The MEECA Maven:  News and updates on Michigan's energy efficiency industry. February 2015
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A Little Late, But Worth the Wait? 

Growing Concern in Lansing Realized 
 

Throughout the month of February, MEECA has been meeting with returning and new legislators on the Senate and House energy committees.  As the meetings and month progressed, MEECA members were made aware of a growing concern that could significantly negatively impact their business. Late in February we shared with our membership that the Michigan House Energy Policy Committee chairman was soon to drop a bill to repeal Michigan's Energy Optimization (EO) programs.  Yesterday, Aric Nesbitt (R) did just that.  So, not wanting to work off rumor, we waited until the draft bill dropped to issue February's Maven.

Earlier in the week Senator Mike Nofs (R), chairman of the Senate Energy & Technology Committee issued an outline for his vision of Michigan's future energy policies which also included repeal of the EO programs.  Additionally, just this week, Democrats from both chambers issued a press release supporting increasing the EO standard.  Read more on these developments below. 

MEECA is an advocate for Michigan's energy efficiency industry -- period.  Our membership is made up of a cross section of business types and political persuasions.  Following the direction of our board, MEECA espouses no particular political philosophy on the role of government.  We have and will continue to work both sides of the aisle to see that Michigan has the most robust energy efficiency industry in the nation.

As successful business owners, our members overcome the challenges imposed by onerous government regulation everyday.  However, they also know that when it comes to protecting the public interest regarding access to affordable energy supply, government's role is critical.       

The deal struck almost 100 years ago through Title II, entitles utilities to maintain a monopoly position in exchange for having virtually every aspect of their business be regulated; from being required to generate power all the way to the percent of net profit they get to earn.  Earning a profit is a concept MEECA members fully understand.  Earning a guaranteed profit by law is a good gig if you can get it.  

The challenge before MEECA and its members for the next few months of energy debate is:   How do we ensure utilities deploy the most cost effective resource available -- that being energy efficiency -- through what will continue to be a regulated industry?   

One way is by increasing our Power In Numbers and having businesses who benefit from what have been proven to be the most cost effective energy resource join together to advocate for Michigan's energy efficiency industry.  

Join MEECA today as we advocate for an integrated energy efficiency market.  

 

Sincerely,

  
Brindley Byrd
Executive Director
brindley@meeca.info 
517-203-9180

An Integrated Energy Efficiency Market 

Working with Stakeholders  
 

Certainly the announcements this week coming from the Republican energy committee chairmen proposing to repeal Michigan's Energy Optimization (EO) programs brought serious concern throughout all stakeholders in Michigan's energy efficiency industry.  These stakeholders include: 
  • Local Community Action Agencies who utilize EO funding to help low income homeowners eliminate energy waste,
  • Small and large businesses planning future energy efficiency upgrades that unlock spending throughout the economy,
  • Contractors who utilize utility incentive programs to close more deals,
  • Energy efficiency advocates who see the important role our EO programs play in securing affordable energy for Michigan rate-payers,
  • Michigan utility companies required to utilize cost-effective ways to provide power.
  • Michigan rate-payers who are concerned with the impending significant rate-hikes. 
Click here to read more about the proposals...

Make Plans to Attend the 2015 Michigan C&I Energy Conferences

Two Great Events.  One Great State.   


MEECA is proud to partner with the 2015 Michigan Commercial & Industrial Conferences hosted by Efficiency UNITED.  

Being held in the Upper Peninsula on April 1st and the Lower Peninsula on April 8th, the 2015 Michigan C&I Conferences targeting commercial and industrial utility customers giving them a chance to:
  • Network one-on-one with energy efficiency experts
  • Develop an energy efficiency strategy
  • Attend informative breakout sessions 
  • Understand rebate and financing options
  • Attend for FREE 
Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities start at $150.  
  
 

MEECA Membership Continues to Grow

Our Power is Growing

During February, MEECA gained three new members who want to see that Michigan has the most robust energy efficiency industry in the nation.  

  1. Ms Green Construction -- A Contractor Member, based in Ann Arbor, MI providing home performance solutions throughout Southeast Michigan.
     
  2. Midwest Energy Solutions -- A Contractor Member, based in Kalamazoo, MI providing energy efficiency solutions to their commercial clients throughout Michigan.  
     
  3. Flame Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical -- A Contractor Member, based in Warren, MI that provides home performance solutions throughout Southeast Michigan.    

Join MEECA TODAY!


The Voice for Michigan's Energy Efficiency Contractors

MEECA Keeping PACE in Michigan

Register TODAY for PACE Training  

MEECA has partnered with Lean and Green Michigan to provide a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) contractor training on March 11, 2015 in Williamston, Michigan from 10am to 2pm. 

Attendees will receive live training on how to maximize the benefits of Lean & Green PACE financing for their business, a light breakfast, a PACE training manual (electronic and paper), and marketing materials that can be used to incorporate PACE financing in project proposals. 


The cost of the training is $125 for MEECA members or $150 per person for non-MEECA members.
 
These payments can be made via Paypal. For non-MEECA members, the $150 Lean & Green Michigan registration fee can be applied toward becoming a MEECA member.

Training Details: 
Lean & Green Michigan and MEECA Training
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Keller Plaza - Energy Cafe
120 East Grand River 
Williamston, MI

*Please note: This venue is located in downtown Williamston on the southeast corner of Putnam and Grand River. Google Maps will take you to the wrong location if you only search for "120 E. Grand River."
 

To join MEECA please complete our Membership Application.

For more information please contact Brindley Byrd at 517-203-9180  or brindley@meeca.info.

 
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