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Pence could leave state with no energy standards for buildings

Indiana could be without an energy code for up to two years after the Pence administration decided against extending the current one—a move that critics say could have negative results for Hoosiers’ energy bills and lead to a “slumlord’s dream” scenario.

The state’s energy conservation code—which covers commercial buildings and apartments and sets minimum energy standards—expires Dec. 31.

Pence refused to help Carrier in 2014

12/01/16 08:09 PM EST

Vice-president-elect Mike Pence turned down a request from Carrier two years ago to veto a bill that rolled back the state's energy efficiency program, a move the furnace maker warned would hurt its business there and lead to job cuts.

How Midwest states are pursuing efficiency amid trend against mandates

While the political landscape in Midwest states shows a growing reluctance to mandate utility spending on energy efficiency, some states are still gaining ground in reducing energy use by approaching it from different sectors.

Meet America's super polluters

 To see one of the country’s largest coal-fired power plants, head northwest from this Ohio River city. Or east, because there’s another in the region. In fact, nearly every direction you go will take you to a coal plant — seven within 30 miles.

Collectively they pump out millions of pounds of toxic air pollution. They throw off greenhouse gases on par with Hong Kong or Sweden.

Looking Forward: Lessons in Energy Efficiency from Canada

Is Canada ahead in the turtle race to energy efficiency in North America? The always-witty Phillipe Dunsky, president of Dunsky Energy Consulting, thinks that while Canada’s past on that front might have been humdrum, it’s a whole new era now.

For that, credit Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, contended Dunsky at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s 2016 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. He noted that until three months ago, the two countries possessed very similar energy-efficiency perspectives:

Breaking News: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Conference

Heidi and the breaking news team caught up with vendors and attendees of the 2016 Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Conference. There was one thing in common between all of the team's interviews: MEEA is everyone's favorite conference of the year.

Watch the video at Advisor.TV

Energy savings at stake in St. Louis County building code fight

By Jacob Barker for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

About every six years, St. Louis County begins a long, complicated — some would say boring — process of updating its construction codes.

This time, environmental groups say the process is something residents should carefully watch, because proposals to weaken energy efficiency codes for new homes are moving forward.

Proposed energy efficiency standards for new homes spark controversy in St. Louis County

By Véronique LaCapra for St. Louis Public Radio:

"The Missouri Sierra Club is raising the alarm that new residential building codes under review by St. Louis County would reduce home energy efficiency below existing standards.

But the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri (HBA) believes the changes are needed.

Ohio Businesses Encouraged to Use Cogged V-Belts

May 29, 2015 By Linda Hardesty - Energy Manager Today

Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) is participating in a program with Argonne National Laboratories, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and AEP Ohio to encourage distributors of commercial products to sell energy efficient cogged (or notched) V-belts.