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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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MEEA Members Gather for 2018 Annual Meeting

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On June 20-21, MEEA members from across the country united for the Annual Meeting of the Membership in Louisville, KY. Fueled by hot browns and watermelon salad, MEEA members swapped ideas, strengthened relationships and looked ahead at the coming year in energy efficiency. Pre-Events The festivities started Wednesday, June 20 with a meeting of board members running concurrent to a workshop for early arriving attendees. The workshop “To Efficiency and Beyond” placed a spotlight on distributed energy resources (DERs) including microgrids, electric vehicles, data analytics and more. Experts from DNV GL, University of Illinois – Energy Resources Center, First Fuel, Oracle and D+R International discussed DERs as they relate to resiliency and…

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