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Benchmarking Heats up in the Midwest

Benchmarking Heats up in the Midwest

In the last month, energy benchmarking at the city level has really heated up in the Midwest. Benchmarking policies have proven to be a crucial first step to achieving energy savings for cities. Buildings comprise around 40 percent of the total energy consumption in the United States. Kansas City, MO Kansas City is preparing for [Continue]

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Here in Chicago where MEEA is based, the winter months get so cold the air hurts my face. During my walk to work a few days ago, I’m pretty sure I was close to becoming an actual Popsicle. The long nights and lack of sunshine only exacerbate the pain. When the weather outside is colder [Continue]

Evanston Workshop Opens Eyes on Benchmarking

Evanston Workshop Opens Eyes on Benchmarking

Buildings comprise around 40 percent of the total energy consumption in the United States, and benchmarking policies have proven to be a crucial first step to achieving energy savings. The Evanston City Council is currently considering a water and energy benchmarking ordinance to better track and reduce energy waste and costs for its [Continue]

What Does Illinois’ New Energy Bill Mean for Energy Efficiency?

What Does Illinois’ New Energy Bill Mean for Energy Efficiency?

After more than two years of legislative proposals and negotiations, on Wednesday, December 7, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814). The bill, which contains support for renewable energy, nuclear energy and energy efficiency, was passed by the Illinois legislature on December 1, the last day of veto [Continue]

MEEA Wins Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

MEEA Wins Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

On November 1st MEEA was presented with the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award for work done in 2015 on the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program. During 2015, BOC was able to continue the success of the veterans program and fill a gap in the market by offering a new pilot BOC training for operations and maintenance [Continue]

Midwest States Gain the Most from Industrial EE

Midwest States Gain the Most from Industrial EE

Last month, the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency released a new report that ranks each U.S. state on their potential for industrial energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions. The report, State Ranking of Potential Carbon Dioxide Emission Reductions through Industrial Energy Efficiency, identifies which states are best suited to help the [Continue]

Creating Greener Learning Spaces: 2016 Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium

Creating Greener Learning Spaces: 2016 Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium

At this year’s Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium, representatives from across industries rallied around the concept of getting each child into a green facility in this generation. On April 8, MEEA joined sustainability professionals from across the State to address how we can continue greening our schools in order to [Continue]

2016 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap

2016 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap

On February 24-26, more than 650 energy professionals (a new attendance record!) gathered at the Chicago Hilton & Towers to discuss energy efficiency, the utility industry, benefits to economic development, industrial efficiency and the potential impact of state and federal regulations at the 14th annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. [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]

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