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Valuing Energy Efficiency Workshop Recap

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"Using energy efficiency as an energy resource" similar to supply-side resources is a phrase often repeated by those working in the efficiency industry. That sounds good, but how exactly do we capture the value of energy efficiency? And what policy and regulatory practices are used to do this? Three regulatory constructs are at the forefront of the answer to these questions: cost-effectiveness tests, integrated resource planning (IRP) and technical reference manuals (TRMs). As with many great meetings of the minds, MEEA members congregated in Rosemont, Illinois on June 15 to explore these questions and topics in a workshop titled “Valuing Energy Efficiency.” Cost-Effectiveness The afternoon kicked off with a presentation…

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2017 Annual Meeting of the Membership Recap

On June 16, MEEA hosted its annual Meeting of the Membership in Rosemont, Illinois just a few miles outside of Chicago. This event was another opportunity for MEEA's members, board and staff to come together to see old friends, make new connections and discuss what’s new in the field of energy efficiency. New board members were elected, and the latest Annual Report was unveiled. It was also a great venue for MEEA to get feedback on what we can do to add value to and improve the member experience. Introduction Members were welcomed with a reception on the evening of June 15 followed by an after event sponsored by members CLEAResult, LEDVANCE, ICF and Lockheed Martin. After breakfast the next morning MEEA Board Chair, Jim Jerozal…

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Industrial Opt-Out Will Cost Ohio Billions in Missed Benefits

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On June 6, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released a new report on the increased health and economic costs that would result from an expanded industrial opt-out policy in the state. ACEEE found that expanded opt-out would cost Ohio residents billions of dollars due to higher electricity rates, increased utility system costs and medical expenses from increased air pollution.  Background Ohio’s 2014 Senate Bill 310 amended the state’s energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) by rolling back the savings targets in addition to instituting a mercantile opt-out policy that allows large energy users to opt-out of paying the energy efficiency rider and participating in ratepayer-funded energy…

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