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2022 BOC Building Operator of the Year

Matt Wardell BOC Operator of the Year 2022

We are excited to highlight this year’s BOC Building Operator of the Year: Matthew Wardell! Matthew is a Building Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Kentwood, Michigan. The Building Operator of the Year is chosen by the Smart Buildings Center (SBC) and the national Building Operator Certification (BOC) program, which collect nominations from across the country of people working to improve the energy efficiency of their work environment using skills they learned in the BOC program. The selection committee then votes based on the level of impact of nominees’ energy efficiency project(s) and accomplishment(s), as well as how they have made a difference in their own company and work environment.  Matthew Wardell received a Training…

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Polls Predicted a Red Wave, But What About a Green Wave? EE Policy Implications from the 2022 Midterm Elections

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With another election in the books, the Midwest political landscape looks a little bit different. Much of the attention this legislative season was focused on who would control the US Senate and House of Representatives, but with nine Governors races and thousands of state legislative seats in MEEA states up for grabs, results will be very impactful. Democrats had a relatively strong showing at both the federal and state levels, averting some of the losses predicted by some pundits and polls.   For deeper analysis, watch the recording of MEEA’s webinar on the election results and the impacts on Midwestern energy policy here.  Federal  Much of the attention this midterm election was on who would control the US Senate…

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13th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference Recap

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MEEA’s 13th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference took place earlier this month, running from Tuesday, November 8 through Thursday, November 10, 2022. The virtual conference had no shortage of lively discussion and useful information presented.    Pre-Conference Day  The conference began with a pre-conference panel on heat pumps and a workshop on the State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) platform.  Panelists in the heat pump session discussed the most opportune times to replace existing equipment with a heat pump, real-world challenges and benefits of installing a heat pump, cost considerations and equity implications of widespread heat pump adoption. The speakers also engaged with participants on…

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