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First Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Certificate of Completion Elwood Park Homeowner

CHICAGO – The state of Illinois has issued its first Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Certificate to homeowner Janet Jaback of Elmwood Park, Ill. The certificate verifies the energy savings realized by Jaback through her participation in the new program, which helps homeowners cut energy costs and make their homes more energy efficient. The [Continue]

Energy efficiency: Where to begin?

Ken’s original post can be found on the Midwest Energy News blog Highwire. Like most homeowners, I want to lower my energy bills. And I don’t suspect I’m atypical in not knowing exactly where to begin. When we bought our house just outside St. Paul, a smallish place built in 1922, the first place I [Continue]

Update – Illinois Home Performance Building Science Training Series: Infrared Technologies

Update – Illinois Home Performance Building Science Training Series: Infrared Technologies

Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (IHP) is currently sponsoring a building science training series. The most recent training took place in Normal, Illinois at Heartland Community College on Infrared technologies such as infrared cameras and images used to detect problem areas in buildings. Brian Kumer, owner of Thermal Imaging Services, [Continue]

Real-Estate Listings Are Getting Greener

Real-Estate Listings Are Getting Greener

The following was written by Dennis Rodkin and originally posted on www.chicagomag.com From left: Alyson Grady (Illinois Energy Office), Jamie Peters (Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance), Bruce Selway (Illinois Energy Office), Kimberly Radostits (Green Energy Improvement), and Bonita Marx (Green Energy Improvement) as Janet Jaback (center) [Continue]

Better Bulbs, Better Jobs: New NRDC Report Outlines Critical Benefits of Ohio Industry

Better Bulbs, Better Jobs: New NRDC Report Outlines Critical Benefits of Ohio Industry

The following is an original piece written by Dylan Sullivan with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The story was originally posted on the NRDC blog Switchboard on February 21, 2012. Maybe you’ve heard about the many benefits of the federal light bulb efficiency standards that went into effect almost two months ago, on January 1st: [Continue]

BCAP Gap Analyses a Resource for Midwest States

Energy Code Gap Analyses are reports that document a particular state’s energy code infrastructure to assess current gaps, identify best practices, and give recommendations for how these practices can be improved. The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) has conducted several Gap Analyses over the course of the past year and these analyses [Continue]

Illinois Carpenters Get Training for the Clean Energy Economy

Nick Magrisso recently posted a blog on the NRDC website highlighting the Carpenter Training Center in Elk Grove Village in Illinois as part of his series of exploratory video blogs on how energy efficiency is creating jobs in Illinois. It has been long recognized that a large amount of energy is wasted through improper or [Continue]

Kentucky Hosts First Efficiency Stakeholder Meeting

Kentucky Hosts First Efficiency Stakeholder Meeting

In February 2011, the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) contracted MEEA to manage a two and half year stakeholder process under a cooperative agreement with US Department of Energy.  MEEA’s role is to bring together stakeholders from all sectors to assess efforts by KY’s local utilities, industry and [Continue]

MEEA Signs on to Letters to Congress

MEEA Signs on to Letters to Congress

This past week MEEA signed on to voice our support for S. 1914, The Cut Energy Bills at Home Act, that has been introduced by Senators Snowe (R-ME), Bingaman (D-NM), and Feinstein (D-CA). This legislation would create performance-based tax credit for people to make whole house energy improvements. MEEA also signed-on to letters to the [Continue]

Michigan Continues to Beat Efficiency Targets

The Michigan Public Service Commission has just released its annual report to the state legislature on the implementation of its Energy Optimization (EO) program established under P.A. 295 of 2008.  This new report details the second year of EO program implementation and continues to show excellent work by the state’s investor-owned, [Continue]

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