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MEEA Launches HVAC SAVE in Iowa

MEEA Launches HVAC SAVE in Iowa

MEEA is working to bring consumer, contractor, and utility awareness to the opportunity for energy savings in HVAC system improvements both at the time of new install and in existing systems. MEEA joined forces with MidAmerican Energy Company, Alliant-Interstate Power & Light, and BlackHills Energy to launch a new training program in the state [Continue]

MEEA Webinar on the State-of-the-Midwestern States

MEEA Webinar on the State-of-the-Midwestern States

On Monday, December 13, MEEA held a Webinar that examined the 2010 election results and their implications for the upcoming legislative sessions in the 13 Midwestern states. Participating on the Webinar were MEEA’s Stacey Paradis and Kevin Cullather, the Midwest Governor’s Association’s Jesse Heier, and American Council for an Energy [Continue]

ACEEE Profiles BOC Savings

MEEA’s BOC program received national attention recently when the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) profiled BOC in their report entitled Visible and Concrete Savings: Case Studies of Effective Behavioral Approaches to Improving Customer Energy Efficiency (Friedrich, Amann, Vaidyanathan, Elliott 2010).  BOC was featured [Continue]

MN Fix-Up Fund Shows Strong Public Interest in EE

It took approximately five minutes to undo two weeks’ worth of work. After getting bids from contractors, digging through files and spending the better part of the evening before completing the loan application, my dreams of replacing the drafty old windows in my St. Paul house were dashed. Minnesota’s Fix-Up fund is a great deal [Continue]

Growing Power, Bringing EE and Green Together

Growing Power, Bringing EE and Green Together

Growing Power is a nonprofit organization and land trust which supports people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.  It was started by Will Allen, famed pro-basketball star, who in 1993 offered [Continue]

Nebraska Looking to Update to 2009 Code Statewide

On Friday, November 19th, the Urban Affairs Committee of the Nebraska legislature held a preliminary hearing to consider amending state law in order to adopt the 2009 IECC. State law currently requires the adoption of the 2003 IECC. The purpose of this hearing was to introduce a study that shows the impact from adopting the [Continue]

MEEA BOC Program Preparing for Expansion

MEEA BOC Program Preparing for Expansion

Last week MEEA hosted the annual Building Operator Certification Program Partners Meeting at our office.  We always look forward to reuniting with our counterparts from around the country to share lessons learned and present exciting plans for the year ahead. This year the BOC partners reported 2010 to be a vibrant training year with healthy [Continue]

Illinois Senate Energy Committee Hearing on Curbing Energy Demand

Illinois Senate Energy Committee Hearing on Curbing Energy Demand

The Illinois Senate Energy Committee held a hearing on Thursday, October 28 in Chicago.  The hearing was broken up into sections which included discussions on Renewable Energy Technologies, Renewable Generation and Energy Planning Issues, and Curbing Energy Demand.  The hearing was attended by over 50 people, and the committee heard an array of [Continue]

ACEEE Scorecard Shows Mixed Results for Midwest

ACEEE Scorecard Shows Mixed Results for Midwest

The ACEEE 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today, shows big gains in energy efficiency throughout the country but also shows some areas that still need a lot of improvement.  In MEEA’s region, the results show some big winners (Minnesota in the Top 10, and Iowa and Wisconsin in the Top 15) but also some [Continue]

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