Nick Dreher

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Policy Director

Nick Dreher is the Policy Director of MEEA and is responsible for overseeing MEEA's policy and advocacy operations. 

Leveraging a decade of experience in natural resources public policy, Nick is committed to increasing awareness and impact of energy efficiency policies throughout the Midwest, with a special focus on energy equity and inclusion, industrial policy and energy efficiency's economic and societal benefits. His areas of expertise include: affordable multifamily energy efficiency, industrial energy efficiency, integrated resource planning, energy efficiency resource standards and cost-effectiveness testing.

Nick was named as one of the 2019 recipients of Midwest Energy News' 40 Under 40 leaders in the clean energy economy. 

Nick has been with MEEA since 2015, most recently serving as Senior Policy Manager, and was responsible for advancing state energy efficiency policies while developing strategic relationships with decision makers and energy efficiency industry stakeholders. Prior to joining MEEA, Nick worked in coastal zone management and land use policy, processing development permits, drafting coastal policy language and working to maintain unfettered coastal shoreline access for the public.

Nick earned a J.D. and a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School and a B.A. in Rhetoric at the University of California, at Berkeley. In his free time, Nick enjoys backpacking, hiking, biking and spending time with his partner Mary and two dogs, Hattie and Arrow.

Author Latest Articles

Leading Manufacturers Embrace Energy Efficiency, Despite Policy Setbacks

The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency (AIE) recently released a new report analyzing the energy efficiency and sustainability goals of the nation’s…

Policy Summit Preview: Good EE Policy for Economic Growth

Energy efficiency investments and their resulting energy savings drive financial benefits throughout the Midwest region. To spread these benefits, on…

Industrial EE Problems? Go Straight to the Source

Industrial energy efficiency is losing ground in the Midwest. Though it’s one of the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures, states are…

New Research: Industrial Opt-Outs Undermine Energy Savings

With increased constraints on our nation’s electric grid—a combination of growing energy demand and aging generation/infrastructure— energy experts…

Michigan’s IRP Assessment Kicks Off this Week

The MPSC’s IRP Authority One big story coming out of the Michigan energy package enacted this past December is the significant authority given to…

Michigan Gov. Snyder Signs Pro-Efficiency Energy Package

On December 21, 2016, Governor Snyder signed into law a comprehensive energy bill package (PA 341/PA 342) that the Michigan legislature…