dynamics between utilities and (DERs) on the customer end of utility transmission and distribution systems.
  • High Performance Building Solutions: HVAC and Mechanical Code Training (Free CEU Online Course). Code officials must understand high-performance HVAC and mechanical systems to effectively address issues with inconsistent code compliance that occur when these systems are renovated or replaced. Learn how to select and assess proper installation and verification of HVAC and mechanical systems prior to adding other distributed energy resources.
  • High Performance Building Solutions: Building Envelope Code Training (Free CEU Online Course). Use of distributed energy resources (DERs) is growing in small to mid-sized commercial buildings, driven by incentives like the Inflation Reduction Act. Architects and code officials must know the fundamentals of design, specification, and verification of high-performance building envelopes. This training will comprehensively address commercial high-performance building envelopes, including benefits and key code considerations.

Training Solutions from EMPOWERED Partner: Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) Building Science Education (BSE) Solution Center

  • Instructor Resources at the Building Science Education Solution Center (Webpage). Upgrade your training program with open source lecture notes, problem sets, and presentations on building science topics such as heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, disaster resilience, whole building principles, and building envelopes.
  • High Performance Building Guides at the Building America Solution Center (Webpage). The Building America Solution Center provides access to expert information on hundreds of high-performance construction topics, including air sealing and insulation, HVAC components, windows, indoor air quality, and much more.
  • High Performance Building Program Recognition (Webpage). The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes training programs that align with its decarbonization goals. Recognition from DOE allows certification programs to align with DOE’s clean energy transition work and distinguish themselves as leaders who are preparing workers for meaningful and in-demand job opportunities. Recognition also allows certification programs to be approved as eligible within applications for Training for Residential Energy Contractors (TREC), through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

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The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) in partnership with the International Code Council, Independent Alliance of the Electrical Industry, National Association of State Fire Marshals, Slipstream, Florida Solar Energy Center, South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, New Buildings Institute, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Southface Institute, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory assembled these resources to provide you with up-to-date, reliable, vetted information and training related to existing and emerging technologies.