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3 Member Benefits that Take the Hassle Out of Your Workday

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In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that, thanks to technological advances and increases in efficiency, his grandchildren’s generation would only work 15 hours-a-week. Fast forward to today, and the 15-hour work day is probably more common than the 15-hour work week. Peek at your jam-packed work calendar and bottomless email inbox, and it’s clear we’re as busy as ever. But don’t worry – these MEEA member benefits can help take the hassle out of your workday. Here are 3 favorites of MEEA insiders: 1. Stay in the Loop with Customized Policy Briefings Keeping up with legislatures, utility commissions, building code boards and governing bodies across the Midwest can be exhausting. Luckily, we speak “wonk”. As a benefit of your…

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What Do the Midterm Elections Mean for Energy Efficiency?

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The 2018 midterm elections brought significant voter participation, with turnout breaking levels not seen since the 1960s. Nationally, this enthusiasm shifted power in the U.S. House of Representatives back to the Democrats, while Republicans increased their control of the U.S. Senate. A total of nine House seats in the Midwest flipped to Democratic-control—in addition to two seats in Minnesota changing from Democratic to Republican. The real shift in the Midwest, however, is seen at the governor level: of the seven governors that flipped to Democrats nationally, four of them were in the Midwest. Due to flipped seats and term limits, there will be seven new governors in our region. This shift will have significant impacts on…

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Energy Efficiency is a Win-Win. So Why Does the Affordable Clean Energy Rule Ignore It?

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In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized their much-anticipated Clean Power Plan (CPP). This rule, proposed by the Obama Administration, aimed to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants by 32% by 2030. The CPP set the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants and allowed states flexibility to comply with the emission targets. The “Affordable Clean Energy” (ACE) rule is the proposed replacement to the CPP by the Trump Administration. While the CPP prudently incorporated energy efficiency, ACE largely ignores it, undermining the economic, environmental and health benefits energy efficiency offers. What are the Benefits of Energy Efficiency? The CPP…

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