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Supporting the Energy Efficiency Workforce

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October 16-20 is “Careers in Energy Week” for the state of Illinois. Governor Rauner has recognized that a strong and diverse energy workforce is critical to support the large demand for safe, reliable and affordable energy to support Illinois families, communities and businesses. Energy efficiency is a key component to ensure affordability and reliability for years to come. A recent Clean Jobs Midwest study found there are more than 93,000 energy efficiency jobs in Illinois and that clean energy jobs are growing 6x faster than overall jobs in the state. To help connect job-seekers with these opportunities, MEEA has several programs and resources available. Training the Clean Energy Workforce Building Operator Certification MEEA…

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R.I.P. CPP: A Eulogy for the Clean Power Plan

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Dearly Beloved, We are gathered here today to say our goodbyes to the Clean Power Plan. With us are some of the Clean Power Plan’s relatives – the Clean Air Act and Massachusetts v. EPA. Thank you for being here. We know this is a loss for all of us in the energy efficiency community. I won’t dwell on this, but it’s important for everyone to know that the Clean Power Plan was a victim of the federal rulemaking process. On October 10, 2017 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to repeal the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan was originally proposed by the Obama Administration in 2015 to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel power…

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Reaching the Hardest Segment: Small- and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

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Big Benefits... At a recent conference in Milwaukee hosted by M-WERC, the opportunities for reducing energy consumption at small- and medium-sized manufacturing facilities were touted repeatedly: Cost savings, productivity increases, improved worker safety and plant conditions, extended equipment lifetimes, corporate marketing benefits – the list goes on. But, as the audience contained several manufacturers from across Wisconsin, also on display were the myriad challenges these businesses face in implementing even low- or no-cost efficiency projects. At the same time, utility and implementer reps expressed frustrations about delivering on genuinely good intentions to help these businesses save energy, reduce costs and become more…

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