Late Fall 2020 Newsletter
Periodic news and updates from the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA).
Annual Golf Outing: Better Late Than Never!
MEECA’s autumn schedule kicked off with the organization’s 4th Annual Golf Outing on September 9th. This year the pandemic required us to move the event from midsummer and make it smaller and simpler. Despite these adjustments and cool, damp weather, 48 people still safely gathered for a day of fun and camaraderie. Instead of the usual buffet reception in the clubhouse, the group enjoyed an informal outdoor get-together to unwind after golf.
A limited number of pictures from the outing can be found at this link.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event! MEECA is especially grateful to the following sponsors for their support.
Jim Newman Headlines Annual Membership Meeting
MEECA conducted its yearly membership meeting on October 15th. Jim Newman with Newman Consulting Group kicked things off with a Zoom presentation about indoor air quality and COVID-19. Jim, a MEECA member, is a nationally recognized expert in building science. Online resources related to buildings and COVID-19 include his Green Building Blog and most recommended websites.
Following Jim’s talk, the business meeting featured updates on MEECA’s finances, administration, membership services and public policy engagement. Much of this dealt with ongoing impacts of the pandemic on the organization and its members. The board then discussed initial steps for strategic planning to begin in early 2021.
The 2020-2021 Board of Directors was also announced:
- Congratulations to new board members Kirstin Policastro (E3, Inc.), Kevin Anderson (Development Solutions Midwest), Sean McCoy (DNV GL), and Sam Tilmon (Duro-Last, Inc.).
- Welcome back to re-elected board members Dwight Hawks (Hawks and Associates), Ryan Oswald (Pure Eco), Malcolm Miller (Walker-Miller Energy Services), and Pete Kiser (Behler-Young).
- A huge thank you to departing board members Katie Chapman (Duro-Last, Inc.), Walt Dindoffer (Development Solutions Midwest), Ashley Lucier (SEEL), and Bill Ringrose (DNV GL).
MEECA Co-Hosts Residential Net Zero Conference
Building on a similar event last year, MEECA worked with several partners to host a residential net zero energy conference during October 20-22nd. The three-day virtual event, aimed at sharing the latest information about net zero construction and renovation techniques in the residential sector, attracted several hundred participants. MEECA executive director David Gard moderated two panels during the conference. Recordings of all plenary and breakout panel sessions are available on YouTube.
Conference partners included Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA), Michigan Geothermal Energy Association (MGEA), GreenHome Institute (GHI), University of Michigan, and Architectural Resource, LLC.
The following sponsors supported this educational conference:
Welcome aboard to the three newest members of MEECA!
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Contractor Information from LARA
LARA Trades Connection: September 2020 (Fall)
Building Energy Code Info: If you would like to receive emails about Michigan energy code adoption from the state agency, send a message that reads “I would like to receive all notifications related to the MI energy code” to: LARA-BCC-Rules@michigan.gov
Public Policy Updates
Governor Launches Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan
This fall Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled a plan to reduce Michigan’s greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent below 1999 levels by 2025. The MI Healthy Climate Plan creates the Climate Solutions Council that will develop the roadmap to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality.
The effort will be led by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) in partnership with other state agencies and departments, including the MPSC. Fourteen citizens with relevant expertise will also be selected to serve on the Council.
The plan requires all new buildings and facilities owned and operated by the state, and all major renovations to those structures be carbon neutral by 2040, and all existing buildings and facilities reduced energy use by 40 percent by 2040. It also directs Department of Treasury to make recommendations for minimizing this transition’s negative impacts such as dislocation, and potential loss of jobs and tax base.
MI Power Grid Stakeholder Process
Launched in October 2019, MI Power Grid is a focused, multi-year stakeholder initiative supported by Governor Whitmer and the MPSC to maximize the benefits of the transition to clean, distributed energy resources for Michigan residents and businesses. Click here for a status report on the initiative.
MEECA is currently participating in the Integration of Resource / Distribution / Transmission Planning workgroup. The next meeting will be 1:00-4:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
Final 2021 MEMD Released
MPSC recently published the final version of the 2021 Michigan Energy Measures Database (MEMD). Visit the MPSC website for more information.
Michigan EWR and DR Statewide Potential Study
The MPSC has selected Guidehouse Inc. to conduct the study of Michigan’s technical, economic, and achievable energy waste reduction and demand response potential. The study period is 2021 to 2040. The project is expected to be completed by August 30, 2021.
MEECA participated in the initial stakeholder session. The next public meeting will be in late January. In the meantime, contact David Gard at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions for how this statewide study should be conducted.
Incoming Biden Administration Energy Plan
Early clues about the priorities of President-Elect Biden's energy priorities can be found at the Biden/Harris transition website. Here is language pertaining to energy savings:
Upgrade 4 million buildings and weatherize 2 million homes over 4 years, creating at least 1 million good-paying jobs with a choice to join a union; and also spur the building retrofit and efficient-appliance manufacturing supply chain by funding direct cash rebates and low-cost financing to upgrade and electrify home appliances and install more efficient windows, which will cut residential energy bills.
EE in the News
MI Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)
MI Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)
Industry Updates from American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 5, 2020
4:00-5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2020
The Effects of COVID-19 on Energy Efficiency
1:00-3:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, December 10, 2020
4:00 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2020
Consumers Energy HVAC Program Update
Reminder to submit all applications with ECM motors by December 31, 2020!
ECM motors will no longer be eligible for a rebate, effective January 2021. Direct any questions to the Account Advocate Team at email@example.com or 855-263-5390.
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2021
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2021
February 16-19, 2021
EGLE’s Michigan K-12 Public School HVAC Assistance Program
Michigan licensed HVAC contractors are encouraged to be apply to the Michigan K-12 Public School HVAC Assistance Program (link) for assisting schools with recommendations to reduce infectious aerosol transmission via the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems. Participating HVAC contractors complete a program provided onsite HVAC inspection checklist, at pre-approved K-12 public school buildings, to generate a recommendation report with cost estimates for implementation.
The maximum award is $15,000 per applicant, with a maximum payment of $1,500 per completed checklist report. Awards will be given on a first come, first served basis until funding is depleted. Michigan licensed HVAC contractors can apply by completing a brief online application (link).
Additional information is available on the Michigan K-12 Public School HVAC Assistance Program website (link). Questions can be directed to David Herb,
EGLE Energy Services at HerbD@michigan.gov.
HEPA Filter Rebates
Consumers Energy is offering HEPA filter rebates through the Business Instant Discount Program to help with State of Michigan funded HVAC Assistance Program for K-12 Schools.
Click here for program details.
Current incentive up to $80 per qualifying filter at participating distributors. Visit this website for a list of distributors and current instant rebates.
Online Contractor Trainings for PACE Certification
Want to become a PACE Certified contractor or consultant? Want to re-certify with the latest updates in the Michigan PACE market? Lean & Green Michigan's PACE Contractor Training service is available on our website!