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Partnering with Missouri Communities: Roadmap to Resilience

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In the last several years, the Midwest’s rural and urban communities alike have seen increased risks to their infrastructure, including underinvestment, flooding, extreme heat and cold, drought and tornadoes, among others. While the threats vary by community, the need for resilience planning is consistent. Resilience planning focuses on the ability of a community to withstand, adapt to and reduce the impact of chronic stressors, like declining populations and high energy burden, or acute shocks, like natural disasters. The considerations for each municipality, state and region are different, as are their assets and challenges. However, much of the support for planning has focused on major cities, not the smaller cities and towns that…

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Is It Over Yet? - Energy Efficiency Policy Implications Following a November 2020 Election Season

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As we start 2021, it's time to unpack the energy efficiency implications from the November 2020 elections for our region. The election outcomes tell a story of two political realities for Midwesterners – Democrats decisively sweep at the federal level and Republicans strengthen their hold throughout the predominately conservative Midwest. While we can expect clean energy policy prioritization nationally, the majority of the Midwest will see it defined through executive action by Democratic governors and much less debate and action in most state legislatures. But we know that any lasting energy policy will require bipartisan cooperation for passage and successful implementation. With numerous energy bills expected to be reintroduced in new…

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Conference Recap: 11th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference

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Last month, MEEA hosted the 11th annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference. This year’s conference was held virtually October 20-22, and while the event felt a little different than previous years, participants new and old still relished insightful sessions and discussions from our top-tier speakers and attendees. Day 1 The conference kicked off with welcoming remarks from MEEA’s Building Program Director, Chris Burgess. MEEA shared insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our region, including how it has influenced policymaking efforts, code effective dates and energy efficiency jobs in the region. Following these remarks, representatives from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,…

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