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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]

Efficiency programs aim for our inner Captain Kirk

*This piece was originally written and posted by Dan Haugen on the Midwest Energy News Blog, Highwireon November 28th. Energy-efficiency wonks are gathering in Washington, D.C., this week for the annual Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference. The four-day event is a chance for behavioral scientists and energy-efficiency program managers to [Continue]

Spotlight – Energy Efficient Cities project in Minnesota

*The following is content from the Center for Energy and Environment 2011 Energy Efficient Cities report. The Energy Efficient Cities project took place in the state of Minnesota and used a community-based approach to achieve greater results in comprehensive, whole-house energy efficiency programs. Using citizens and community-based learning [Continue]

Wisconsin Energy Expo Recap

Wisconsin Energy Expo Recap

On Tuesday, October 25th the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) and Clean Wisconsin hosted over a dozen clean energy and energy efficiency companies at the 2011 Wisconsin Energy Expo. The event included expert speakers and exhibitors from various sectors of the energy field, including retailers, manufacturers, and environmental advocates [Continue]

Minnesota city considers new energy financing tool

Minnesota city considers new energy financing tool

*This piece was originally posted and written by Dan Haugen on the Midwest Energy News Blog, Highwire on November 3rd. A Minnesota city could soon become the first in the state to allow businesses to pay for solar and other renewable energy projects through a surcharge on their property taxes. Finance & Commerce reports that [Continue]

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]

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