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2016 Annual Meeting Recap

MEEA Unplugged Blog - June 20, 2016 - 11:12am

Each year, the members, board and staff of MEEA meet to celebrate the past year’s successes, elect the Board of Directors, swap best practices (and business cards) and discuss industry trends and MEEA’s roles therein.

This year, we gathered June 8-9 in St. Louis—just a stone’s throw away from the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium—with a focus on upcoming political elections and treating energy efficiency as a supply-side resource.  We were also pleased to unveil MEEA’s new logo and Annual Report.

The event began bright and early with an address from Board Chair Jeanine Penticoff and member introductions. As in years past, attendees said they came to form relationships with new members, deepen existing connections and learn about trends in the industry.

Board Elections

The following candidates were on the board slate for election or re-election for the 2017-2018 year:

  • Nathan Baer (Staples Energy)
  • Scott Drake (East Kentucky Power Cooperative)*
  • Jim Jerozal (Nicor Gas) *
  • Nick Mark (CenterPoint Energy), Michael Brandt (Commonwealth Edison)*
  • Rick Morgan (Morgan Marketing Partners)*
  • Ralph Muehleisen (Argonne National Laboratory)*
  • Sam Mueller (Nexant) *
  • John Nicol (Leidos)
  • Art Thayer (Michigan Electric Cooperative Association)*
  • Llona Weiss (Missouri Energy Office) *
  • Shawn White (Xcel Energy)
  • Dan York (ACEEE)

* up for re-election

All proposed candidates were approved and we’re pleased to have these and the current board members’ leadership and guidance for the 2017-2018 fiscal year ahead. You can see MEEA’s full board list here.

It was also announced that Jim Jerozal of Nicor Gas will be replacing Alliant Energy’s Jeanine Penticoff as board chair in the next term. Jeanine has served MEEA admirably, and we cannot thank her enough for her insight, dedication and expertise. We’re honored to have Jim’s leadership moving forward.

MEEA Updates

MEEA Board Chairs gave updates on the different sections of the organization- Programs, Policy, Membership and Events, and Finance. To see a recap of MEEA’s successes in 2015, please see our Annual Report.

Panel: “Opportunities & Consequences of Treating EE as a Supply Side Resource”

The first panel of Annual Meeting featured a whopping nine panelist with a wide range of perspectives, from grid operators to implementers to solar experts. Moderated by Dr. Ralph Muehleisen of Argonne National Laboratory, each presenter provided insight into how we treat energy efficiency as supply today; what needs to change in order to treat energy efficiency as a supply side resource equal to other generation; and what our industry looks like when we get there. Susan Covino, PJM, Steve Moritz, Encentiv Energy, and Jon Williams, AEP-Ohio discussed how utilities and others are aggregating energy efficiency projects to sell in forward capacity markets and how recent rule changes affect these markets. Brian Bowen, First Fuel, and Randy Gunn, Navigant, discussed the necessary big data and experimental controls to accurately and reliabily predict energy savings from aggregated projects. Finally, Amy Heart, Sunrun Solar, Matt Belcher, MEERC, Michaela Martin, ICF, and Scott Steiner, Lockheed Martin spoke about what this future will look like and how roles and responsibilities will evolve from now until then.

Panel: “The 2016 Election – What Does It Mean for the Future of Energy Efficiency”

The afternoon panel looked to November’s elections and beyond with an eye toward how those races might impact energy efficiency, including funding, regulation and the Clean Power Plan.

MEEA Executive Director Stacey Paradis discussed the policy positions of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates relating to energy efficiency, before handing off the mic to John Rainbolt of Alliant Energy, who outlined presidential, congressional and gubernatorial electoral forecasts. The key takeaways: the fall elections will undoubtedly impact federal energy policy, though efficiency remains an issue with bipartisan appeal. And regardless of outcomes in November, regulatory agencies will continue to be in the driver’s seat.

Adam Cooper of the Institute for Electric Innovation then outlined the future for the Clean Power Plan and likely scenarios if the CPP is upheld or struck down.

Download the presentation slides for more details >>


The Annual Meeting reminded us once again why the future of energy efficiency is so promising: the passion and innovative spirit of our members. We look forward to another year championing the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency. Thank you for your support!

Columbia (MO) Adopts 2015 Energy Code

MEEA Unplugged Blog - June 16, 2016 - 10:58am

On Monday, June 6, 2016 the Columbia City Council voted to adopt the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as written, to regulate energy use in residential and commercial buildings. Additionally, the Council chose to adopt the Solar-Ready Provisions (Appendix RB) as part of the 2015 IECC for residential buildings, making the City of Columbia the first jurisdiction in the Midwest to do so.

Efficiency Improvement

The adoption of the 2015 IECC improves upon the efficiency of their previous energy codes, the 2012 and 2009 IECC for residential and commercial buildings, respectively. According to the Department of Energy (DOE) final determinations, building to the new code will yield approximately 1% for residential and 25% for commercial buildings in site energy savings.[1]

The potential energy savings associated with this adoption will save owners, renters, and businesses money, and reduce energy use and carbon emissions in new buildings in Columbia. According to a MEEA analysis[2], updating the commercial and residential energy codes to the 2015 IECC will save over $400,000 in citywide energy use costs annually. In addition to economic savings, building to the new code will contribute to a potential annual reduction of over 16,000 MMBTU in building energy usage, which is equivalent to the CO2 emitted from 223 homes (roughly 30% of newly constructed homes in Columbia in a year).[3]

Changes from the Previous Codes

The 2015 IECC will also improve upon the system performance of buildings in Columbia. The residential energy code was updated from the 2012 to the 2015 IECC, so few substantial efficiency improvements to the code were added. Main changes to Columbia’s Residential Energy Code include the addition of an alternative performance compliance method (Energy Rating Index) and the adoption of the Solar Energy Ready Provisions. The Solar Energy Ready Provisions do not require solar panels be installed, it requires a home be equipped to potentially add solar panels at a later date, if it has a favorable roof orientation. This provision is an optional appendix to the model code, which states or municipalities may choose to include and enforce when adopting the 2015 IECC for residential buildings.

As indicated by the large potential energy savings, updating the 2009 to the 2015 IECC for commercial buildings will result in significant improvements in building performance in Columbia. In general, newly constructed commercial buildings will be more efficient and comfortable as they will be better insulated and sealed, have more efficient lighting and HVAC systems, include new efficiency requirements for refrigeration units, and require more robust commissioning of building systems.

Considering newly constructed buildings can last 50 to 100 years, the energy, economic and performance improvements stemming from the 2015 update will have a positive impact on the City of Columbia for decades to come.

To gain a better understanding of the 2015 IECC Residential and Commercial requirements, check out the DOE Building Energy Codes Program Training Catalog.

For additional information about the adoption of the 2015 IECC in the City of Columbia, MO please contact Ian Blanding, Building Policy Associate at MEEA.

[1] https://www.energycodes.gov/determinations

[2] Methodology takes into account energy savings from DOE Final Determinations, annual commercial and residential construction in Columbia and EIA average electricity and gas cost for residential and commercial customers in Missouri.

[3] https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator

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