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Ditch the Switch

Ditch the Switch

At any moment there are thousands upon thousands of lights on all across America that are lighting rooms that no one is in. These unattended lights are wasting countless kilowatts of energy and a ton of money for the owners. But there is a simple solution that is becoming more and more common: the occupancy [Continue]

Advanced Outdoor Lighting Shines Brighter with the Presidential Challenge Launch

During 2015 alone, outdoor lighting in the U.S. will consume about 100 TWh of electricity, enough energy to power roughly 6 million homes (one terawatt hour equals about one trillion watt hours). This electricity consumption alone, costs cities a cumulative total of about $10 billion annually. As a means to keep budgets intact, many cities [Continue]

Funding for High Efficiency Street Lighting in Illinois

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has released a grant opportunity for Illinois public entities who are interested in upgrading their municipal owned and operated streetlights. As part of their Street and Roadway Lighting Pilot Program, this grant opportunity is an excellent method to start a retrofit pilot project converting existing [Continue]

Midwest LUMEN: Connecting Peers Across Midwest Utility Lighting Programs

Midwest LUMEN: Connecting Peers Across Midwest Utility Lighting Programs

Midwest LUMEN January Meeting On January 27 and 28, 2015, representatives from eight Midwest utilities (including MEEA Members Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Dayton Power & Light, DTE Energy, Duke Energy, EKPC,  and MidAmerican Energy, as well as Kansas City Power and Light) met in Chicago to discuss advanced lighting and advanced lighting controls [Continue]

MEEA Releases Lights for Learning® Implementation RFP; Proposals Due 3/19/14

MEEA is currently soliciting proposals from interested organizations qualified to implement our Lights for Learning® K-12 education and fundraising program. We strongly encourage MEEA members and board members to submit proposals. Potential bidders should download the full RFP online and contact L4L-RFP@mwalliance.org as soon as possible to be [Continue]

Results of MEEA’s 2013 Solid-State Lighting Plans and Perceptions Survey

MEEA recently completed administration of its annual Solid-State Lighting Plans and Perceptions Survey, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technical Information Network for Solid-State Lighting Program (TINSSL). The 2013 Midwest Solid-State Lighting Plans and Perceptions Survey Summary Report of Findings, derived from the 2013  [Continue]

MEEA 2013 Solid State Lighting Solutions for Utility Programs Workshop RECAP

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) and the University of Missouri Lighting Research Center co-presented Solid State Lighting Solutions for Utility Programs on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. With nearly 70 attendees , the workshop was attended by utility representatives, lighting manufacturers, program implementers and energy efficiency [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]

2013 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap: Solid State Lighting Workshop

2013 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap: Solid State Lighting Workshop

The rollout of CFL lighting among consumers stumbled badly, experts agree. And many in the energy efficiency industry now wonder whether LED lighting will suffer the same fate. “There’s a stigma” now attached to CFLs, said Jason Tuenge, a senior lighting engineer for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “People look at them now and [Continue]

Are ‘smart bulbs’ the next bright idea in energy efficiency?

The following post was written by Dan Haugen with the Midwest Energy News. The original post can be found here. Zach Supalla had the proverbial light-bulb moment last December while flicking on lamps in a hotel room. Instead of walking to every corner of the room, wouldn’t it be easier if there was an app [Continue]

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