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City of Chicago Introduces Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinance

On June 26th, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a proposal to the Chicago City Council to create a building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. Chicago is looking to join 8 other U.S. cities that have passed similar policies to assist building owners in saving money, creating local jobs and reducing energy consumption of existing [Continue]

MEEA assists with Home Energy Certification programs

Currently, The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is assisting the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy (MDNR-DE) in facilitating a stakeholder process to develop a state-specific voluntary home energy certification program. Previously, MEEA completed similar tasks for the Illinois Department of Commerce and [Continue]

MEEA pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Building Science Training Series through Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

MEEA, on behalf of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Building Science Training Series through Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. This unique training series aims to help residential contractors and energy auditors prepare for participation in Illinois Home Performance, [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]

BOC Veterans Training Update

The BOC Veterans Pilot at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL finished with a media blitz that included two local TV news stations airing segments about the pilot. The TV segments include an interview with Michael Wright, one of the veterans that earned the certification. A few dozen news websites posted stories about the [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]

RECAP – MEEA webinar on the New Political Landscape for Energy Efficiency in the Midwest

The MEEA Policy Webinar – The New Political Landscape for Energy Efficiency was held on Wednesday, November 28th form 2-3:30pm. The webinar outlined the results of the November 2012 elections, including gubernatorial and state legislative elections and subsequent utility commission appointments.  The presentation also included a discussion [Continue]

Illinois Adopts 2012 IECC Code

Illinois became the first state in the country to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code as its mandatory statewide building energy code, set to take effect January 1, 2013¹.  The 2012 IECC was adopted in its entirety, with minor adjustments on the residential code, after the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules [Continue]

Desktop Power Management Program Switches On for Some Illinois Commercial Customers

Resource Solutions Group launched its Desktop Power Management program last month, helping commercial computer users learn to power down and save – with lower energy bills and cash incentives. In mid-October, Resource Solutions Group launched the Desktop Power Management Program, offering energy savings and cash rebates for commercial customers [Continue]

MEEA Releases Midwest EE Policy and Program Resource Guide

MEEA Releases Midwest EE Policy and Program Resource Guide

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance releases new resource guide for policymakers on proven policy and program successes from across the region. With $1.7 billion expected to be spent on Energy Efficiency in the Midwest by 2015, energy efficiency investment has grown exponentially in the last ten years. While only $200 million was spent on [Continue]

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