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Committee Recommends Indefinite Freeze on Ohio Clean Energy Standards

Committee Recommends Indefinite Freeze on Ohio Clean Energy Standards

On Wednesday, the Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee (created under SB 310) released their recommendation on the near-term future of mandated energy efficiency  and renewable energy standards in Ohio. The report recommends the General Assembly impose an indefinite freeze of these standards. Many allies of energy efficiency [Continue]

MEEA Supports Energy Codes in St. Louis County

MEEA Supports Energy Codes in St. Louis County

At the August 12th St. Louis County Building Commission Meeting, the Missouri Sierra Club Chapter and nineteen residents delivered a petition (in the shape of a home) in support of adopting the 2015 Residential International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as written. In addition, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), as well as other [Continue]

MEEA Participates as Keynote Speaker during HUD’s Regional Multi-Family Meeting

Last month, select MEEA staff members participated in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Multi-Family Convening Meeting in Chicago. The event presented multiple aspects for multi-family buildings to save energy and participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. Stacey Paradis, Executive [Continue]

New DOE Webinar and Publications: Measuring the Impact of Benchmarking and Transparency

The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technical Assistance Program (TAP) is presenting a webinar on Thursday, June 18 at 1-2:30 p.m. CST to feature two new publications on building energy tracking or benchmarking. This webinar, “Measuring the Impact of Benchmarking and Transparency,” will feature strategic planning [Continue]

Kansas City Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

Kansas City Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

On June 4, 2015, Kansas City, Missouri became the 14th municipality in the U.S. and third in the Midwest to successfully pass an ordinance which engages building owners to improve their energy management practices. Congratulations to KCMO! About the ordinance With a city council vote of 12-1 in favor of creating a building energy benchmarking [Continue]

ACEEE: Minneapolis, Chicago Among America’s Most Energy Efficient Cities

ACEEE: Minneapolis, Chicago Among America’s Most Energy Efficient Cities

On Wednesday, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2015 City Scorecard, which ranks the energy efficiency of 51 large American cities in five program and policy areas –local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities and transportation. While Boston once again [Continue]

Michigan Building Operators Face Off in Battle of the Buildings

Michigan Building Operators Face Off in Battle of the Buildings

The USGBC West Michigan Chapter hosted the Earth Day Energy Summit and awards ceremony for participants in the 2014 Battle of the Buildings contest. This EPA-derived challenge is a friendly competition where commercial building owners and operators strive to reduce their carbon footprint through implementing energy reduction measures. The program [Continue]

Illinois Legislative Breakfast Shows Benefits of Efficiency for Businesses, Schools and More

Illinois Legislative Breakfast Shows Benefits of Efficiency for Businesses, Schools and More

On April 29, MEEA held a Legislative Breakfast event at Café Moxo in downtown Springfield, IL. The breakfast, attended by around 40 participants, including several state legislators, showcased businesses and organizations implementing energy efficiency programs, highlighting in particular the economic benefit derived directly from such programs. [Continue]

ACEEE Market Transformation Panel Discusses National Benchmarking Trends

The ACEEE Market Transformation National Symposium brought over 350 energy professionals together in Washington, D.C. in April to cover diverse and emerging topics within the scope of market transformation. With two new cities adopting benchmarking ordinances last week, ACEEE held a timely panel on future uses of benchmarking data and data [Continue]

Upcoming Webinar – Benchmarking Data Cleansing: A Rite of Passage along the Benchmarking Journey

A growing number of local and state governments are collecting annual building energy benchmarking data from thousands of public and private building owners – through voluntary, ordinance, and/or executive order driven programs. In the Midwest, the cities of Minneapolis, MN and Chicago, IL have each passed these types of ordinances, while [Continue]

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