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RECAP – MEEA Conference DOE Event

The Working Together to Advance Energy Efficiency: Partnerships for Tackling Persistent Barriers and Achieving Results Workshop was held on Wednesday, January 16th.  The half-day workshop was co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEEAction), and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).  The workshop brought together leaders from state and local government, utilities, and partner organizations to discuss the aggressive energy efficiency goals that have been set and what can be done to meet or even exceed these goals.

Cheryl Roberto, former Commissioner at the Public Utility Commission of Ohio presented on the challenges states and communities face in achieving their energy efficiency goals, and proposed what would be needed to achieve them.  Johanna Zetterberg, from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy presented on the tools and resources that are currently available at the Federal and Regional levels to assist states and communities in meeting their energy efficiency goals.

The workshop included two panels and break-out discussions.  The first on Driving Demand through Partnerships which discussed successful outreach strategies, leading by example and data access policies.  The roundtable discussions focused on tactics to engage commercial building owners, the public sector, and residential customers in energy efficiency.  The second panel and break-out discussion discussed Effective Financing through Partnerships.  This discussion focused on developing financing programs by working with the private sector, coordinating with and leveraging public benefit programs, and creating tailor made programs.

If you would like additional information on the workshop, or have any questions, please contact Jessica Collingsworth, jcollingsworth@mwalliance.org or (312)784-7247.