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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Workshop Recap

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The energy efficiency industry represents a wide umbrella of sectors including utilities, academia, community-based organizations, state and local governments, implementers, program designers, manufacturers and many more. With environmental justice at the center of clean energy conversations and unprecedented funding available for efficiency nationwide, cross-sector collaboration is an essential but challenging aspect of building efficient and resilient communities. The 2024 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference provided a forum for hundreds of professionals across the industry to lay the groundwork for our clean energy future. Attendees focused on the role of cross-sector partnerships in the clean energy transition during the workshop A…

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Workshopping the Buzz Around Energy Codes

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The MEEA Building Codes & Policy team hosted the workshop, "To Infinity and Beyond: Workshopping the Buzz about Energy Codes” at the 2024 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. In the planning of this workshop, it was important that the expanding list of benefits that come with advancing energy codes – occupant health, grid impacts, carbon reduction and utility bill savings, to name a few, were a focus of the conversation. It was also important to discuss the challenges faced by states and jurisdictions when adopting energy codes. This includes accessing technical assistance resources, gaining utility program support, engaging with rural as well as urban communities and tracking compliance and enforcement. As building codes are becoming…

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Making the Most of Your MES Experience

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In just a few short days, the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference will return to the Marriott Magnificent Mile in Chicago for its 22nd anniversary as the region’s premier event for all things energy efficiency. With anticipated record attendance numbers and three days jam-packed with educational and networking opportunities, this year’s MES is sure to be one for the books. As a newcomer to both the conference and the EE industry, I connected with veteran MEEA staff and members to get answers to the need-to-know questions surrounding all things MES. Whether this is your first MES, or you’ve been here since the beginning, here are some tips to make the most of your conference experience.   Personalize Your Agenda: With a schedule…

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