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2020 Inspiring Efficiency Award Winners

Richard Mark Receiving the 2019 Leadership Award

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is excited to announce the winners of the 16th annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards, honoring leaders and innovators in the energy efficiency community across five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Innovation and Marketing. 2019 has been a great year for advancing energy efficiency throughout the Midwest and MEEA is proud to recognize so many impactful individuals, organizations and programs. This year’s winners are: Leadership: Senator Megan Hunt Education: School Energy Manager Project (SEMP), Kentucky School Boards Association Impact: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Light Up Avondale Program Innovation: ComEd, Virtual Commissioning Program Innovation: Focus on…

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Policymakers Ask: What Are EE Jobs?

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During the MEEA policy team’s meetings with legislators, regulators and advocates this fall, staff were frequently asked about energy efficiency’s economic impact. Regardless of political affiliation, district demographics or policy priorities, all lawmakers wanted a deeper understanding of how energy efficiency creates jobs and what the sector’s impact is on the local economy. This blog answers policymakers’ most frequently asked questions. What is an EE job? There are energy efficiency jobs in many career fields. There are jobs in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, lighting, appliances and building materials. Architects with advanced degrees are needed, as are highly skilled mechanics and data managers. Across America, the…

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Utility System Impacts of Energy Efficiency: Taking Nothing for Granted

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In the 36 years since the California Standard Practice Manual (CaSPM) was first released, cost-effectiveness testing has spread across the country following the growth of utility customer-funded energy efficiency. The California tests have been adopted by utilities, consultants, regulatory commissions and legislators to determine whether an energy efficiency measure or program is worth pursuing and whether a completed program performed as expected. Fundamentally, a cost-effectiveness test measures the total benefits divided by the total costs, and passes if the ratio is greater than or equal to 1.0. Over the course of three and a half decades, cost-effectiveness testing for energy efficiency has become so ubiquitous that we have almost…

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