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How Can We Fix the EE Industry's Lack of Diversity?

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Utilities across the Midwest have invested billions of dollars in energy efficiency programs over the past several years, causing the energy efficiency workforce to flourish. However, the industry remains largely homogeneous and lacks diversity in trade ally suppliers, implementers and other program administrators. Important steps could be taken to identify and engage minority-owned and women-owned businesses to ensure access to opportunities and increase their participation in energy efficiency programs. To their credit, several utilities and states across the region have undertaken supplier diversity initiatives, with each approaching the diversification in different ways.  In our new whitepaper, Winning Contracts and Developing…

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Leading Manufacturers Embrace Energy Efficiency, Despite Policy Setbacks

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The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency (AIE) recently released a new report analyzing the energy efficiency and sustainability goals of the nation’s 160 largest manufacturing companies. The report identifies the states with the most facilities with these goals, and four Midwest states—Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana—made the top 10. What’s clear from AIE’s report is that even in states where energy efficiency policies have been rolled back, many prudent businesses have maintained their commitment to energy efficiency through internal goals. Energy-Intensive Manufacturing Remains a Pillar of the Midwest Economy The Midwest accounts for 32% of the nation’s total industrial electricity consumption and manufacturing represents a…

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Millions of Americans Struggle to Meet their Energy Needs – Efficiency Can Help

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Nationwide, over 16 million households struggle to meet their heating, cooling and other energy needs, but energy efficiency is increasingly recognized as a potential solution to this problem. In 2018, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri began holding income qualified energy efficiency stakeholder collaboratives to strengthen program design and delivery for these communities. Throughout the Midwest, decision makers across the political spectrum recognize the value of low-income energy efficiency in helping families afford their basic energy needs. About the Workshop On June 21, at MEEA’s 2018 Annual Meeting, Policy Manager Molly Graham and Senior Policy Associate Leah Scull hosted a workshop that explored the common challenges, potential…

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