MEEA Minute Monthly Newsletter - January 2017


2017 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

Join the leaders and innovators in energy efficiency at the 2017 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference, February 22-24 in Chicago!

We’re just one month away from the conference, so register now for three days of insightful panels and unparalleled networking. 

Hotel Reservations

Reserve your room at the conference hotel by Friday, February 3 to receive the reduced rate exclusively for MES attendees. 

Sponsor Opportunities

From scrappy startups to industry giants, MES sponsors are the leaders in energy efficiency. It’s not too late to sign up to sponsor or exhibit at MES 2017. Learn more about perks and prices

Pre-Conference Events

Advanced Lighting Reception Feb. 21 from 5 7pm at MEEA's Office
Build relationships in MEEA's advanced lighting community at this illuminating evening of great networking, gourmet appetizers and signature drinks.

Midwest EE 101Feb. 22 from 8:30am -11:30am at Chicago Hilton
New to the industry/region and looking to get an overview of the region’s energy efficiency policies and program nuances? Join MEEA’s Stacey Paradis and Will Baker for a Midwest EE 101 course before MES 2017.

PACEmakers: Making PACE Financing Work for Multifamily Buildings
Feb. 22 from 8:15am – 11:45 at Chicago Hilton
This free meeting will explore the promise and challenges that property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing holds for achieving energy savings in multifamily buildings.

Midwest Home Performance Collaborative
Feb. 22 from 10am – 11:30am at Chicago Hilton
Join fellow home performance professionals for an opportunity to collaborate, share best practices and hear presentations from US DOE and the financing experts at Michigan Saves.

February Midwest LUMEN Meeting

Tuesday, February 21 - Wednesday, February 22

Midwest LUMEN connects utility program professionals throughout the region to leverage resources, engage in strategic planning and coordinate efforts on advanced lighting. Over the last four years, this tight-knit peer exchange has collaborated closely to learn about the evolving advanced lighting industry opportunities, identify best practices and disseminate them among MEEA member utilities.
If you are an electric utility employee involved in commercial, industrial or residential lighting programs, please contact Rose Jordan at (312) 673-2487 or rjordan@mwalliance.org for information about joining the peer exchange and attending the meeting. Space is limited. 


Clean Power Plan Update

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) is currently stayed by the Supreme Court and is being litigated at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Even if the CPP survives legal challenge, the likelihood that the rule will be fully implemented appears slim following the U.S. presidential election. President-elect Donald Trump has stated that he wants to eliminate the CPP, although he has not specified how his administration plans on doing so.

The EPA recently withdrew a number of draft documents it had proposed in August 2015 when it issued the final Clean Power Plan. These documents include the draft Model Trading Rules and draft EM&V Guidance for Demand-Side Energy Efficiency. Read on at MEEA Unplugged >>


Michigan Gov. Snyder Signs Pro-Efficiency Energy Package

On December 21, 2016, Governor Snyder signed into law a comprehensive energy bill that gives additional authority to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to 1) initiate a process for reviewing utilities' integrated resource plans on a three year basis and 2) administer various regulatory mechanisms.

The legislation retains the current 1% (electric) and 0.75% (natural gas) annual energy efficiency standards. However, beginning in 2021, the MPSC will open a docket to determine the appropriate mandated energy efficiency targets for each rate-regulated electric provider. The legislation also removes a 2% cap on the rates that utilities can charge customers to pay for energy efficiency programs.

Learn more about bill’s energy efficiency provisions, the future of EE in the state and MEEA’s legislator outreach efforts at MEEA Unplugged

Iowa Releases State Energy Plan

On December 21, Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, along with the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress released the Iowa Energy Plan. The plan will serve as a guide for the development of an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy system within the state that maximizes Iowa’s economic potential.

What does the plan mean for energy efficiency? Read on >>


Kasich Cites MEEA Research in Veto of Freeze Extension

On December 27, Ohio Governor John Kasich vetoed Substitute House Bill 554 (Sub. HB 554), which would have extended Ohio’s two year freeze of the state’s energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) and make a 1% annual energy savings target voluntary through 2018. With Kasich’s veto of Sub. HB 554, Ohio’s EERS will resume on January 1, 2017 at 1% annual energy savings through 2020 and 2% thereafter.

In his rationale for the veto, Kasich stated that “the bill would deal a setback to efforts that are succeeding in helping businesses and homeowners reduce their energy costs through increased efficiency.” The governor’s statement specifically cited economic research by MEEA and the Cadmus Group, The Economic Impacts of Energy Efficiency Investments in Ohio.

For more information about Sub. HB 554 and the future of Ohio’s EERS, read MEEA’s blog post on the veto

Benchmarking Heats Up in the Midwest

In the last month, energy benchmarking at the city level has seen a lot of progress in the Midwest. Kansas City is holding a free multifamily benchmarking data jam, St. Louis will vote on a benchmarking ordinance, Evanston passed a benchmarking ordinance and Chicago released their 2016 Energy Benchmarking Report results.

Read all about these benchmarking milestones at MEEA Unplugged >>


New Reports on Energy Efficiency in Kentucky

MEEA recently released two reports prepared for the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI). The first report: “Energy Efficiency Tracking: Considerations for Kentucky” examines the issuance and tracking of energy efficiency credits – tradeable instruments representing savings generated by energy efficiency projects – and outlines considerations for Kentucky should it seek to leverage energy efficiency credits in the future.
The second report, “Monetizing Energy Efficiency: Implementation Strategies for Kentucky” considers how markets might incentivize investment in energy efficiency in Kentucky, and the strategies that the commonwealth might adopt in order to promote participation in these markets.
For any questions about these reports or MEEA’s EM&V project in Kentucky, please contact Julia Friedman, MEEA’s Senior Policy Manager.

Welcome, New MEEA Members!

Building Science Training Series Courses

Selling the Benefits of "High Performance"

Friday, January 27, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Energy auditors, contractors and architects will learn to better use the key benefits of high-performance energy efficiency components to increase the value of their services and grow sales. Participants will learn to hone their marketing around increased comfort, healthier indoor air quality and lower energy costs. Successful completion of this course will result in 2.0 BPI CEUs. Register >>

BPI Building Science Principles Certificate

Tuesday, January 31 – Wednesday, February 1, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Learn how a home works as a system to provide comfort, energy efficiency, durability and indoor air quality. Topics include insulation, air sealing, mechanical systems and more. Successful completion of this course and exam will result in up to 12 BPI CEUs. To register, email Todd@evergreenhomeenergy.com.

STEP Program Surpasses 350-Building Mark

MEEA’s Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) program targets hard-to-reach public entities within the state and provides them with high-quality energy efficiency products. STEP encourages public sector facilities to save energy by providing occupancy sensors, LED exit signs, LED lamps and more at no cost to the customer.
So far the program has completed or scheduled over 350 engineer-led facility walkthroughs and expects to complete many more before the program year ends. To learn more about the STEP program model and the unique customer population it serves, please visit www.IllinoisSTEP.org.


Member & Partner News 

Cut Costs with Cadmus’ New Meter Leasing Services

Cadmus is proud to announce new meter leasing offerings for a wide range of measurement, evaluation and verification activities. We can provide wired and wireless solutions over Ethernet, Wi-Fi and 3G cellular networks. Our large inventory includes metering equipment for lighting, plug loads, appliances, HVAC, and commercial and industrial loads at a very competitive price. Learn more and reserve yours at: http://energy.cadmusgroup.com/meter-leasing

Seventhwave Course: The 'V' in HVAC: design and control of ventilation systems

February 16 | La Crosse, WI | $199
Ventilation is critical for making a building safe and comfortable. This full-day course will begin with a discussion of ventilation fundamentals, the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 62.1 and an overview of the various types of ventilation systems. Then we will dig deeper into energy saving ventilation strategies, such as demand controlled ventilation and exhaust air energy recovery. Finally, we will discuss the design and control of dedicated outdoor air systems. Learn more and register today.

E Design 2020: Accelerating Utility Innovation for the New Energy Consumer

May 10-11, Hyatt Regency San Francisco
E Source is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative in 2017. E Design 2020 is a first-of-its-kind event focused on creating utility products, services, and experiences for the customer of today and tomorrow, facilitated by design experts from outside the utility space as well as forward-thinking utility leaders. Register today!


Upcoming BOC Classes

Want to improve the comfort of your office while simultaneously improving the efficiency of your building? Tell your building staff about BOC!
BOC is a nationally-recognized training and certification program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures.

Upcoming Series

Illinois: Chicago Level I
Illinois: Chicago Level II
Wisconsin: Multifamily Oak Creek Level I
Illinois: Multifamily Chicago Level I
Illinois: Bloomington Level II
Michigan: Okemos Level I
Minnesota: Duluth Area Level I
Minnesota: Twin Cities Level I
Michigan: Grand Rapids Level I
Illinois: Carterville Level I
Michigan: Flint Level I
Nebraska: Lincoln Level I 
Michigan: Marquette Level I
Ohio: Canton Level I

Start Date

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Tuition discounts are available for veterans in the Midwest! Full tuition scholarships are available for veterans in Illinois thanks to the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

Contact us at boc@mwalliance.org or (855)-420-1785 for more info. 

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