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Efficiency is Key to Reaching 100% Carbon-Free Power

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In recent weeks, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin have all outlined plans to reach 100% carbon-free power by 2050. And each of these proposals would significantly increase investments in energy efficiency, a vital component to any 100% clean energy goal. How Efficiency Helps Us Get to Carbon-Free Generation With the focus on carbon-emitting energy generation, it is important to remember the value of reducing the overall load on the electric grid. Simply subtracting megawatts of coal and adding an equal amount of solar or wind is not the most prudent or cost-effective way to meet our 21st Century energy needs. As the most affordable energy resource, energy efficiency helps control costs for customers while advancing smart grid management…

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Workshop Recap: Harnessing Technology to Engage Customers

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The year 2007 was an unforgettable year for multiple reasons. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (the final book of the series) was released, Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on Climate Change, and it sparked the start of the subprime mortgage crisis which sent America into the greatest recession since the great depression. But, perhaps more influential than anything else was when Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world. The iPhone took the world by storm, completely changing the way society interacts with technology and the way technology interacts with society. Fast forward to the present day and the iPhone still looks largely the same, but the connected market developed around the iPhone continues to expand at a…

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Victory in Ohio: Energy Efficiency Rollback Bill Stalls without Action

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With the conclusion of the 132nd General Assembly Session on December 31, 2018, a bill to significantly curtail Ohio’s energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) officially died, leaving the state’s clean energy economy preserved. This was a victory for Ohio’s many clean energy jobs, its economy, customers’ energy bills and the environment. But the path to victory was not easy, and a diverse set of stakeholders, including MEEA, spent two years working with policymakers to ensure they understood the benefits of energy efficiency and the potential costs of passing H.B. 114. A Brief History The debate over Ohio’s EERS has been an ongoing fight in Columbus for the last five years. While the state has historically been a leader on energy…

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