The MEECA Maven:  News and updates on Michigan's energy efficiency industry.  June 2015
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Spring Sprung, Summer Sizzles

Wading Through Various Energy Policies


Spring sprung various proposals on Michigan's future energy policies.  We reported extensively on HB4297 put forth by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) proposing to repeal Michigan's very successful Energy Optimization Programs and an outline proposed by Senator Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek) - both chairmen of their respective energy policy committees.    Democrat leaders in both the Senate and House proposed their Powering Michigan's Future plan expanding the Energy Optimization standards. 


 

MEECA's vice-president, Amanda Godward testified in the House Energy Policy Committee voicing strong opposition to Chairman Nesbitt's bill.  See full joint testimony here.  

 

The summer looks to sizzle as today, after a rather long period of anticipation, Senator Mike Nofs and Senator John Proos, chair and vice-chair of the Senate Energy & Technology Committee, introduced their bills SB437 and SB438.  These bills are an output from the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Workgroup that convened last summer and are these legislators first run at new laws governing Michigan's energy future. We will explore these bills more below.  

With the Senate looking to convene periodically throughout the summer, MEECA will stay on guard as these bills move through the committee process and continue to be the voice for Michigan's energy efficiency contractors.

On behalf of our members and board of directors, please have a safe and fun July 4th weekend celebrating the birth of our great nation!

 

Sincerely,

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

At Long Last Proposed Senate Energy Bills Drop

The Wait May Not Have Been Worth It  
 

In a two bill package released today, Senators Mike Nofs (R) and John Proos (R) released their long awaited vision of Michigan's energy future.  Senate Bill 437 amends Public Act 3 and addresses the issues of retail electric choice and proposed revisions to the integrated resource plans submitted by utility companies.  Nofs is the main sponsor of this bill that proposes to keep the 10% choice option currently in law.  

Senate Bill 438 amends Public Act 295 that details provisions for our state's renewable energy and energy optimization programs.  Proos is the main sponsor of this bill which calls for the end of the renewable energy portfolio standard and repeal of the electric energy optimization programs.  

As MEECA has long called for a robust and predictable energy efficiency industry for our state, it should not be a surprise that SB438 is causing some significant concern.

Read more about this bill here... 

Even though this weekend is one of our country's most cherished holidays...the work of energy advocacy must continue.  

The senators have asked that anyone with comments to these bills submit them through a member of the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Workgroup by Monday, July 6th.  As a member, comments to these bills can be submitted to Brindley Byrd at brindley@mecca.info. 

Save the Date!  

MEECA's 2nd Annual Banquet Scheduled  


Celebrating the dedication made by our initial board of directors, MEECA will hold our 2nd Annual Banquet on Wednesday, November 4th at the MSU Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing, MI.  

Tabletop sponsorships are available providing direct access to Michigan's leading energy efficiency contractors and energy stakeholders.  


Please contact Brindley Byrd at (517) 203-9180 or brindley@meeca.info for more information. 

Do You Have Excellence in Energy Efficiency?

Nominations now being accepted for GEEA

The Governor's Energy Excellence Awards (GEEA) is now accepting nominations!  

This first ever event looks to highlight the accomplishments of Michigan's energy efficiency industry by having Governor Rick Snyder select winners in the following categories:
  • Contractor of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year
  • Communication or Education Program
  • Best Projects
    • Residential
    • Commercial (Private)
    • Commercial (Public)
    • Industrial/Manufacturing
    • Agriculture
Nominations are accepted online at http://mienergyexcellence.org/nominations/ 
and are due by July 31st, 2015.  

Do you know a person or business in Michigan that represents the best in energy efficiency? Nominate them for the first annual Governor's Energy Excellence Awards! These prestigious awards are designed to honor the innovators, the trendsetters, and those completely committed to energy efficiency. Shine a spotlight on the people and organizations who are putting in the work to save energy and help Michigan become a leader in this important work.

To honor the award finalists, a celebration will be hosted by the GEEA Steering Committee in September 2015.  

Brindley Byrd is a committee member and can answer any questions nominators or nominees may have.  

Don't delay!! Nominate yourself or someone else today.  

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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