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Chicago Proposes 4-Star Rating System for Benchmarking

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Improving energy performance in buildings is a key strategy for the City of Chicago, which has committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. This includes a 26-28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025; the city is currently 40% of the way to meeting that goal. Because the energy used in buildings accounts for over 70% of the city’s current greenhouse gas emissions, reducing building energy use is essential to meeting this goal. To that end, the City of Chicago is proposing new updates to its energy benchmarking ordinance. The current ordinance was established in 2013, and requires commercial and multifamily buildings of 50,000 square feet or more to measure and report on their energy usage. The ordinance covers…

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MEEA's Julia Friedman Named One of Midwest Energy News' "40 Under 40"

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Earlier this month, Midwest Energy News released its annual 40 Under 40, which “highlights emerging leaders through the region and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy.” Included in this auspicious list was MEEA Senior Policy Associate Julia Friedman. Julia is an invaluable member of the MEEA team and the EE industry, advocating for state-level energy efficiency policies and fostering crucial relationships between governments, utilities and other stakeholders. Midwest Energy News also honored several MEEA members including: Angelina Benson-Glanz, Elevate Energy Jessica Burdette, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources Aakash Chandarana, Xcel Energy William Haas,…

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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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