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How industry could become the next efficiency frontier

How industry could become the next efficiency frontier

The following is an original post  by Drew Kerr, and was originally posted on the Midwest Energy News website. Drew Kerr is a Minneapolis-based freelance reporter. He can be reached at drewbkerr@gmail.com. Homeowners have been buttoning up their windows and doors. Businesses are installing LED lights. But what role should manufacturers play in [Continue]

Report: Tough building codes save homeowners thousands

Report: Tough building codes save homeowners thousands

The following was written by Dan Haugen and originally posted on Midwest Energy News’s blog Highwire Last week we reported on efforts in Illinois to implement a new building code that would be the most energy-efficient in the Midwest. The state’s homebuilders association opposes the changes, in part because it says the rules will add [Continue]

MEEA Signs on to Letters to Congress

MEEA Signs on to Letters to Congress

This past week MEEA signed on to voice our support for S. 1914, The Cut Energy Bills at Home Act, that has been introduced by Senators Snowe (R-ME), Bingaman (D-NM), and Feinstein (D-CA). This legislation would create performance-based tax credit for people to make whole house energy improvements. MEEA also signed-on to letters to the [Continue]

Michigan Continues to Beat Efficiency Targets

The Michigan Public Service Commission has just released its annual report to the state legislature on the implementation of its Energy Optimization (EO) program established under P.A. 295 of 2008.  This new report details the second year of EO program implementation and continues to show excellent work by the state’s investor-owned, [Continue]

Midwest Scores in ACEEE Scorecard

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released The 2011 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, their annual report on the state of the states’ energy efficiency policies and practices.  I previously discussed the 2010 Scorecard and the improvement still to come. I’m glad to say that this year’s Scorecard shows some of [Continue]

MEEAUnplugged Celebrates Successful 1st Year

MEEAUnplugged Celebrates Successful 1st Year

On October 1st MEEAUnplugged celebrated its 1 year anniversary. For the last 12 months our blog has been devoted to issues in Midwest energy efficiency, guest posting from industry leaders about relevant energy and energy efficiency issues, and telling the story of a 26 person non-profit in the Midwest trying to advance energy efficiency. We are [Continue]

Do People Support Efficiency? Depends on How You Ask

The following is an original post by Ken Paulman, editor of Midwest Energy News. Back in July, Rasmussen Reports conducted a poll that found 67 percent of Americans oppose new efficiency standards for light bulbs (Yes, I know, another light bulb post. Bear with me). But yesterday, a poll conducted by the Natural Resources Defense [Continue]

Industrial-Sized Energy Efficiency Program Still Growing

Industrial-Sized Energy Efficiency Program Still Growing

A new program by Xcel Energy, a utility supplier of electricity and natural gas to eight Western and Midwestern states, is racking up serious energy efficiency gains by targeting some of the biggest energy users around – large industrial customers. The Process Efficiency program analyzes customers’ total energy use – from manufacturing [Continue]

Illinois Home Performance Launches Building Science Training Series

Illinois Home Performance Launches Building Science Training Series

This September Illinois Home Performancewill be launching a new training series entitled the Building Science Training Series. This series of courses has been designed by and for home energy efficiency professionals. “The Illinois Home Performance Building Science Training Series was developed to address deficiencies within the existing [Continue]

Energy Efficiency Program for Grocers Offers Fresh Ideas – and Produce

Energy Efficiency Program for Grocers Offers Fresh Ideas – and Produce

DTE Energy helped Detroit’s grocers keep their broccoli – and their billfolds – a little greener this year with its energy-saving Grocer’s Incentive Program. The initiative won the 2011 Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Inspiring Efficiency Innovation Award. DTE Energy’s program was specifically designed for the city of Detroit, [Continue]

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