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Millions of Americans Struggle to Meet their Energy Needs – Efficiency Can Help

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Nationwide, over 16 million households struggle to meet their heating, cooling and other energy needs, but energy efficiency is increasingly recognized as a potential solution to this problem. In 2018, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri began holding income qualified energy efficiency stakeholder collaboratives to strengthen program design and delivery for these communities. Throughout the Midwest, decision makers across the political spectrum recognize the value of low-income energy efficiency in helping families afford their basic energy needs. About the Workshop On June 21, at MEEA’s 2018 Annual Meeting, Policy Manager Molly Graham and Senior Policy Associate Leah Scull hosted a workshop that explored the common challenges, potential…

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MEEA Members Gather for 2018 Annual Meeting

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On June 20-21, MEEA members from across the country united for the Annual Meeting of the Membership in Louisville, KY. Fueled by hot browns and watermelon salad, MEEA members swapped ideas, strengthened relationships and looked ahead at the coming year in energy efficiency. Pre-Events The festivities started Wednesday, June 20 with a meeting of board members running concurrent to a workshop for early arriving attendees. The workshop “To Efficiency and Beyond” placed a spotlight on distributed energy resources (DERs) including microgrids, electric vehicles, data analytics and more. Experts from DNV GL, University of Illinois – Energy Resources Center, First Fuel, Oracle and D+R International discussed DERs as they relate to resiliency and…

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Iowa's EE Rollback Explained

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On May 4, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 2311(SF 2311) into law, which will make significant changes to the way utilities drive customer energy savings programs within the state. Most notably, the bill caps utility investments in energy efficiency and created a broad opt-out provision for all customers. How We Got Here In 2008, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) implemented a regulatory order that set the annual energy savings target for Iowa’s three rate-regulated electric and gas utilities: Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy and Black Hills Energy. These goals are developed for each utility every five years, following an assessment of energy usage and potential savings. Years later, these targets have proved a cost-…

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