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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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IHP: New Year, New Funding, Same Program

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Okay, it might not be January 1, but it is the start of a new Illinois Home Performance program year, and we're happy to ring in a new year with supporters like you. We want to take the time to thank you all for supporting our efforts to spread the benefits of home performance throughout the state of Illinois. We want to ensure you all that our efforts will not stop due to recent changes with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Energy and Recycling Office. While we are sad to see them go as a partner, we are excited about the possibilities to partner with other funders in the future. IHP's Record of Success In the past we’ve done statewide outreach and promotion of the Illinois Home…

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