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Minnesota PUC Solicits Input on Data Privacy

At its May 30 meeting, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MN PUC) solicited public comments on its Inquiry Into Privacy Policies of Rate-Regulated Energy Utilities (docket CI-12-1344). A wide array of issues regarding consumer energy data, collected by regulated utilities, was discussed. One of the main issues pertained to the availability [Continue]

Building Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure is Adopted by the City of Minneapolis

On Friday, the City of Minneapolis announced the adoption of a new ordinance, which requires public disclosure of commercial building energy consumption data to consumers and potential purchasers. The ordinance, unanimously passed by the Minneapolis City Council, is the first Commercial Building Rating and Disclosure Ordinance to be enacted the [Continue]

City of Minneapolis Building Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinance Passes First Hurdle

Currently under consideration by the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota is an ordinance which mandates disclosure of public and large commercial building yearly energy consumption. Following a unanimous vote by the Council’s Regulatory, Energy and Environment Committee, the ordinance will be considered for adoption by the full City Council on [Continue]

Minneapolis considers mandatory energy use disclosure for city’s biggest users

Minneapolis considers mandatory energy use disclosure for city’s biggest users

The following is an original post by Alison Lindburg with Fresh Energy.  The original posting can be viewed here. If you’ve cut your family’s energy and water use at home, you know your efforts have saved money and helped the environment. But have you wondered if owners of those big buildings in downtown Minneapolis are following [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]

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]

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]

Using ACEEE’s 2012 Scorecard to Look Towards the Future

Using ACEEE’s 2012 Scorecard to Look Towards the Future

ACEEE released its 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard where it grades states based on a variety of factors, including policies that have been put in place and funds that have been spent on energy efficiency. Midwestern highlights in the report, include: – 7 Midwestern states moved up in rankings- (Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, [Continue]

Policy Webinar Recap – The Growth of Utility Energy Efficiency Programs in the Midwest over the Last Ten Years

The MEEA Policy Webinar- The Growth of Utility Energy Efficiency Programs in the Midwest over the Last Ten Years was held on Thursday, September 6th.  There were 112 people in attendance, which included commission staff, consultants, consumer advocates, nonprofits, and utilities. The webinar began with a brief overview from MEEA on the growth of [Continue]

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]

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