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EE First: The Right Way to Get to Net Zero Energy

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This year's Midwest Energy Solutions Conference (MES) incorporated interactive workshops into its agenda for the first time ever, and one of the three workshops focused on Net Zero Energy (NZE) in the Midwest. MEEA staff wanted attendees to consider what Net Zero Energy means for energy efficiency (EE) in the Midwest specifically. (For the purposes of the workshop, “NZE” was referring to any building, development or community that does not use more energy than it produces. See DOE’s NZE definitions). To kick things off, MEEA’s Building Policy Manager Alison Lindburg highlighted several commercial NZE projects, such as Richardsville Elementary School in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which is the nation’s first Net Zero school, and the new NZE…

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IHP Wins ENERGYSTAR Partner of the Year

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Author’s note: this article is best enjoyed with musical accompaniment. March Madness is over, and Villanova isn’t the only one taking home a trophy. We’re proud to announce that Illinois Home Performance won the 2018 ENERGYSTAR® Partner of the Year Award! With the help of an all-star starting lineup, IHP delivered a victory for homeowners and energy efficiency. Highlight Reel IHP previously won back-to-back Partner of the Year Awards in 2014 and 2015, followed up with an ENERGYSTAR Excellence in Promotion Award in 2017. How’s that for a dynasty? In 2017, IHP instructed 150+ real estate agents and appraisers on EE fundamentals and selling efficient homes, and we certified efficiency upgrades in 900+ homes across the state.…

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Anti-EE Bill Advances in Iowa Legislature

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Last week the Iowa House Commerce Committee passed Senate File 2311, a bill that will significantly alter the way utilities drive customer energy savings programs in Iowa. The bill has already passed the Senate and is now eligible to go to a debate on the House floor. What Would the Bill Do? In its current form, the bill would make a variety of changes to the state’s energy efficiency policies, including a cap on energy efficiency that would not allow utilities to charge more than 2% of a customer’s bill to pay for both energy efficiency and demand response programs, as well as a switch from the Societal Cost Test to a Total Resource Cost Test. A separate bill, SSB 3078, is currently in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. This bill…

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