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Workshop Recap: Exploring Community-Based Approaches to Inclusive Energy Efficiency

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Energy efficiency holds great potential to deliver the benefits of a clean energy transition to marginalized Black and Brown communities. However, it is imperative that programs and policies be developed by centering the perspectives of members within those communities and their representative organizations. In doing so, we can move more effectively toward energy equity. As an organization that serves to represent and advance the energy efficiency sector in the Midwest, MEEA is committed to ensuring that benefits of investments flow to historically excluded communities. MEEA held a workshop at our annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference that featured voices from community action agencies, community-based organizations and implementers…

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Workshop Recap: Building Your Hiring Toolbox With Workforce Development Strategies

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The 2022 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference brought numerous conversations on a variety of topics in and out of the sessions. A trending topic for many attendees was workforce development. The energy industry is no stranger to these discussions, as it becomes increasingly present in state policies like Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act and on a federal level through funding allocated by the Biden-Harris Administration. During MES, attendees were able to attend a workshop focused on workforce development strategies with a strong trio of table facilitators. MEEA Board President Kristol Simms from Ameren Illinois led one of the tables. As Ameren Illinois’ Sr. Director of Energy Efficiency and Regulatory Policy Implementation, Simms…

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Meet the 2022 Midwest Energy Solutions Scholarship Recipients

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During the 2022 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference, MEEA welcomed 11 students from across the Midwest to join more than 400 industry professionals in Chicago. The scholarship, generously sponsored by ComEd, covered registration, hotel and travel costs for each student to attend the conference. The scholarship was open to college, graduate and trade students from our 13-state footprint. This year’s recipients, Ayush Chobe (University of Illinois at Chicago), Dorian Cyubahiro (Bradley University), Giulianna Giordano (Calvin University), Ken Hultquist (University of Illinois at Chicago), Ritvik Jain (University of Michigan), Fahman Khan (Bradley University), Rishi Madethatt (University of Michigan), Saarah Maxon (University of Michigan),…

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Midwest Cities at the Forefront of Building Performance Standards

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The Midwest is leading the way in efforts to advance Building Performance Standards. With the launch of the Biden-Harris Administration’s new Building Performance Standards Coalition, eight of the 33 state and local governments that signed on to make buildings healthier, more efficient and more affordable hail from our region. The coalition aligns with President Biden’s goals to retrofit four million buildings and two million homes in his first term, and we are proud to see Midwestern cities at the forefront of these plans. The jurisdictions in the overall coalition represent nearly 20% of the total building square footage in the United States. A Building Performance Standard (BPS) is a policy that sets performance requirements for…

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2022 Inspiring Efficiency Award Winners

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The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is excited to announce the winners of the 18th annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards. Each year, we honor leaders and innovators in the energy efficiency industry across five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Innovation and Marketing. MEEA is proud to highlight and uplift the groundbreaking achievements in our industry as we move forward and continue to advance energy efficiency throughout the Midwest. It is our pleasure to recognize so many impactful individuals, organizations and programs. This year’s winners are: Education: DTE Energy and Consumers Energy New Home Construction Programs Education: Focus on Energy Impact: Consumers Energy Impact: Peoples Gas Public Sector Energy…

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MEEA Research: New Report Demonstrates EE's Immense Value to the Region

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Over the past 15 years, utility-run energy efficiency programming has produced significant energy savings, customer cost savings and a host of system-wide and societal benefits throughout the Midwest. Unfortunately, these benefits are not fully understood or recognized by many state legislators and other policymakers. As a result, MEEA and other energy efficiency industry experts must recurringly defend EE policies from those who misunderstand how efficiency is funded, its value and impact for utility customers and its widespread benefits within individual states and throughout the region. Over the last few years, there have been a number of Midwestern states passing policies that reduce and impede energy efficiency programs which then act…

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Andy Johnson and the Winneshiek Energy District | Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award

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The Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award is presented to individuals or organizations who are strong leaders for energy efficiency in their city, state, region or community. 2021 brought many great applicants, but there were two that went above and beyond. Today we are highlighting Andy Johnson and the Winneshiek Energy District, one of the two 2021 Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award Winners. Andy Johnson has been a leader in clean energy efforts for communities across the Midwest. From his hometown in Decorah, Iowa where he first planted the seeds of the Energy District movement and founded the Winneshiek Energy District, to cities across the Midwest, Johnson has been pushing for the clean energy movement for over a decade. His work…

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Ohio Environmental Council | Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award

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Each year, the Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award is presented to the organization or individual who has served as a strong leader in support of energy efficiency in their city, state, region, company or community. In 2021, there were two recipients of the Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Awards. Today we are highlighting the Ohio Environmental Council for their outstanding leadership in advocating, convening, organizing and facilitating the Ohio state energy table. This collection of stakeholders advocates for legislation that incorporates energy efficiency for consumers and ratepayers. OEC continues to unify stakeholders and spread knowledge on the value of energy efficiency, specifically in the political context of Ohio. Through…

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