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MEEA Releases Residential Energy Efficiency Research

MEEA recently released a publication titled, “Evaluation of Missed Energy Saving Opportunity Based on Illinois Home Performance Program Field Data: Homeowner Selected Upgrades vs. Cost-Optimized Solutions.”  This research was conducted in partnership with the Department of Energy’s Building America program, which MEEA participates in as a [Continue]

Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR receives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) with a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering energy efficiency information and services to its customers. DCEO’s [Continue]

DOE BEDES Initiative to Facilitate Improved Energy Data Communications

MEEA is participating in the development of the U.S. DOE Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES) – a means of sharing building energy performance data within a common language. The goal of the initiative is to facilitate the utilization and communication of empirical building energy performance data among data collection, [Continue]

AEP Ohio’s Bid to Win Program

AEP Ohio hosts a new program, Bid to Win Program, which is a series of online reverse auctions for financial incentives. During the auctions, pre-qualified customers and Solution Providers can submit bids to deliver energy savings at a price per kilowatt hour (kWh). The pre-qualified bidder(s) with the lowest bid prices will then be eligible for [Continue]

MEEA Policy Webinar – ACEEE 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard: A Midwest Perspective

Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:00 – 11:15am CST Register: Join MEEA as we take a closer look at the Midwest region’s success in ACEEE’s 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.  ACEEE will provide an overview of their recently released scorecard and methodology, and discuss the Midwest’s [Continue]

DOE EERE Better Buildings Webinar – Deep Energy Retrofits

Deep energy retrofits take a whole building approach to achieve dramatic energy savings. Standard energy efficiency work typically upgrades individual systems such as lighting or HVAC systems with better performing technologies. These target 15 to 20 percent savings for a 10 to 15 percent return on investment. Using a design-centered, holistic [Continue]

Improving Gas Furnace Performance: A Field and Laboratory Study at End of Life

MEEA Co-Authors U.S. Department of Energy’s Improving Gas Furnace Performance: A Field and Laboratory Study at End of Life. MEEA worked in conjunction with our Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR) team members to collect and analyze working furnaces that were removed from Iowa homes. The purpose of this research was to [Continue]

MEEA Presents at regional Greening of the Heartland Conference

MEEA’s Senior Technical Manager, Steve Kismohr, recently spoke at the 10th Annual Midwest Greening the Heartland / BUILDING Chicago Conference held September 9-11, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. Steve spoke on a panel entitled, “The Role of Advocacy, Alternative Power & Incentives in the Era of Clean Energy,” explaining the value [Continue]

MEEA Participates in the IL DCEO Peer Exchange

Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) held its 2013 annual peer exchange August 28-29, 2013 at the Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, IL. The event provided updates on DCEO’s recent partnerships to advance energy efficiency. Mel Nickerson, Deputy Director DCEO- Illinois Energy Office, kicked off the exchange by providing [Continue]

Energy efficiency could be lifeline for aging paper mills

Midwest Energy News by Kari Lyderson The sights of hulking, steaming paper and pulp mills – and the acrid smell they produce – are familiar to many residents of Wisconsin, Ohio and other Midwestern states. For much of the 20th century these mills were central to regional economies, employing hundreds of thousands of people and [Continue]

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