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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]

MEEA assists the State of Illinois to Complete a Building Energy Benchmarking Pilot

MEEA has been actively involved with the State of Illinois, supporting their legislative mandate, Public Act 096-0896, to create a benchmarking and building energy labeling pilot. Working with the State of Illinois Capital Development Board and Department of Central Management Services led to the energy tracking, or benchmarking, of 17 buildings [Continue]

Lights for Learning® Program Blazes Past the 1,000 Student Fundraisers Mark

Lights for Learning® Program Blazes Past the 1,000 Student Fundraisers Mark

As of December, over 185,000 energy efficient light bulbs, holiday strands, and nightlights are brightening Illinois households through Lights for Learning student fundraisers! In this school year alone, 58 organizations hosted Lights for Learning® fundraisers, launching the program past the 1,000 fundraiser mark. One of the fundraisers, [Continue]

Efficiency is a “Ride of Passage” at the 2013 Illinois State Fair

Efficiency is a “Ride of Passage” at the 2013 Illinois State Fair

More than 1,500 youth and 600 adults exercised their efficiency knowledge at the Lights for Learning booth at the Illinois State Fair in August—many were drawn by the ever-popular energy bike. Heavy family foot traffic made for a very active nine days under the big top where, for the sixth year, Lights for Learning had [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]

Twin Cities Area Adopts “Green” Fields in the MLS

This month, realtors and homebuyers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area will have the ability to seek out green-certified or energy-efficient homes with a new tool. The NorthStar MLS, a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for residential sales in Minnesota and a small part of western Wisconsin, added two new fields to their searchable database. Homes with [Continue]

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]

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