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Industrial EE Problems? Go Straight to the Source

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Industrial energy efficiency is losing ground in the Midwest. Though it’s one of the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures, states are increasingly allowing industrial customers to opt-out of paying into energy efficiency programs or exempting them from doing so altogether. As a result, overall energy savings and the cost-effectiveness of EE programs are on the edge of decline. Consider the sheer volume and impact of industrial processes in the Midwest and it becomes clear that opt-outs present a massive missed opportunity for industrial energy efficiency. More importantly, significant potential energy and financial savings for industrial utility customers will be lost. Thirty-eight percent of industrial sector electricity is…

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Chicago Proposes 4-Star Rating System for Benchmarking

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Improving energy performance in buildings is a key strategy for the City of Chicago, which has committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. This includes a 26-28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025; the city is currently 40% of the way to meeting that goal. Because the energy used in buildings accounts for over 70% of the city’s current greenhouse gas emissions, reducing building energy use is essential to meeting this goal. To that end, the City of Chicago is proposing new updates to its energy benchmarking ordinance. The current ordinance was established in 2013, and requires commercial and multifamily buildings of 50,000 square feet or more to measure and report on their energy usage. The ordinance covers…

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MEEA's Julia Friedman Named One of Midwest Energy News' "40 Under 40"

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Earlier this month, Midwest Energy News released its annual 40 Under 40, which “highlights emerging leaders through the region and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy.” Included in this auspicious list was MEEA Senior Policy Associate Julia Friedman. Julia is an invaluable member of the MEEA team and the EE industry, advocating for state-level energy efficiency policies and fostering crucial relationships between governments, utilities and other stakeholders. Midwest Energy News also honored several MEEA members including: Angelina Benson-Glanz, Elevate Energy Jessica Burdette, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources Aakash Chandarana, Xcel Energy William Haas,…

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