During an awards ceremony at Intersolar North America, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) today honored its 2018 3iAward recipients, celebrating the nation’s best innovation, ingenuity and inspiration in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The winners are based on a prestigious annual national search.
“Today, we’re proud to recognize our 2018 IREC 3iAward recipients–among the nation’s most extraordinary people, projects and programs making a sustainable energy future a reality,” said IREC Board Chair Larry Shirley.
“Their work is setting new standards–creating solutions to today’s complex renewable energy and energy efficiency challenges–changing communities and our national energy landscape in the process,” added Ken Jurman, IREC board member and chair of the 3iAwards Committee.
“As we honor their achievements, IREC celebrates its 36th year,” Shirley said. “We are more proud than ever of our own history, leading transformative policies and practices that allow millions more Americans to benefit from clean renewable energy.”
Award applications were accepted in six categories: Community/Shared Renewables, State & Local Government Initiatives, Regulatory Champion, IREC Accredited Training Provider, IREC Certified Clean Energy Trainer, and for the first time, IREC Young Clean Energy Innovator.
Also at the awards ceremony, five special IREC Energy Heroes were honored.
“We salute the 5,000+ firefighters across the U.S. who are now “solar smarter” because of their commitment to the most current training,” said IREC President/CEO Larry Sherwood. “We honor these Energy Heroes fortheir resolve to offer the best professional development and training in the wake of exponential growth of solar.”
Sky represents IREC’s regulatory program, advancing reforms on distributed energy resource (DER) policy matters in dozens of states across the country. She provides pioneering thoughtleadership on a number of topics, including interconnection, energy storage, grid modernization, hosting capacity analyses, and integrated distribution planning. Her expertise is instrumental to IREC’s work to increase consumer access to clean energy and expedite the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable energy system. Sky’s unique ability to translate technical issues and integrate them into regulatory and process reforms is helping to transform the nation’s electric system and streamline the integration of DERs on the grid. She has authored several influential publications for IREC, and regularly blogs and speaks on IREC’s behalf. Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers since 2011, Sky’s passion and dedication to a clean energy future earned her the 2010 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award for environmental and pro bono advocacy work.
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