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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]

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]

Illinois: New Year, New Energy Code

Illinois: New Year, New Energy Code

You may not have noticed, but on January 1, 2016, the 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code became law, based on the approval from the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules at the December hearing. This updated code is an amended version of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) (the latest national model code) and provides [Continue]

Midwest Governments Lead the Way in Georgetown University Energy Prize

Midwest Governments Lead the Way in Georgetown University Energy Prize

The Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP), currently in its second round, includes a total of 50 cities and counties competing to “change the way America uses energy.” Each city or county has already developed a long-term energy efficiency plan. Now they are implementing their plan’s initial effectiveness/sustainability over a two-year [Continue]

MEEA Presents at AEA’s 2015 Multifamily Buildings Conference

MEEA Presents at AEA’s 2015 Multifamily Buildings Conference

MEEA successfully gave a workshop style presentation on energy data acquisition at the Affordable Energy Association’s 2015 Multifamily Buildings Conference in Brooklyn, NY on October 28-30, 2015. Together with Ellen M. Sargent, Chicago Housing Authority; and Ryan Snow, USGBC National; Steve Kismohr from MEEA brought concepts and related [Continue]

6th Annual Midwest Energy Data and Building Codes Conference Recap

6th Annual Midwest Energy Data and Building Codes Conference Recap

Isaac Elnecave, Senior Policy Manager for MEEA, kicks off the conference MEEA held its 6th Annual Midwest Energy Data and Building Codes Conference in Minneapolis, MN from November 3 -5, 2015. The event was a success with over 110 professionals from various sectors in the building community in attendance throughout the two and a half [Continue]

Clean Energy Incentive Program Comments Due to the EPA by December 15, 2015

Clean Energy Incentive Program Comments Due to the EPA by December 15, 2015

By Nikhil Vijaykar, MEEA Senior Policy Associate The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final Clean Power Plan (CPP) in the Federal Register on October 23, 2015. The Clean Power Plan is aimed at reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants. As a part of the final Clean Power Plan, the EPA provided a [Continue]

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