The Midwest Industrial Initiative (MI2) from MEEA is designed to be a resource for Industrial customers across the region to access information about energy efficiency opportunities and provide utility support for industrial programs. MEEA plans to be the source for industrial-utility interaction to promote good policy and program uptake across the Midwest.
Industrial energy use makes up 26% of the electric consumption and 33% of the natural gas consumption in MEEA's 13 Midwestern states. The region has enjoyed historically low priced energy, but as efficiency legislation is enacted and clean air standards and other regulations are becoming more stringent, energy prices are increasing.
In order to help assist manufacturing competitiveness, MEEA has launched the Midwest Industrial Initiative (MI2) as a resource to connect industrials with local and national energy efficiency information and contacts. MI2, acting as a gateway for Federal industrial initiatives, will be a regional network for state, local and utility efficiency programs and professionals creating a one-stop shop that links industrials with policy and program best practices to make more informed decisions about the advantages of installing energy efficient technologies and processes.