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St. Louis Passes Benchmarking Ordinance

St. Louis Passes Benchmarking Ordinance

On Monday, January 30, St. Louis, MO became the fifth city in the Midwest to pass a mandatory energy benchmarking ordinance. The “Building Energy Awareness” ordinance requires certain buildings to record annual whole-building energy and water consumption data into the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software. City-owned buildings will lead [Continue]

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]

St. Louis Considers Benchmarking Ordinance

St. Louis Considers Benchmarking Ordinance

St. Louis, Missouri is aiming to become the fifth city in the Midwest with a mandatory energy benchmarking ordinance. On December 9, 2016, Alderman John Coater introduced a potential benchmarking ordinance which would help reduce building energy use, an objective of the city’s Sustainability Plan. The ordinance is similar to other benchmarking [Continue]

2016 Annual Meeting Recap

Introduction Each year, the members, board and staff of MEEA meet to celebrate the past year’s successes, elect the Board of Directors, swap best practices (and business cards) and discuss industry trends and MEEA’s roles therein. This year, we gathered June 8-9 in St. Louis—just a stone’s throw away from the Gateway Arch and Busch [Continue]

Columbia (MO) Adopts 2015 Energy Code

Columbia (MO) Adopts 2015 Energy Code

On Monday, June 6, 2016 the Columbia City Council voted to adopt the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as written, to regulate energy use in residential and commercial buildings. Additionally, the Council chose to adopt the Solar-Ready Provisions (Appendix RB) as part of the 2015 IECC for residential buildings, making the City of [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]

MEEA Supports Energy Codes in St. Louis County

MEEA Supports Energy Codes in St. Louis County

At the August 12th St. Louis County Building Commission Meeting, the Missouri Sierra Club Chapter and nineteen residents delivered a petition (in the shape of a home) in support of adopting the 2015 Residential International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as written. In addition, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), as well as other [Continue]

Energy Efficiency Highlighted at Illinois Renewable Energy Conference

Energy Efficiency Highlighted at Illinois Renewable Energy Conference

On July 16, Illinois State University hosted the annual Illinois Renewable Energy Conference, and for the first time ever, the 2015 conference incorporated an energy efficiency track into the conference’s breakout sessions alongside wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. MEEA served on the conference planning committee and convened the three [Continue]

Kansas City Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

Kansas City Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

On June 4, 2015, Kansas City, Missouri became the 14th municipality in the U.S. and third in the Midwest to successfully pass an ordinance which engages building owners to improve their energy management practices. Congratulations to KCMO! About the ordinance With a city council vote of 12-1 in favor of creating a building energy benchmarking [Continue]

ACEEE: Minneapolis, Chicago Among America’s Most Energy Efficient Cities

ACEEE: Minneapolis, Chicago Among America’s Most Energy Efficient Cities

On Wednesday, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2015 City Scorecard, which ranks the energy efficiency of 51 large American cities in five program and policy areas –local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities and transportation. While Boston once again [Continue]

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