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2016 Annual Meeting Recap

Introduction Each year, the members, board and staff of MEEA meet to celebrate the past year’s successes, elect the Board of Directors, swap best practices (and business cards) and discuss industry trends and MEEA’s roles therein. This year, we gathered June 8-9 in St. Louis—just a stone’s throw away from the Gateway Arch and Busch [Continue]

Columbia (MO) Adopts 2015 Energy Code

Columbia (MO) Adopts 2015 Energy Code

On Monday, June 6, 2016 the Columbia City Council voted to adopt the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as written, to regulate energy use in residential and commercial buildings. Additionally, the Council chose to adopt the Solar-Ready Provisions (Appendix RB) as part of the 2015 IECC for residential buildings, making the City of [Continue]

Creating Greener Learning Spaces: 2016 Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium

Creating Greener Learning Spaces: 2016 Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium

At this year’s Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium, representatives from across industries rallied around the concept of getting each child into a green facility in this generation. On April 8, MEEA joined sustainability professionals from across the State to address how we can continue greening our schools in order to [Continue]

2016 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap

2016 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap

On February 24-26, more than 650 energy professionals (a new attendance record!) gathered at the Chicago Hilton & Towers to discuss energy efficiency, the utility industry, benefits to economic development, industrial efficiency and the potential impact of state and federal regulations at the 14th annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. [Continue]

Join Us at the Better Buildings Summit

Join Us at the Better Buildings Summit

The Better Buildings Summit is the U.S. Department of Energy’s annual event, this year held May 9-11 in Washington, D.C. The event is designed for partners and stakeholders of DOE’s programs to exchange ideas and best practices towards improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s homes, buildings, manufacturing plants, and public [Continue]

MEEA Trains at AEA Chicago Facility

MEEA Trains at AEA Chicago Facility

Several employees from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) had the opportunity to test out the Association for Energy Affordability Inc. (AEA) building efficiency training facility on South Central Ave., near Midway International Airport. A MEEA member, the Association for Energy Affordability is a non-profit organization [Continue]

DOE Announces New Asset Score Partnership Program

DOE Announces New Asset Score Partnership Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced partnerships with 21 companies, federal agencies and state and local governments to promote the use of DOE’s Building Energy Asset Scoring Tool (the Asset Score). First released in 2014, the Asset Score is a free, web-based software tool that identifies opportunities to improve the [Continue]

Supreme Court Stays Clean Power Plan

Supreme Court Stays Clean Power Plan

On February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in a 5-4 decision.  The court’s decision does not overturn the CPP, nor decide the legal merits of the challenges brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for issuing the CPP. Rather, the court’s decision stalls the implementation [Continue]

What is Intelligent Efficiency?

As MEEA continues its efforts to make valuable contributions to the national conversation on intelligent efficiency, it’s important to step back and take a moment to define this somewhat nebulous concept. ACEEE has done a great job of helping energy efficiency stakeholders understand what this term means through several research reports, web [Continue]

DOE Announces State Energy Program Funding

The US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced a funding opportunity for state governments through a competitive awards application process. The FOA, or Funding Opportunity Announcement, is designed for State Energy Programs (SEP) and has an enactment period of up to 24 months. The [Continue]

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