Policy Webinar Recap – The Growth of Utility Energy Efficiency Programs in the Midwest over the Last Ten Years
The MEEA Policy Webinar- The Growth of Utility Energy Efficiency Programs in the Midwest over the Last Ten Years was held on Thursday, September 6th. There were 112 people in attendance, which included commission staff, consultants, consumer advocates, nonprofits, and utilities.
The webinar began with a brief overview from MEEA on the growth of policy and program work at the organization, as well as the current and future outlook of energy efficiency in the Midwest.
- Dan York, from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, presented on the recently released report Three Decades and Counting: A Historical Review and Current Assessment of Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Activity in the States. Dan also provided an overview of the growth of utility energy efficiency programs over the last decade, and what changes and challenges lay ahead.
Additional presenters included:
- Diane Munns from MidAmerican Energy Company who spoke on the company’s program approach, lessons learned, and EE achievements. Since 1990, MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa energy efficiency programs have saved approximately 10.5 million MWh and approximately 500 million therms.
- Karen Rhodes from Xcel Energy presented on utility’s program growth, lessons learned, and their gas and electric program achievements. She also discussed the key success factors involved, including regulatory compact, continuity in the market, trade partner engagement, and innovative and evolving offerings.
A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. If you have any questions or have suggestions for a future policy webinar, please contact Jessica Collingsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (312)784-7247.