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Illinois Denny’s franchisee dishes up conservation

Illinois Denny’s franchisee dishes up conservation

This piece was originally posted at the National Restaurant Association blog by Elissa Elan on November 2, 2011 1:57 pm. Joey Terrell’s latest conservation idea may literally be his brightest. The Denny’s franchisee has just replaced all the metal halogen lights in the parking lot of his Joliet, Ill., restaurant with 18 LED lamps, [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]

ComEd Goes Retro

ComEd Goes Retro

Northern Illinois utility supplier ComEd won MEEA’s 2011 Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award for its groundbreaking retro-commissioning program, which helps large buildings reduce energy consumption by optimizing use of existing equipment rather than through capital investment. By any measure, ComEd’s innovative retro-commissioning program is a [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]

Houses That Work Educational Series Being Offered in Ohio

The Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) will be offering Houses That Work™ training sessions in 5 different locations in Ohio at the end of September. Houses That WorkTM is a nationally acclaimed training and education program and is based on years of field research from the Department of Energy’s Building America Program. Houses [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]

MEEA Hosts Successful Missouri Advanced Lighting Workshop

MEEA Hosts Successful Missouri Advanced Lighting Workshop

In conjunction with DOE’s TAP and TINSSL programs, MEEA recently held the Missouri Advanced Lighting Workshop in St. Louis, bringing together representatives from ARRA-funded county and city governments, manufacturers, vendors, and utilities with independent experts in advanced lighting. Hosted at the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical [Continue]

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