MEEA Webinars

Policy Perspectives for an Evolving Energy Efficiency Landscape

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2019-07-16T12:00:00 - 2019-07-16T13:00:00

The world of energy is rapidly changing, and energy efficiency must adapt as a viable resource. In this webinar, Carmen Best, Director of Policy & Emerging Markets at Recurve (formerly OpenEE) will review some of the historic pillars of energy efficiency policy, and explore some of the key transitions necessary for success in the future. Transparent quantification of changes in energy consumption, performance based accountability and large scale financing establish a new pathway to expand energy efficiency.

Communicating the Value of Benchmarking and Energy Efficiency

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2019-06-27T11:00:00 - 2019-06-27T12:00:00

Join us as we discuss navigating the challenges of communicating the values of benchmarking and energy efficiency. We have invited four panelists who will detail their experience with this process. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion of best practices! 


  • Sean Sullivan – Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Chris Philbrick – APTIM
  • James McClanahan – Energy Management Consulting LLC
  • George Stevens – Maryhurst School

Cannabis Energy Efficiency: Policies and Programs

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2019-04-02T12:00:00 - 2019-04-02T13:00:00

Cannabis cultivation is an energy-intensive sector: energy consumption per square foot for indoor grow operations is about ten times that of a typical office building. Production (and consumption) of marijuana has been growing rapidly, especially in the 10 states with legalized recreational marijuana. For example in Denver, Colorado, the legal cannabis industry currently accounts for about 4 percent of the city’s total electricity consumption. At the same time, the illicit production of marijuana in the U.S. continues to account for more than half of all U.S. marijuana production.

Valuing Energy Efficiency in Real Estate Transactions

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2019-03-26T14:00:00 - 2019-03-26T15:00:00

Join the Midwest Home Performance Collaborative for a webinar where we discuss the importance of recognizing energy efficiency features during real estate transactions. Presenters from Pearl Certification and the Missouri Home Energy Certification Program will share the innovative ways in which they ensure that the value of home performance upgrades is captured when efficient homes are sold.

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EE Technical Resource Manual for Small Utilities

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2019-04-04T13:00:00 - 2019-04-04T14:00:00

Please join us for a webinar summarizing work done by OSP, NREL, and MEEA on an energy efficiency technical resource manual!

Who should join: DOE and NREL regional energy efficiency stakeholders


  • Welcome and project context (DOE/NREL)
  • MEEA presentation
  • Next steps Q&A

Evaluating the need for a regional energy efficiency technical resource manual for small utilities in the Midwest


The Mail-In Rebate is Holding Back Water Heater Programs— But There’s a Better Way

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2018-11-07T11:00:00 - 2018-11-07T12:00:00

Did you know that nearly 20% of the energy a household uses goes to water heating? But many utilities are missing out on serious energy savings by relying on frustrating and ineffectual consumer mail-in rebates. 

In this webinar, A. O. Smith will show how utilities can transition to a model that’s up to 10x more effective: distributor midstream instant discounts. We’ll cover the size of the prize, the benefits of midstream programs, and implementation best practices for wholesale, retail and for low-income housing.

The Quiet Revolution in Cost-Effectiveness Testing

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2018-10-17T13:00:00 - 2018-10-17T14:00:00

The cost-effectiveness tests used for energy efficiency programs are decades old and, in many cases, haven’t kept up with the energy policy goals of the states that use them. The National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM) is an attempt to bring cost-effectiveness testing up to date to meet modern needs. 

In this webinar, we’ll get an inside look at why the State of Minnesota re-evaluated their tests and how they used the NSPM to envision a new, customized Minnesota Test. 

Encouraging Energy Efficiency at the County Level

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2018-09-28T12:00:00 - 2018-09-28T13:00:00

Hennepin County, Minnesota is working to make it easier for mid to small size cities to pass energy benchmarking disclosure policies. Utilizing the power of collaborative purchasing, Hennepin County has created a comprehensive set of services for cities that want to pass their own benchmarking policy. Working closely with the City of Minneapolis, the county is looking to streamline the process and create consistency across the region. You'll learn directly from the county about their efforts and their successes.