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MEEA Whitepaper Published: A Net or Gross Energy Savings Approach

In July 2012, MEEA held its Annual Meeting of the Membership in Chicago, Illinois.  A key focus was a panel of experts who remarked on their experiences determining the energy benefits of end-use efficiency programs.  The panel consisted of energy efficiency evaluators, regional policymakers, and utilities, who provided three distinct [Continue]

Building Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure is Adopted by the City of Minneapolis

On Friday, the City of Minneapolis announced the adoption of a new ordinance, which requires public disclosure of commercial building energy consumption data to consumers and potential purchasers. The ordinance, unanimously passed by the Minneapolis City Council, is the first Commercial Building Rating and Disclosure Ordinance to be enacted the [Continue]

City of Minneapolis Building Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinance Passes First Hurdle

Currently under consideration by the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota is an ordinance which mandates disclosure of public and large commercial building yearly energy consumption. Following a unanimous vote by the Council’s Regulatory, Energy and Environment Committee, the ordinance will be considered for adoption by the full City Council on [Continue]

Minneapolis considers mandatory energy use disclosure for city’s biggest users

Minneapolis considers mandatory energy use disclosure for city’s biggest users

The following is an original post by Alison Lindburg with Fresh Energy.  The original posting can be viewed here. If you’ve cut your family’s energy and water use at home, you know your efforts have saved money and helped the environment. But have you wondered if owners of those big buildings in downtown Minneapolis are following [Continue]

2013 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap: What is the Future of Efficiency Policy in the Midwest?

Diane Munns had a message for conference goers who worried that political support for energy efficiency was waning. “We’ve been through this before,” said the vice president of regulatory relations and energy efficiency at MidAmerican Energy, Iowa’s largest energy company, which has promoted efficiency for more than two decades. During [Continue]

2013 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap: What is the Impact of Behavior Change on Efficiency?

Getting consumers to become more energy efficient does not necessarily require offering incentives, said Kevin Duffy, senior associate at Wisconsin-based ICF International. Duffy has led an effort that originally set out to reduce the small Wisconsin city of Burlington’s energy consumption by 1% through simple, low-cost methods like thermostat [Continue]

2013 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap: Wednesday, Jan 16th

PLENARY SESSION: Are Energy Efficiency Goals Achievable? Utilities have so far been able to mostly hit the energy efficiency standards mandated by dozens of states. But some experts worry they’ve done it by picking the “low-hanging fruit,” and the next few years might get more difficult. The conference’s plenary session brought together [Continue]

Utilities eye greater role in building codes

Utilities eye greater role in building codes

Building inspectors could soon have a new ally to assist with code enforcement: the local utility. With several states adopting new energy codes at a time when cash-strapped building departments are already spread thin, there’s concern that lack of funding for training and enforcement could cause compliance to lag. Meanwhile, many utilities are [Continue]

New K-12 Direct Install Program has filled 25% of the available slots for the 2012-2013 Program Year!

Since its launch on November 1, 2012, MEEA’s new Direct Install Program has already slated 25% of the available public school openings for the 2012-2013 Program Year.  Through support from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) State Energy Office, the Direct Install Program brings FREE gas and electric energy [Continue]

A Few Tweaks Could Improve Commercial Food Service Program Uptake

*The following post is a contribution from Midwest Account Manager working in support of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program Nora Buehler, with ICF International. Given that restaurants and facilities with commercial kitchens use 5-7 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings, and high volume quick-service restaurants can use up [Continue]

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