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Webinar on 4/17 Discussion on the DOE Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Healthcare Facilities

Join U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) for a webinar discussion on the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide (AERG) for Healthcare Facilities. As the latest in the series from DOE, this AERG offers comprehensive information and analytical methods for calculating the cost effectiveness of the highest priority measures that should be considered for retrofit projects in hospitals and small outpatient facilities.

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:30pm CST
Register today!

The AERG for Healthcare Facilities helps commercial building owners and managers to plan, design, and implement energy improvements in existing facilities. This guide identifies the unique challenges and opportunities in healthcare facilities, with an emphasis on the most effective commissioning and retrofit measures identified by experts. Each guide presents general project planning guidance as well as detailed descriptions and financial payback metrics for the most important and relevant energy efficiency measures (EEMs). These guides also provide a practical roadmap for effectively planning and implementing performance improvements in existing buildings.

The DOE AERG Guides present a broad range of proven practices that can help energy managers take specific actions throughout the various stages of the retrofit process, resulting in energy savings for many years to come. They are also available for office buildings, K-12 schools, retail stores, and grocery stores.

Speakers for the event are Sonia Punjabi, U.S. Department of Energy, and Bob Hendron, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

To download the newest version of the guide, navigate to:  http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/advanced-energy-retrofit-guides

For more information on whole-building energy usage data, benchmarking, or planning energy savings for commercial buildings, please contact Steve Kismohr, MEEA’s Sr. Technical Manager at skismohr@mwalliance.org or 312.784.7257.

MEEA Member Webinar: Using Energy Code to Lighten your Load

Join MEEA member CSG and special guests from National Grid and Energy Futures Group for the first webinar in the SPARK Series, Using Energy Code to Lighten your Load on Thursday, April 17 at 1 pm EDT (12 pm CDT).

The webinar will discuss how energy code compliance programs offer an attractive and cost-effective opportunity for utilities to capture additional savings. These programs recognize the need to support design and construction professionals with training and technical assistance as they climb the learning curve on advanced energy codes.

Presenters include:

  • Nick Corsetti of National Grid
  • Richard Faesy of Energy Futures Group
  • David Weitz of Conservation Services Group

The presenters will explore code compliance savings attribution as a theory and how to transform program enhancement. Attendees will learn the back story on energy code compliance, a compelling theory for savings attribution, a cost-effective approach to generate savings, and a first-hand account from National Grid on working within regulatory environments and on developing and implementing strategies.

Additionally, the experts at Energy Futures Group break down the evolution of energy codes and offer leading recommendations for this effective savings opportunity. The complimentary paper offered to attendees includes:

  •  A distillation of the recent NEEP report: Attributing Building Energy Code Savings to Energy Efficiency Programs
  • The importance of energy codes
  • A detailed approach to claimed savings

 

Register today! You won’t want to miss out.

 

Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR receives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) with a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering energy efficiency information and services to its customers. DCEO’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014.

DCEO sponsors Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, a successful and fast-growing statewide program coordinated by MEEA. The program helps Illinois homeowners improve the comfort, safety, value, and efficiency of their homes. To date, Illinois Home Performance has awarded Silver and Gold Certificates of Completion to over 2,500 Illinois homeowners. The program has also trained hundreds of home performance contractors in advanced building science and offers an ongoing training program to teach real estate professionals about the value of energy efficiency in Illinois homes.

Through 2013, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Illinois Home Performance sets a high standard for organizations across the country that deliver energy efficiency and environmental programs,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Through Illinois Home Performance, they are demonstrating how Americans can save money and energy while protecting the environment and fighting climate change.”

The 2014 Partner of the Year Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. Award winners are selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

For more information on the Illinois Home Performance program, call 866-395-1032 ext. 1 or visit www.illinoishomeperformance.org. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

MEEA Recruiting BOC Instructors

Why Become an Instructor?

Over 100 BOC classes are held each year in the Midwest and as the number grows, MEEA is always looking for instructors who are passionate about what they do. Teaching BOC is a great opportunity to keep your finger on the pulse of the market, while sharing your knowledge with others in the field.

Instructors teach full day classes in their areas of expertise, using the BOC materials and curriculum provided to cover a wide range of topics including building systems, energy conservation, HVAC systems and controls, facility lighting, environmental health and safety regulations, indoor air quality and facility electrical systems.

Minimum Requirements for BOC Instructors

• 3+ years of experience providing instruction to working professionals in the field(s) of commercial building energy management, facility management, building engineering, operations and maintenance, or a closely related field.
• 2+ years of employment in the field or industry related to the training topic(s) for which the applicant is seeking qualification (e.g., HVAC systems, electrical systems, indoor air quality, etc.).
• Bachelor’s Degree. Work experience may be substituted.
• Willingness to travel to locations where BOC is held.
• For full details, please view NEEC’s BOC Instructor Solicitation

Compensation

Instructors receive competitive rates of compensation. All travel expenses will be reimbursed.
How to Become an Instructor

If you are interested in becoming a BOC Instructor, please contact the BOC Team at boc@mwalliance.org or (855)-420-1785. All applications are reviewed and approved by NEEC and only NEEC–approved instructors may teach the BOC program.

DOE BEDES Initiative to Facilitate Improved Energy Data Communications

MEEA is participating in the development of the U.S. DOE Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES) – a means of sharing building energy performance data within a common language. The goal of the initiative is to facilitate the utilization and communication of empirical building energy performance data among data collection, analysis, and software tools within a more consistently methodology. Strangely, these different storehouses of data use don’t readily translate the same information. Two different data sources might define gross square feet or annual energy use in different terms – which inhibits the comparison of data.

Ideally, BEDES definitions are intended to be used in tools and activities that help stakeholders make energy efficiency investment decisions, track building performance, and implement energy efficiency policies and programs. The BEDES initiative is designed to facilitate the analysis of building energy performance by providing a common data format, definitions, and an exchange protocol (database communication) for building characteristics, efficiency measures, and energy use between analytical programs.

An analogy for BEDES is that it has the potential to serve as a central ‘data dictionary’ or set of common definitions different tools can either map to or utilize. With a common language, information can then be exchanged between different databases or analyzed by different tools without requiring the translation of the information between different readable formats. Ideally, this common language will remove the current cost and time barriers these tools must spend to share information and allow them to ‘speak’ to each other more freely. For example, Universal Product Codes (bar codes) are used to manage trade item information as it moves from supply chains through retailers and to the point of sale.

The BEDES Working Group consists of building owners / managers, analytical platform developers, and potential users. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is facilitating the group’s review of draft guidelines with the goal of reaching consensus later this year. The BEDES beta version is already embedded in some DOE tools, such as the Buildings Performance Database and Commercial Building Energy Asset Score. The Federal DOE data collection activities for building benchmarking and energy performance contracting activities also utilize this language or set of definitions. Ideally, all types of building performance software should follow the same terms and definitions to allow comparisons across software tools and equivalent performance results to be analyzed.

For more information on whole-building energy usage data, benchmarking, or the BEDES platform, please contact Steve Kismohr, MEEA’s Sr. Technical Manager at skismohr@mwalliance.org or 312.784.7257.

MEEA Releases Lights for Learning® Implementation RFP; Proposals Due 3/19/14

MEEA is currently soliciting proposals from interested organizations qualified to implement our Lights for Learning® K-12 education and fundraising program. We strongly encourage MEEA members and board members to submit proposals. Potential bidders should download the full RFP online and contact L4L-RFP@mwalliance.org as soon as possible to be added to the Bidder List and receive all updates.

About Lights for Learning®:
Lights for Learning® (L4L) is a K-12 education and fundraiser program provided to schools and related organizations across Illinois. L4L grows student interest in energy-efficiency, stimulates awareness of energy conservation methods and educates students to become the next generation of environmentally aware citizens.

This unique school-oriented fundraiser raises money through the sale of energy efficient CFLs, LEDs and other efficient products, rather than selling traditional school fundraising products. Through the L4L fundraiser, schools and organizations receive 50% of the profit from sales as well as additional prizes for exemplary sales achievements. L4L provides a valuable platform for educating students, teachers, and families on energy efficiency. Program presenters are available for informative and interactive presentations at participating schools, illustrating the tangible benefits of adopting energy-efficient products and simple energy-saving behaviors.

Important Dates:
RFP Issued: February 19, 2014
Questions Due: March 5, 2014
Answers to Questions Posted Online: March 10, 2014
Proposals Due to MEEA: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (5:00 PM CST)
Interviews: March 31 – April 4, 2014
Anticipated Notification of Winning Bid: Week of April 14, 2014
Anticipated Contractor Start Date: Week of April 28, 2014
Anticipated Duration of Contract: One year, renewable at MEEA’s discretion [up to three (3) years]

*MEEA reserves the right to adjust dates if necessary and will communicate changes to potential bidders who have registered and been added to the Bidder List.

Contact Information:
All inquiries, comments and proposals should be directed to L4L-RFP@mwalliance.org.

2014 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Presentations Now Available

Last month, 630 energy leaders from nearly 250 organizations attended MEEA’s 2014 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference earlier this month in Chicago. With a focus on what are the next policies and programs that will generate additional energy savings and increase energy efficiency investments in the Midwest, the conference was a great success!

Conference highlights included keynote speakers Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary at US Department of Energy and Jamie Meyers, Manager of Sustainability for Walgreen’s. Plenary sessions focused on the needs of the energy efficiency industry, new standards and technologies to improve energy savings and different utility incentive structures to support energy efficiency programs across the Midwest.

Breakout sessions covered a wide variety of topics, from industrial participation in efficiency to innovations in residential efficiency; energy savings in urban locations to challenges and opportunities in rural settings; new methods of evaluating energy efficiency, the implementation and effects of energy codes, barriers that inhibit energy efficient technologies and the solutions on how to adopt these new technologies; and the adoption of new lighting technologies.

With such a robust agenda and the largest amount of attendees in its history, it proves once again that the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference is the premier energy efficiency event in the region.

Now, presentations and slides are available to access to the public. Click here to gain access to the 2014 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference recap, presentations, and photos from the conference and Inspiring Efficiency Awards dinner. Note: Photos will be available through March 28, 2014.

Save the Date! Join us January 27-29, 2015 at Chicago Hilton and Towers.

MEEA Presents at Chicago Center for Green Technology

On January 23, 2014, three members of MEEA’s staff had the opportunity to present on their work subject matter to members of the public at the Chicago Center for Green Technology. CCGT held several events during the week devoted to energy efficiency that were held at their education center, “Green Tech U.” Attendees of the MEEA session included homeowners, engineers, designers, and environmental advocates.

Kelsey Horton spoke about the work she does on Illinois Home Performance, a residential efficiency program sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Kelsey gave an overview of the program and provided information on how Illinois homeowners can participate. Scott Yee spoke about some of the innovative research that MEEA has done as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program. Scott also gave an overview of MEEA’s HVAC quality installation and maintenance program called HVAC SAVE, which helps to verify and improve the installed efficiency of residential HVAC equipment. Matthew Giudice gave an overview of building energy codes in the Midwest and how codes translate to energy savings in our region.

The audience was eager to participate in the discussion, and there were many questions and answers during each presentation. MEEA looks forward to collaborating with CCGT in the future and thanks them for hosting a great and informative event.

Scott Yee presenting

Scott Yee presenting

Kelsey Horton presenting

Kelsey Horton presenting

MEEA’s Steve Kismohr Presenting in Deep Retrofit Webinar

MEEA’s Senior Technical Manager, Steve Kismohr, will be presenting in a webinar on deep energy retrofits of existing buildings Thursday, January 22, 1-2pm CST. Register for the webinar today!

Deep Energy Retrofits: The Holistic Approach to Greater Savings is presented by Energy Center of Wisconsin in partnership with AIA Wisconsin.  Hosted by Henry Kosarzycki, AIA Wisconsin and AIA Codes and Standard Committee, MEEA’s Steve Kismohr will be joined by presenting is Tate Walker, Energy Center of Wisconsin, also presenting.

This presentation focuses on the design industry- an audience with great potential to adopt and upgrade energy efficient technologies within existing buildings.  Architects, building designers, building owners, and energy professionals will all find something useful to take away from this webinar.  Learn more.

 

10th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards – Innovation

The Midwest Energy Solutions Conference is next week. We are excited to present a very full agenda, over 500 attendees, and a special evening for the 10th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards. This last week, we are highlighting the nominees for the Innovation category.

The Inspiring Efficiency through Innovation Award will be presented to the nominee that has developed and implemented a new and innovative program, idea or policy in the Midwest. While the concept of the program, idea or policy may have been implemented elsewhere, the applicant will need to clearly detail why the program, idea or policy and its impact is unique to the region and new to the marketplace.

There were 15 impressive applications for this category:
• Alliant Energy’s Hometown Rewards Program
• Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Residential Efficiency Programs
• Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
• Centerpoint Energy
• Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) – Energy Impact Illinois (EI2)
• ComEd Energy Efficiency Services
• Dayton Power & Light
• Efficiency Smart
• Focus on Energy Small Business Program
• Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC with Mayor’s Office, City of Chicago, and CNT Energy
• Nicor Gas Emerging Technology Program
• Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program
• NIPSCO Manufactured Home Duct Sealing Direct Install Program
• Northwest Community Hospital
• Wayne State University

Join us on January 15th at the 10th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner and Gala to find out who will be awarded best in class for Innovation. To find out more information, visit www.meeaconference.org.

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