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Utilities eye greater role in building codes

Utilities eye greater role in building codes

Building inspectors could soon have a new ally to assist with code enforcement: the local utility. With several states adopting new energy codes at a time when cash-strapped building departments are already spread thin, there’s concern that lack of funding for training and enforcement could cause compliance to lag. Meanwhile, many utilities are [Continue]

BOC Veterans Training Update

The BOC Veterans Pilot at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL finished with a media blitz that included two local TV news stations airing segments about the pilot. The TV segments include an interview with Michael Wright, one of the veterans that earned the certification. A few dozen news websites posted stories about the [Continue]

New K-12 Direct Install Program has filled 25% of the available slots for the 2012-2013 Program Year!

Since its launch on November 1, 2012, MEEA’s new Direct Install Program has already slated 25% of the available public school openings for the 2012-2013 Program Year.  Through support from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) State Energy Office, the Direct Install Program brings FREE gas and electric energy [Continue]

RECAP – MEEA webinar on the New Political Landscape for Energy Efficiency in the Midwest

The MEEA Policy Webinar – The New Political Landscape for Energy Efficiency was held on Wednesday, November 28th form 2-3:30pm. The webinar outlined the results of the November 2012 elections, including gubernatorial and state legislative elections and subsequent utility commission appointments.  The presentation also included a discussion [Continue]

Illinois Adopts 2012 IECC Code

Illinois became the first state in the country to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code as its mandatory statewide building energy code, set to take effect January 1, 2013¹.  The 2012 IECC was adopted in its entirety, with minor adjustments on the residential code, after the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules [Continue]

Michigan Solid-State Lighting Symposium

For those in the Michigan area, please consider attending the Michigan Solid-State Lighting Association’s Annual Symposium this Friday in Detroit. The event, hosted by NextEnergy, will provide valuable information on this fast moving technology to representatives of municipalities, educational and healthcare institutions, and small business [Continue]

Michigan Governor Snyder’s Message on Ensuring our Future: Energy Efficiency and the Environment

Earlier today, Michigan Governor Snyder delivered a special message  to Michiganders and the Michigan Legislature on “ Ensuring our Future: Energy and the Environment.”  The energy efficiency highlights of this message include: “Energy efficiency is the best example of a no-regrets policy Michigan can have. It makes us more reliable, more [Continue]

Desktop Power Management Program Switches On for Some Illinois Commercial Customers

Resource Solutions Group launched its Desktop Power Management program last month, helping commercial computer users learn to power down and save – with lower energy bills and cash incentives. In mid-October, Resource Solutions Group launched the Desktop Power Management Program, offering energy savings and cash rebates for commercial customers [Continue]

MEEA Releases Midwest EE Policy and Program Resource Guide

MEEA Releases Midwest EE Policy and Program Resource Guide

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance releases new resource guide for policymakers on proven policy and program successes from across the region. With $1.7 billion expected to be spent on Energy Efficiency in the Midwest by 2015, energy efficiency investment has grown exponentially in the last ten years. While only $200 million was spent on [Continue]

Illinois Building Operator Certification® Program Helping Veterans Get Jobs, Save Energy

Program’s dual benefits train and employ veterans and save energy for Illinois businesses Springfield, IL, November 9, 2012 – The State of Illinois is helping its unemployed and underemployed veterans earn the nationally-recognized Building Operator Certification (BOC®) and achieve gainful employment through the BOC Veterans Pilot program. [Continue]

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