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Contact: Tiffany Clotfelter, 312-251-9931

February 2, 2015

tclotfelter@ksapr.com

Innovative Projects Engage Consumers, Businesses in Energy Savings via Technology
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Inspiring Efficiency Award Winners Celebrated

CHICAGO – The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) celebrates nine winners that helped Midwestern businesses and consumers save energy and money in new and innovative ways. The recipients of MEEA’s 2015 Inspiring Efficiency Awards include:

  • The development of an interactive smart phone app, which allows residential electric customers to see their energy usage in real-time.
  • An initiative that has helped to make Chicago a more affordable, competitive and sustainable city.
  • An industry leader who developed and managed an energy efficiency program portfolio that achieved the highest natural gas savings in the U.S.
  • Innovative new program to advance energy efficiency in low income housing, saving residents energy and money.

“These organizations, programs and individuals showcase the many benefits of energy efficiency, from saving money for consumers and businesses, to saving energy and creating new technologies and innovative programs,” said MEEA Interim Executive Director Stacey Paradis. “MEEA is pleased to recognize this group of winners as part of the 11th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards’”

The winners were honored at the Inspiring Efficiency Awards dinner and gala on Thursday, Jan. 29, during MEEA’s 13th annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference (www.mwalliance.org/conference/). The three-day conference, which ended Jan. 30 and was hosted at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, is the largest regional energy efficiency conference in the Midwest. 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. MEEA also honors one winner with the Inspiring Efficiency Chairman’s Award. Award recipients for 2015 included:

  • Education Award:
    • Nicor Gas won for its “What’s in the Box?” campaign that creatively simplified energy efficiency for homeowners and encouraged participation in Nicor Gas’ cost and energy saving programs.
  • Impact Awards:
    • The Illinois Public Housing Authority Efficient Living Program by the Illinois Public Housing Authority through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture is one of the few public sector programs in the nation to influence energy and cost saving measures at local public housing authorities. The program helped install 97,510 energy saving measures at 52 of 99 public housing authorities in Illinois.
    • Retrofit Chicago by the City of Chicago won for its role in helping to drive energy efficiency improvements, and associated cost savings, job creation and greenhouse gas reductions, in Chicago’s residential, commercial and municipal sectors.
  • Innovation Award:
    • AEP Ohio was honored for its Continuous Energy Improvement Program, one of the first Strategic Energy Management Programs in the U.S. to apply a full treatment of energy use in large industrial facilities.
    • DTE Energy was celebrated for its DTE insight app, which allows customers to see their energy usage in real-time allowing them to change their habits, saving more money and energy.
       
  • Marketing Award:
    • Nicor Gas also won for its Customer Journey Strategy. The strategy involved examining program interactions, removing barriers to participation, and redesigning marketing, outreach and communications strategies, to be customer-centered.
  • Leadership Award:
    • Carol Stemrich, demand side manager for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, won the leadership award for playing a key role in launching Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency program. Carol’s vision and passion helped establish Wisconsin as a national leader in energy efficiency.
    • Jim Jerozal, managing director of energy efficiency at Nicor Gas, was honored for developing a program portfolio that resulted in more natural gas savings last year than any other energy efficiency program in the U.S.
  • Chairman’s Award:
    • Tim Melloch, retired director of energy efficiency services at ComEd, became known as the ComEd Energy Doctor. He is honored for his role in managing one of the nation’s largest and most cost-effective energy efficiency portfolios, and for his role in helping ComEd customers reduce energy consumption by approximately 8.5 million MWh and save more than $800 million on their electric bills. The former chairman of the board of MEEA retired from ComEd in August 2014.

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 13th 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

 


 

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Contact: Lisa Soard, 312-251-9929

January 27, 2015

lsoard@ksapr.com

The Future of Energy Efficiency will be shaped at
Midwest Energy Solutions Conference in Chicago

CHICAGO – Innovations in systems to enhance energy efficiency, unique collaborations and new regulations, such as the EPA’s recently published Clean Power Plan, are changing the nation’s energy efficiency landscape. In the Midwest alone $1.6 billion was invested in electric and natural gas energy efficiency in 2013, and that amount is expected to grow to $1.78 billion by 2015.

More than 600 energy leaders from throughout the nation will gather Jan. 28 to 30 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers to explore these and other energy issues at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (MEEA) 13th annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference.

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

  • How can utilities turn consumer interest in energy efficiency into long-term action? (Jan. 28)
  • Why is it important for businesses and governments to make energy efficiency investments part of long-term strategies? (Jan. 29)
  • What are the challenges and solutions to saving energy in Midwestern agricultural operations? (Jan. 29)
  • What is Utility 2.0 and is it the utility business model of the future? (Jan. 30)

Other conference highlights include:

Wednesday, Jan. 28

  • Keynote Speaker: Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Director for the Office of Air and Radiation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1:15 to 2 p.m.
  • Energy Efficiency and the Clean Power Plan: A Choose Your Own Adventure for States: With the release of the U.S. EPA’s draft Clean Power Plan, states will need to weigh supply- and demand-side options in relation to one another. Panelists including Doug Scott, former chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, and Philip Mihlmester, ICF International executive vice president, will explore the factors that influence these decisions including resource potential, costs and reliability impacts. 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Under the Influence: How are Behavior Change Programs Going beyond Initial Influence to Achieve Sustained Energy Savings?: Social marketing and customized data have the power to catch community interest, but how can utilities turn that interest into long-term action? This panel will look at several emerging behavior-changing programs and the tactics used to leverage momentum into persistent savings. 4 to 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

  • The Brave New World of Integrated Efficiency: Panelists will discuss the potential for Integrated Efficiency in the Midwest and activities that could result in a large expansion of energy efficiency technologies in the near future. They also will discuss business model innovations that will enable market transformations. 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Agricultural Energy Efficiency: A Midwestern Imperative: Opportunities to save energy in Midwestern agricultural operations and rural small businesses abound, yet significant barriers still remain. Panelists will identify challenges, solutions and next steps to take in the Midwest.     1 to 2:15 p.m.
  • Friends with Non-energy Benefits: Beyond the Monetary Savings of Energy Efficiency: The benefits of energy efficiency for the customer are extensive: monetary savings, improved comfort and safety, increased employee productivity and better brand positioning. This panel will explore the latest trends in measuring and marketing these non-energy benefits and present a case study. 4 to 5:15 p.m.
  • 11th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner and Gala. MEEA presents awards in Education, Innovation, Impact, Marketing and Leadership and announces the 2015 Chairman’s Award winner. 7 to 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

  • Keynote Speaker: Terry Proffer from Major Geothermal on behalf of IKEA. 8:40 to 9 a.m.
  • Surfing Advanced Lighting's Cutting Edge...Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond: The digitization of lighting technology continues to drive transformative change. Efficiency, integrated control systems and consumer expectations are evolving in the new LED landscape. Panelists will discuss what’s currently possible in efficient lighting systems, and give a glimpse into the next wave for residential, commercial and industrial markets. 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • The Most Known Unknowns: The Future of Energy Efficiency in an Uncertain Environment: Recognized as valuable contributions to our resource mix, energy efficiency (EE) and demand response (DR) face an uncertain future in organized energy markets. Panelists present the effects of recent regulatory proceedings on the future role of EE and DR in capacity markets and opportunities and challenges for businesses bidding into these markets. 10:45 a.m. to 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 13th 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