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Deadline Extended for 11th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Award Applications

Apply for an Inspiring Efficiency Award in:

Education
Impact
Innovation
Leadership
Marketing

 

More information on each category and application downloads.

 

Deadline extended to Monday, September 15.

 

Questions? Contact awards@mwalliance.org

 

Previous Awardees

 

Don't forget to purchase your ticket to the Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner and Gala when registering for the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference.
 


Press Release

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Contact: Tim Frisbie, 312-251-9913

January 15, 2014

tfrisbie@ksapr.com

MEEA Recognizes Former Executive Directors with 2014 Chairman’s Award for Leadership in Promoting Energy Efficiency

CHICAGO – The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) today recognized its three former executive directors – Alecia Ward, Wendy Jaehn and Jay Wrobel – with the organization’s 2014 Chairman’s Award.  Bestowed each year at the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference, the Chairman’s Award is given to an organization or individual exhibiting outstanding commitment to the advancement of MEEA initiatives and energy efficiency in the Midwest.

“MEEA is unique in the way it balances the diverse interests of its members and network, across the public and private sectors, to create a common ground on energy efficiency,” said MEEA Board Chairman Tim Melloch, ComEd director of energy efficiency services. “MEEA’s structure and success is largely thanks to the vision of its first three executive directors. We are very proud to recognize three of our own – Alecia, Wendy and Jay – with this year’s Chairman’s Award.”

Since its founding, MEEA has grown to more than 150 members, increased annual revenues to more than $5 million and designed and implemented more than 50 successful programs and policy initiatives.

According to Melloch, each of MEEA’s three executive directors played a distinct role in that success:

Alecia Ward
As the founding executive director of MEEA, Ward worked tirelessly beginning in 1999 to develop a regional energy efficiency organization in the Midwest. She oversaw MEEA’s formal incorporation in 2000 and started running “Change A Light” and refrigerator recycling programs in 2002. Ward also led the creation of the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference and the Inspiring Efficiency Awards and was the face for energy efficiency advocacy in state capitols across the Midwest. When she left MEEA in 2008, the organization had grown to more than 70 members and 12 employees.

Wendy Jaehn
Jaehn was MEEA’s first program associate, working closely with MEEA’s executive director to create and expand efficiency programs throughout the region. She later expanded her role to become the deputy director, then president and CEO from 2008 through 2010. Jaehn worked behind the scenes to create MEEAs infrastructure and solid financial platform and ensure a strong strategic plan. During Jaehn’s leadership membership expanded to more than 100 organizations, the footprint grew to mirror the Midwestern Governor’s Association, and MEEA was active with program and policy work in nine states.

Jay Wrobel
Wrobel joined MEEA as a program manager in 2006 and served as a leader in identifying new technologies and developing new programs. He became MEEA’s program director in 2007 and was named executive director in 2010. Under Wrobel’s leadership, MEEA’s membership grew to 150 organizations, the staff increased to nearly 30 team members and the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference became one of the largest energy efficiency events in the country. While at MEEA, Wrobel was responsible for creating the Participating Energy Efficiency Contractors network, HVAC Saves and the Midwest Industrial Initiative.

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About Midwest Energy Solutions Conference
The Midwest Energy Solutions Conference is the largest event of its kind in the region. Each year it brings together a broad range of private- and public-sector thought leaders from around the nation who share a vested interest in energy efficiency. Now in its 12th year, the conference continues to grow as energy efficiency investment increases in states across the Midwest.

The conference is presented by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), the region’s source on energy efficiency. Formed in 2000, MEEA is committed to advancing sound energy efficiency programs, policies and priorities in the Midwest. MEEA’s membership represents a broad consortium of energy stakeholders from across a 13-state area.


Press Release

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Contact: Tim Frisbie, 312-251-9913

January 16, 2014

tfrisbie@ksapr.com

Innovative Projects Help Promote Energy Literacy Among Students, Slash Energy Costs for Small Businesses

10th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Award Winners Celebrated

CHICAGO – Nine regional winners have been selected for recognition by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) for helping Midwestern businesses and consumers save energy and money in new and innovative ways. The recipients of MEEA’s 2014 Inspiring Efficiency Awards include:

  • An education program that has increased energy literacy among more than 3 million K-12 students and inspired similar programs in other states and even other nations, including Japan and Taiwan.
  • An initiative that has helped low-income customers in Ohio pay their natural gas bills while saving an estimated 32 million Mcf of natural gas over the lifetime of the energy conservation measures implemented to date.
  • A program that has allowed more than 7,000 Wisconsin small businesses to save over $12 million in energy costs in the last 14 months.
  • A marketing campaign that used QR codes, YouTube videos and a custom mobile app to engage and encourage Illinois business owners to learn more about energy efficiency.

“These programs showcase the many benefits of energy efficiency, from saving money and energy to creating economic opportunity and ensuring a healthier and more sustainable environment for tomorrow,” said MEEA Executive Director Doug Newman. “MEEA is pleased to recognize this group of winners as part of the Inspiring Efficiency Awards’ tenth anniversary.”

The winners were honored at the Inspiring Efficiency Awards dinner and gala on Wednesday, Jan. 15, during MEEA’s 12th annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference (www.meeaconference.org).  The three-day conference, which runs through Thursday at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, is the largest regional energy efficiency conference in the nation. The event brings together a broad range of private- and public-sector thought leaders in energy strategy, policy, technology and program design and implementation.

The Inspiring Efficiency Awards competition recognizes Midwest energy efficiency leaders in five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Innovation and Marketing.  The Inspiring Efficiency Chairman’s Award is also bestowed each year to an individual or organization that has exhibited exemplary leadership for energy efficiency in the Midwest and support of MEEA.

Award recipients for 2014 included:

  • Education Awards:
    • AEP Ohio, for its program that helped waste and wastewater treatment plants across Ohio cut energy use and save money for taxpayers.
    • The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Center for Environmental Education, for its Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) that has brought educators and energy professionals together for the last two decades to promote energy literacy in Wisconsin.
       
  • Impact Award:
    • ComEd and Nicor Gas, for a New Construction Service program that provides a combination of education, financial incentives and technical assistance to building owners and design teams.
    • Columbia Gas of Ohio, for WarmChoice®, a program that, for the last 26 years, has helped low-income customers who struggle to pay their gas bills.
       
  • Innovation Award: Focus on Energy for a program that uses a statewide network of specially trained contactors to conduct free energy use assessments and install energy efficiency products that help small business owners reduce their energy costs.
     
  • Marketing Award: Ameren Illinois, for its ActOnEnergy Business Symposium series that educates business owners on the value of energy efficiency and connects them with financial incentives, resources and project partners.
     
  • Leadership Award: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, whose administration has implemented several highly effective projects to reduce energy costs of county government operations while creating jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money for local taxpayers.
     
  • Chairman’s Award: MEEA’s three previous executive directors, Alecia Ward, Wendy Jaehn and Jay Wrobel for their outstanding commitment to the advancement of MEEA initiatives and energy efficiency in the Midwest.

More information about the Inspiring Efficiency Awards and this year’s recipients can be found at www.meeaconference.org.

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About Midwest Energy Solutions Conference
The Midwest Energy Solutions Conference is the largest event of its kind in the region. Each year it brings together a broad range of private- and public-sector thought leaders from around the nation who share a vested interest in energy efficiency. Now in its 12th year, the conference continues to grow as energy efficiency investment increases in states across the Midwest.

The conference is presented by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), the region’s source on energy efficiency. Formed in 2000, MEEA is committed to advancing sound energy efficiency programs, policies and priorities in the Midwest. MEEA’s membership represents a broad consortium of energy stakeholders from across a 13-state area.


Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tim Frisbie, 312-251-9913

Jan. 13, 2014

tfrisbie@ksapr.com

Midwest Energy Solutions Conference in Chicago to Cover Utility Program Innovations, New Regulations and the Future of Energy Efficiency

CHICAGO – Innovations in utility-run efficiency programs and new regulations, such as the recently published EPA rules limiting emissions from existing power plants, are changing the nation’s energy efficiency landscape. In the Midwest alone more than $1.45 billion was invested in electric and natural gas energy efficiency in 2012, and that amount is expected to grow to $1.81 billion by 2015.

More than 600 energy leaders from across the nation will gather Jan. 14-16 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago to explore these and other energy issues at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (MEEA) 12th annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference.

This week’s conference will address emerging energy industry trends, taking on critical questions such as:

  • How can the industrial sector participate in energy efficiency? (Jan. 14)
  • Is efficiency moving beyond program savings? (Jan. 14)
  • How are utility incentives supporting efficiency? (Jan. 16)
  • What solutions are emerging to lighting’s darkest challenges? (Jan. 16)

Immediately prior to the start of the conference on Tuesday, MEEA will co-sponsor the Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit: Scoring Savings with Effective Program Design from 8:30 AM to noon featuring an overview of best-in-class industrial energy efficiency programs. The summit is sponsored by MEEA in conjunction with the Midwestern Governors Association, the Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources, Great Plains Institute, World Resources Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the SEE Action Network.

Other conference highlights include:

Tuesday, Jan. 14

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy. 1:15 – 2 p.m.
  • Energy Efficiency – Beyond Program Savings: Utility-run energy efficiency programs have traditionally been the backbone of the energy efficiency industry. But what other needs can energy efficiency fill? Panelists including Kentucky Energy Secretary Len Peters and private financier Mike Gordon of Joule Energy Reduction Assets discuss new ways to realize potential savings. 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Residential Energy Efficiency Programming Innovations: Residential program experts will discuss the biggest innovations in residential programming, such as real-time evaluation, residential energy service contracts, and retailers’ and manufacturers’ roles in residential energy efficiency.      4 – 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

  • Emerging Practices for Evaluating Energy Efficiency Programs: Panelists will discuss new and emerging models for measuring utility efficiency programs. 3:45 – 5 p.m.
  • Realizing the Savings of Potential Energy Codes: How can we be sure that the energy savings promised in new energy codes actually materialize? Panelists will discuss training, formation of compliance collaboratives, ways codes can dovetail with utility programs and more. 3:45 – 5 p.m.
  • 10th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner and Gala. MEEA presents awards in Education, Innovation, Impact, Marketing and Leadership and announces the 2014 Chairman’s Award winner. 7 – 9 p.m.

Thurs, Jan. 16

  • Keynote Speaker: Jamie Meyers, Walgreens Manager of Sustainability. 8:40 – 9 a.m.
  • What are the Barriers to New Technology Adoption?: What are the policy, market and procedural barriers that inhibit new efficient technologies? How can we move consumers and commercial and institutional entities to adopt new programs? Panelists will highlight lessons learned and university-based research focused on technology deployment. 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Emergent Solutions to Lighting’s Darkest Challenges: Digitalization of lighting technology presents one of the broadest channels for energy savings, yet industry professionals face daily hurdles in the push to accelerate market adoption. The session spotlights the brightest solutions for today’s key barriers to advanced lighting and controls. 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For a detailed conference agenda, visit www.meeaconference.org.

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About Midwest Energy Solutions Conference
The Midwest Energy Solutions Conference is the largest event of its kind in the region. Each year it brings together a broad range of private- and public-sector thought leaders from around the nation who share a vested interest in energy efficiency. Now in its 12th year, the conference continues to grow as energy efficiency investment increases in states across the Midwest.

The conference is presented by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), the region’s source on energy efficiency. Formed in 2000, MEEA is committed to advancing sound energy efficiency programs, policies and priorities in the Midwest. MEEA’s membership represents a broad consortium of energy stakeholders from across a 13-state area. www.mwalliance.org


January 2, 2014 - Join us at the pre-conference Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit: Scoring Savings with Effective Program Design

Join us for a pre-conference Summit on the very best-in-class ratepayer funded industrial energy efficiency programs and learn how they are working for the industries that use them. The SEE Action Network and World Resources Institute/ACEEE will present new reports on best practices and a panel of industries will share the characteristics of programs that work well for them.

The Summit will be on Tuesday, January 14 from 8:30 – 12:00 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. There is no charge for the event. Conference attendees and others are welcome.

The Summit is sponsored by the Midwestern Governors Association, the Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources, Great Plains Institute, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, World Resources Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the SEE Action Network.

Due to the generous support of our sponsors there is no cost to attend the summit.

Detailed Agenda and Registration Information


December 9, 2013 - Discounted Transportation from Airports Offered

GO Airport Express has offered MES 2014 attendees a 10% discount on shuttles from O'Hare and Midway!

GO Airport Express offers airport shuttle services between Chicago area locations and O'Hare and Midway Airports. Efficient, safe, and economical airport shuttles depart from O'Hare and Midway Airports every 15 minutes for Chicago downtown and many suburban locations. Ground transportation is arranged by making a reservation. Visit their site to make your airport shuttle reservations, or call 1-800-284-3826 and use your 10% discount code: “ME-2014” (all one word).


November 25, 2013 - Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended to Friday December 13th

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: MEEA has extended the early bird registration date to Friday, December 13th. Make sure to take advantage of these special prices for you and your staff before it is too late.

The 2014 MES conference had nearly 600 of the region’s leading efficiency professionals, representing over 200 companies. The Midwest Energy Solutions Conference has grown every year and we expect over 600 attendees in January. Become a sponsor and exhibit your company to extend your reach to the Midwest’s leaders in energy efficiency. MEEA members receive a 20% discount off conference sponsorship and the lowest registration fees. This special opportunity is only available to our members.


October 17, 2013 - Welcome to the newly-rebuilt MEEACONFERENCE.ORG!

Our previous site was built for the 2009 conference, and had been showing its age. This upgraded site will allow us to better serve our attendees and members with reorganized archives of past conferences and awards, easy access to materials for the 2014 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference, increased visibility for our conference sponsors, and quick post-conference recaps.

The new site provides our staff the flexibility and scalability of new web technologies that will allow us to easily keep the site fresh with the up-to-date registration, sponsorship,housing, and agenda information that you are looking for.

We hope you enjoy the new MEEACONFERENCE.ORG and we welcome your feedback.  If you have any questions about the site, the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference, or the Inspiring Efficiency Awards, you can contact us at conference@mwalliance.org.