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Evanston Workshop Opens Eyes on Benchmarking

Evanston Workshop Opens Eyes on Benchmarking

Buildings comprise around 40 percent of the total energy consumption in the United States, and benchmarking policies have proven to be a crucial first step to achieving energy savings. The Evanston City Council is currently considering a water and energy benchmarking ordinance to better track and reduce energy waste and costs for its [Continue]

What Does Illinois’ New Energy Bill Mean for Energy Efficiency?

What Does Illinois’ New Energy Bill Mean for Energy Efficiency?

After more than two years of legislative proposals and negotiations, on Wednesday, December 7, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814). The bill, which contains support for renewable energy, nuclear energy and energy efficiency, was passed by the Illinois legislature on December 1, the last day of veto [Continue]

MEEA Wins Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

MEEA Wins Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

On November 1st MEEA was presented with the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award for work done in 2015 on the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program. During 2015, BOC was able to continue the success of the veterans program and fill a gap in the market by offering a new pilot BOC training for operations and maintenance [Continue]

Ohio Adopts New Commercial Energy Code

Ohio Adopts New Commercial Energy Code

In January 2016, the Ohio Board of Building Standards (BBS) began discussing the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)/ASHRAE Standard 90.1 2010 (ASHRAE 90.1-2010) for potential adoption as a means to regulate energy use in new (and majorly renovated) commercial buildings. Nine months later, and after much discussion by state and [Continue]

Midwest States Gain the Most from Industrial EE

Midwest States Gain the Most from Industrial EE

Last month, the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency released a new report that ranks each U.S. state on their potential for industrial energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions. The report, State Ranking of Potential Carbon Dioxide Emission Reductions through Industrial Energy Efficiency, identifies which states are best suited to help the [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]

Creating Greener Learning Spaces: 2016 Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium

Creating Greener Learning Spaces: 2016 Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium

At this year’s Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium, representatives from across industries rallied around the concept of getting each child into a green facility in this generation. On April 8, MEEA joined sustainability professionals from across the State to address how we can continue greening our schools in order to [Continue]

2016 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap

2016 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference Recap

On February 24-26, more than 650 energy professionals (a new attendance record!) gathered at the Chicago Hilton & Towers to discuss energy efficiency, the utility industry, benefits to economic development, industrial efficiency and the potential impact of state and federal regulations at the 14th annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. [Continue]

Supreme Court Stays Clean Power Plan

Supreme Court Stays Clean Power Plan

On February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in a 5-4 decision.  The court’s decision does not overturn the CPP, nor decide the legal merits of the challenges brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for issuing the CPP. Rather, the court’s decision stalls the implementation [Continue]

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