MEEA Minute Monthly Newsletter - July 2015

MES Conference Sponsorship | Hiring Policy Director 

MEEA Minute Newsletter
July 2015


In This Issue

• Become a Conference Sponsor
• Now Hiring: Director of Policy
• Clean Power Plan Working Group
• Webinar Series: IEA Award Winners
• Conference Advisory Committee
• Inspiring Efficiency Award Nominations
• MES 2016 Call for Topics

• "Principles of Demand-Side Management" Training
• Member News
• HUD Multi-Family Meeting
• Seeking Codes Trainers in KY
• Midwest LUMEN Recap
• Upcoming BOC Trainings

Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2016 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Now Available

The Midwest Energy Solutions Conference is the premier event for energy efficiency in the region. Become a conference sponsor today to gain unique access to more than 600 of the Midwest’s leaders on energy issues.
MEEA is offering a variety of sponsorship levels and benefit packages including complimentary add-ons. Learn more about sponsorship benefits and rates at http://www.meeaconference.org/sponsorship.

New Sponsorship Add-Ons

This year we are excited to introduce three new paid sponsorship add-ons:

  • Provide coffee service to attendees,
  • Present an exclusive 20-minute demo on the Expo Hall stage, or
  • Have MEEA tailor a custom sponsorship opportunity just for you –select “Contact me” under “Paid Add-Ons” when registering as a sponsor.

All add-ons are first-come, first-served and have limited availability. Reserve yours by becoming a sponsor today


MEEA is Hiring a Director of Policy

We’re looking for a Director of Policy to lead MEEA’s Energy Efficiency and Building Policy work. The Director of Policy will be responsible for MEEA’s local, state and regional policy initiatives, including developing and implementing advocacy campaigns, producing energy efficiency research and creating messaging and materials to support energy efficiency. Working with the Executive Director, the Director of Policy will be the lead contact with foundation and government funders and will be a leading representative for MEEA with Governors, legislators, commissioners and state regulatory staff.

For more information about qualifications and duties, see the full job posting.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to jobs@mwalliance.org with the subject line “Director of Policy” by Friday, July 24th, 2015. 


Business Member Opportunity: Join MEEA’s Clean Power Plan Working Group

MEEA's Clean Power Plan Working Group is open to MEEA’s energy efficiency-related business members—including energy service companies, manufacturers, retailers, contractors and consultants—and is being convened to ensure that the maximum amount of cost-effective energy efficiency is included in state or multi-state compliance plans required for EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan.
The working group will provide governors, air regulators, public utility commissions and state energy offices in the Midwest with the information that they need to accurately account for energy efficiency in their compliance plans. In addition, MEEA will work closely with EPA Region 5 staff to coordinate compliance efforts.

The second meeting of the Clean Power Plan Working Group will be held on Thursday, July 23rd. Working group meetings are an opportunity for members to engage with Clean Power Plan experts and discuss issues and opportunities for energy efficiency as a compliance mechanism in preparation for the release of the final rule.
If your business is interested in participating, please contact Julia Friedman, Senior Policy Manager, at jfriedman@mwalliance.org or (312) 784-7265. 


Upcoming Webinar Series:
2015 Inspiring Efficiency Award Winners

Join MEEA for a three-part webinar series highlighting our 2015 Inspiring Efficiency Award winners. Learn about new and effective programs in the region, while seeing some great examples of what it takes to win an Inspiring Efficiency Award.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award Winners [register]

  • Retrofit Chicago: City of Chicago – Encouraging energy efficiency improvements across the residential, commercial and municipal sectors
  • Illinois Energy Now: Efficient Living Public Housing Authority Program –Providing grants to encourage residents, designers  and contractors involved in public housing to incorporate renewables and energy efficient practices

Tuesday, August 25th , 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Inspiring Efficiency Education and Marketing Award Winners [register]

  • Nicor Gas: “What’s in the Box?” – Using  online quizzes, infographics, ads and more to teach consumers about furnaces and the benefits of upgrading to energy efficient units
  • Nicor Gas: energySMART Customer Journey Marketing Strategy – Implementing customer journey-mapping to drive the creation of a Customer Stories video series

Wednesday, September 9th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Inspiring Efficiency Innovation Award Winners [register]

  • DTE Energy: DTE insight – Developing a smartphone app to provide customers real-time data to encourage energy-saving behaviors
  • AEP Ohio: Continuous Energy Improvement Program – Helping participants implement strategic energy management to reduce bills 5-15% with little to no capital investment

Join MEEA’s Conference Advisory Committee

The Conference Advisory Committee is composed of MEEA members and board members who help shape the annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. During conference calls, committee members give input on agenda items, plan the Inspiring Efficiency Awards and improve MES based on feedback from last year’s event.
To join the Conference Advisory Committee, email conference@mwalliance.org. Meetings will begin in late August. 


Apply for the Inspiring Efficiency Awards

Do you know an organization or leader who goes above and beyond to make the community more energy efficient?  Nominate them for an Inspiring Efficiency Award!
The Inspiring Efficiency Awards recognize programs, organizations and individuals who deliver groundbreaking achievements in energy efficiency in five categories: Education, Impact, Innovation, Leadership and Marketing.
Applicants don’t need to be MEEA members or headquartered in the Midwest to be considered, but you must demonstrate your project’s impact in one of the 13 states MEEA serves.

How to Apply

For information and applications, visit www.meeaconference.org/awards. The deadline for nominations is September 18, 2015. 


Suggest a Topic for the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

We want your help to make the 2016 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference the best MES yet! Open to MEEA members only, we’re asking about the speakers and topics you’d like to see on the agenda.
Submit your idea for a plenary session, keynote speaker or breakout discussion by September 18, 2015. 


AESP "Principles of Demand Side Management" Training

For the first time ever the AESP Chicago Chapter will be organizing a full-day training session on the Principles of Demand-Side Management. This training course is typically offered during AESP national conferences, and now we are bringing it to AESP members at a 40% discount. The training will take place on August 13th at the MEEA offices, right before the AESP Annual Rooftop Party.
Course objectives:

  • Learn how DSM investments translate into long-term resources
  • Discover best practices from industry experts for building and delivering effective DSM portfolios
  • Understand how to launch or realign your DSM initiatives

Who should attend?

  • Anyone involved in DSM/energy efficiency policy, program planning and design, regulatory support, program implementation and management, marketing, technology and program evaluation.

Click here to register or contact Rose Jordan at rjordan@mwalliance.org for more information.


Member News


New Cadmus Report: “Smart Thermostats: Can You Teach an Old Thermostat New Tricks?”

For many utilities, the question remains: What impact do smart thermostats have on energy savings? In a new article published by The Cadmus Group, they discuss the issue at length and speak about their work with two utility partners in Indiana, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and Vectren. Learn about the results of the first ever smart thermostat pilots in their territory. Read the article online >> 

Keep Your Cool: Chiller Operation and Maintenance Fundamentals

Thursday, August 13th | Eau Claire, WI - Register
Presenter: William A. Ryan, Ph.D. PE, Director of the Master of Energy Engineering Program, University of Illinois at Chicago
During this half-day course, we'll discuss how to operate and maintain chillers for optimal efficiency and life span. We'll review what distinguishes chillers from other cooling systems and share best practices for operation and maintenance. We'll also address heat recovery concepts for both large and small chiller systems and their applicability to existing systems. Ultimately, you'll learn what it takes to make better decisions when it comes to operating and maintaining chillers, as well as how to develop a preventive maintenance plan for a centralized chiller system. There will also be discussion of heat recovery concepts and their application to chiller systems; natural gas- or fuel-fired cooling and its use in cogeneration plants (CHP) and the future of on-site generation and cogeneration. Learn more and register today.


MEEA Delivers Keynote at HUD Multi-Family Meeting

Last month, MEEA staff members participated in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Multi-Family Convening Meeting in Chicago. The event evaluated opportunities for multi-family buildings to save energy and participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.
MEEA Executive Director Stacey Paradis delivered the keynote speech outlining the investments, current standards and challenges within the energy efficiency industry related to multi-family housing. Ms. Paradis emphasized the cost-saving and quality of life improvements enabled by energy efficiency, particularly for low-income renters.  Read on at MEEA Unplugged >>


Kentucky Advanced Energy Services Trainer RFQ

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, in association with the Kentucky Dept. of Housing, Buildings and Construction (DHBC) and the Kentucky Dept. of Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), is seeking qualified contractors to provide advanced training services for the Kentucky Codes Compliance Improvement Study
The intent of the training program is to provide tightly-focused residential energy code training in the areas of HVAC Sizing, Duct Sealing, Duct Design, Basement Insulation and Insulation Installation. Target audiences include code officials, builders, sub-contractors, design professionals and other energy code stakeholders. 
The trainer will both develop the training curricula and materials, and teach all classes for that topic area. There will be a minimum of four classes taught for each topic area. Trainings will be held throughout the state of Kentucky from October 2015 through September 2017.
RFQ materials can be downloaded at www.mwalliance.org/foa-rfp, and any questions can be emailed to foa-rfp@mwalliance.org.


Midwest LUMEN June Meeting and Reception Recap

On June 24th, representatives from twelve Midwest utilities met via conference call to discuss advanced lighting programs in the Midwest. Topics varied from new LED technology trends from LIGHTFAIR to U.S. DOE research presentations and more. Once again, this proved an excellent forum for information sharing across utility boundaries.
Midwest LUMEN would like to thank Vicki Campbell of DTE Energy for her two years of service and leadership as the group’s inaugural chair, and welcomes Gary Enama from AEP Ohio, who will lead Midwest LUMEN for the next two-year term.
Contact Rose Jordan at rjordan@mwalliance.org for more information about Midwest LUMEN or opportunities to get involved. 


Building Operator Certification Classes 

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Upcoming BOC Series

Illinois: Chicago Level I
Illinois: Chicago Level II
Illinois: Peoria Level I
Iowa: Iowa City Level I
Kansas: Wichita Level II
Michigan: Bay City Level I
Michigan: Lansing Level I

Start Date

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Check www.BOCcentral.org for upcoming Fall 2015 dates.

Tuition rebates may be available through your local utility. Register and find more information at www.BOCcentral.org. Contact us at boc@mwalliance.org or (855) 420-1785. 
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