The MEECA Maven:  News and updates on Michigan's energy efficiency industry. June 2016
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A Lone Stroll Through the Legislature

Though not as relaxing as a stroll on one of Michigan's great beaches, the stroll Michigan has been on attempting to secure our energy future has certainly been a long one.  

With the Legislature on their summer break starting in the second week of June, MEECA continues to monitor and react to the saga that is becoming Senate Bills 437 & 438.  Read Michigan's Energy Saga Continues below for an update as to where we are now.  The status of utility energy efficiency programs is trending in a positive direction.  

MEECA is hosting a Member Mixer on June 30th from 5:30PM - 7:30PM at Keller Plaza located at 100 E. Grand River Ave., Williamston, MI.  MEECA's president, Walt Dindoffer is our featured speaker and Frank Accavitti, Jr. our special guest.  Come hear what these thought leaders in Michigan's energy efficiency industry have to say about continuous commissioning and plans to win the U.S. Congressional 10th District seat.  This event is part of the DNV GL Trial Membership Program that brought in almost 30 members into the Association.  Plan to attend.  There is no fee, but contributions are always accepted. 

We partnered again with Resource Media via a webinar featuring Amy Frykman sharing their  insight on how to effectively message energy efficiency to building owners.  Check out her presentation below. 

Lastly, as July is right around the corner, please know MEECA is taking a break from July 18th - July 29th.  Brindley will be taking a vacation with his family and Katie will be heading to a family gathering during this timeframe.  We of course will be continuing on some MEECA projects, but not readily available these two weeks.  There will be no July Maven.  

Now back to that long stroll on a beach...from all of us at MEECA to all of you and yours...please find some time to get to a beach or other place of rejuvenation.   The summer will heat-up as will the Legislature upon their return in September. We will need to be fully recharged and ready when they do.

Have a great month of July! 


Brindley Byrd

Executive Director
(517) 203-9810

Michigan's Energy Saga Continues

By: Brindley Byrd
On May 25th, 2016 the Senate Energy & Technology Committee passed SB437 (S-3) with the vote being 6-1-3.  Senator Mike Shirkey (R) voted against this bill and the three Democrat Senators all passed on voting.  For SB438 (S-3) the vote was a straight party-line vote of 7-0-3.  The Democrats passing is a strong indication of their dissatisfaction with the bills.  Senator Nofs then started his efforts to see these bills get voted on by the Senate as a whole before their summer break. 

MEECA & DNV GL TMP Membership Mixer

By: Katie Graham 
Plan to attend the MEECA & DNV GL TMP Membership Mixer at MEECA/MIACCA's new office in Williamston, MI sponsored by Development Solutions and DNV GL Date: THIS Thursday, June 30th, 2016 from 5:30PM-7:30PM, Location Keller Plaza located at 100 E. Grand River Ave., Williamston, MI. 
Click Here for more information and registration.

Inspiring Energy Efficiency Investments 
By: Katie Graham 
In early June, MEECA paired with Resource Media yet again to give our members key insights on how to message energy efficiency to building owners. Thank you to all who registered and attended the webinar on June 9th, 2016. Amy Frykman, President of Resource Media presented findings that T focused on constructive ways to engage building owners and managers in conversation about energy efficiency improvements.

To view the presentation and Resource Media’s findings, click here...

2016 Michigan Energy Expo 

By: Katie Graham 
The Michigan Energy Expo took place this past weekend at the Ingham County Fair Grounds in Mason, MI. For the third year in a row, MEECA had a booth, continuing to build relationships with stakeholders in the Michigan energy efficiency industry. Brindley Byrd, Executive Director, MEECA was a panelist with two other MEECA members on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at the Sustainable Living Summit embedded within the Michigan Energy Fair.

Read the details of the presentations here... 

Report Leads to Clean Energy Manufacturing in MI

By: Katie Graham 
The Clean Energy Manufacturing Roadmap is a joint effort between the State of Michigan and Northeast Ohio, focusing on developing strategies for advancing energy manufacturing and potential building efficiency. It's always good to be reminded about Michigan's manufacturing past. As many of our members know manufacturing facilities have significant opportunities for energy savings. Some of our members are experts at helping specific manufacturers increase net profit while reducing imbedded energy into the products they manufacture. This report shows that the opportunities that come with a more efficient manufacturing sector will ultimately strengthen and build Michigan's integrated energy efficiency industry. 

Help Grow MEECA! Share our Membership Application with your colleagues.  There is Power In Numbers!

For more information please contact
Brindley Byrd at 517-203-9180 or

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