Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Selected by U.S. Department of Energy to Provide Expertise on Stimulus Grant Projects

Contact: Bob Musinski, 312-251-9931
July 6, 2010
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Selected by U.S. Department of Energy to Provide Expertise on Stimulus Grant Projects
MEEA Will Consult on Regional Programs and National Lighting Projects
CHICAGO –Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to assist communities that are conducting energy efficiency programs funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. MEEA will work with the grantees to assist them with their implementation of their energy efficiency programs funded under ARRA.
MEEA, which is based in Chicago and covers a 13-state region, is part of the Department of Energy’s Recovery Act Technical Assistance provider network. It will work with communities in the Midwest that have received Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG), and State Energy Program (SEP) and  Retrofit Ramp-Up Initiative grants as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition, MEEA will take a leading national role in developing recommended programs and best practices in the area of energy efficient lighting.
“We look forward to the opportunity to work with the communities, large and small, throughout the Midwest that are implementing energy efficient programs thanks to new federal funding,” said Wendy Jaehn, executive director for Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. “Our goal is to help grantees make an impact right away and also develop programs that would be sustainable after ARRA funding ends, if possible.”
MEEA is a collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation. MEEA promotes the market transformation of energy efficiency technologies, processes and best practices throughout the region through policy advocacy, program design and facilitation and piloting of energy technologies. 
Over the last 10 years, the environmental impact of MEEA’s programming has saved 3,184,618,771 kilowatt hours and 65,278,123 therms, which, when combined, equal to 499,707 cars off the road.
MEEA is partnering with other non-profit organizations in the technical assistance network: Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (team lead), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SEEP), the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), and the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA).  
MEEA encourages organizations that have received ARRA funding to visit the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Solution Center. The online portal includes best practices, resources and other important tools and information, as well as a chance to ask for technical assistance.