November 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA). Continue reading to learn more about what's been happening as we head into late fall.
MEECA Hosts Zero Net Energy Event in Detroit
Image: The recently renovated IBEW Local 58 Zero Net Energy training facility in Corktown.
On Wednesday, November 28th, nearly forty people gathered in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood to see how a 1960s-vintage cinder block structure became Michigan's largest zero net energy (ZNE) building to date. By definition, a ZNE building self-generates at least as much energy as it consumers on an annual basis.
The owner, IBEW Local 58, wanted to bring the 33,000 square foot training facility into the 21st century and serve as a learning laboratory for the next generation of electricians. They also wanted to save money. The result is a building that no longer uses natural gas and relies exclusively on an electric geothermal system for space heating and cooling. Other highlights of the renovation include 6-inch foam structural insulated panels (SIPS) manufactured in Michigan, a 175 kilowatt DC rooftop solar system, and an number of other energy conservation measures that have yielded an Energy Star rating of 95.
On hand were project leaders Ken Nielsen and Walt Dindoffer to describe the specific technical elements that together have slashed IBEW’s monthly utility bill and delivered a comfortable modern learning environment. Also attending were other contractors and engineers who contributed their expertise. For more details about this award-winning project, check out this recent blog by Doug Elbinger.
Following the technical presentation and facility tour, the group reconvened at Slows BBQ down the street for more networking and fun. See the image gallery below for pictures from the event.
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EE in the News
Kentwood’s PACE program promotes energy efficiency
WKTV reports on the City of Kentwood’s recent adoption of Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE. According to the article, Kentwood has joined 22 Michigan counties and over a dozen cities and townships in enabling the clean energy financing tool. For more information about Kentwood’s PACE program, see the article.
Taking Stock of Michigan’s Energy Efficiency Performance
In a recent interview, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) senior fellow Marty Kushler discussed Michigan’s continuous progress in saving energy. He reviews the state’s trajectory since 2008 when utility companies were required to establish electricity and natural gas efficiency programs. To read the full interview with Dr. Kushler, click here.
Five Building Projects Honored for Performance Contract Savings
Building projects in Delhi Charter Township, Livonia, Romulus, and St. Clair Shores have been recognized for leadership in energy savings through performance contracts. They were featured at the 2018 Leadership in Energy Efficiency event hosted by the Energy Services Coalition—Michigan Chapter. Together they are annually saving $3.5 million from combined investments of over $39 million. For more information, read the State of Michigan’s press release.
National Climate Assessment Points to Region-specific Impacts
The federal government’s fourth National Climate Assessment has been released. It discusses region-specific impacts to be expected going forward. Among these, the Midwest can expect hotter summers and higher springtime humidity. These realities will influence how energy efficiency measures are planned and deployed. Also, results of the report point to how public policy might evolve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support communities as they adapt to a changing climate over time. Listen to a report on this topic by Michigan Radio.
Michigan Radio Covers Benefits of a New Furnace
As another heating season begins, Michigan Radio’s Environment Report recently focused on home energy savings from installing new furnace equipment. To see how these issues are being framed for the listening public, visit the Michigan Radio website.
U.S. EIA Data on Residential Energy Usage
The Energy Information Administration publishes daily briefs about the U.S. energy sector. This month included two profiles about residential energy use. To learn more, click on either link below.
- November 7: Space heating and water heating account for nearly two thirds of U.S. home energy use
- November 19: Thanksgiving week: EIA data highlight how energy is used in the kitchen
Public Policy Update
2018 Midterm Elections
With this month’s elections behind us, MEECA is looking ahead to building relationships with new and returning policymakers and educating them about the energy efficiency industry. This will be an important focus of our work in 2019. To learn more about how the election results might impact energy efficiency policy in the Midwest, join MEEA for its upcoming Post-Election Analysis webinar at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
MEECA awardee elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
Andy Levin, founder of MEECA member Lean & Green Michigan, has been elected to the U.S. Congress from Michigan’s 9th District. Earlier this year Andy was honored by MEECA with its “Innovator of the Year” award for his work to expand PACE financing throughout Michigan. We congratulate Representative-elect Levin and look forward to supporting his ongoing efforts to strengthen the clean energy industry in our state.
MPSC Meetings Livestreamed
This month the Michigan Public Service announced that its regular meetings will be made available via livestream to the public. For more information including a link to the MPSC’s YouTube channel, read their recent press release.
This month we are pleased to welcome two new members through the 6-month Trial Membership Program. This opportunity, sponspored by DNV GL, is available to C/I trade allies through December 2018. Contact David Gard at email@example.com if you would like more information.
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Upcoming Events & Opportunities
3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018
1:30 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018
Energy Management Association and Aeroseal; CECs available
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018
12:00 to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Greenhome Institute; CEC available
Friday, December 14, 2018
January 22-24, 2019
February 20-22, 2019
MEECA Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
MSU Kellogg Center, East Lansing
Registration and sponsorship details coming soon!
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