The MEECA Maven:  News and updates on Michigan's energy efficiency industry. September 2016
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In this month's MEECA Maven, we ask is Michigan's energy future going up in smoke?  

Events of the summer leave us wondering if in fact Michigan's energy future will be dark.  Unfortunately, the Michigan Senate has yet been unable to pass their version of a comprehensive plan to secure Michigan's energy future. We are left asking two compelling questions in our feature article

With MEECA's third year coming to a close, we are now accepting nominations for our 2016/2017 Board of Directors.  If you want to directly impact Michigan's energy future, join other leaders on one of Michigan's most exciting trade-associations.  Contact me or our Nominations Committee Chair Amanda Godward. These new leaders will be announced our 2016 Annual Meeting on Monday, October 24th in Brighton.

We also share exciting information about a brand new effort -- the first annual National Energy Efficiency Day!  

Lastly, be sure to SAVE THE DATE for our 3rd Annual Banquet on November 17th, 2016 again to be held on the banks of the Red Cedar at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.  Come celebrate another year of accomplishments and recognize leaders who have helped expand Michigan's energy efficiency industry.  

Thank you to all our new and renewing members!  

Brindley Byrd

Executive Director
(517) 203-9810 
brindley@meeca.info

Is Michigan's Energy Policy Going Up In Smoke?

An assessment of where we are now

By:  Brindley Byrd

This summer has surely seen significant signs of warning about our future energy policy.  DTE Energy's St. Clair Power Plant exploded into flames on August 11th.  On August 17th, DTE announced their Commercial & Industrial Energy Optimization program will no longer be issuing rebates for electric projects.   Consumers Energy put their C&I electric programs on waitlist back in May.  And Michigan's Legislature again foundered in a stalemate on a comprehensive energy package in the Senate before they took their early Fall recess.  

What this means as that at the very moment when Michigan is wrestling with our energy future and almost every stakeholder in the energy debate advocates for energy efficiency, Michigan is not saving the electricity it could because the two largest electric savings generators have been shut down.  

Why aren't these programs issuing rebates right now?  

Read more here...

 

Nominations Open for MEECA Board of Directors

Register for MEECA's 2016 Annual Meeting

Nominations are open to serve on the 2016/2017 MEECA Board of Directors.  This esteemed board gives members the reins of one of Michigan's most exciting trade-associations.  Deeply involved in Michigan's energy debate and focused on expanding Michigan's Integrated Energy Efficiency Industry, MEEECA board members have the opportunity to shape an industry. 

Nominations accepted until our 2016 Annual Meeting.  Nominations or questions can be sent to Amanda Godward, President of Ecotelligient Homes and serving as MEECA's 2016 Nominating Committee Chair.   

Plan to attend MEECA's 2016 Annual Meeting of the members and find out who will be the new leaders of this Association and hear what our future holds.
  

Each year, according to our bylaws, we hold an Annual Meeting of the Members to elect a new board of directors.  This year, is no exception.  

These new leaders will have a front row seat on Michigan's energy efficiency industry and influence what our future energy policy really will be.  

Come spend some time to hear the Association's accomplishments, meet the men and women that have lead this fine Association and welcome MEECA's new board of directors.   

We have arranged for folks to order drinks and food from Brighton Bar & Grill's excellent menu.  

Must Be a MEECA Member to Attend. 

There is no cost to attend!  Parking available throughout downtown Brighton.

First Ever National Energy Efficiency Day

Get Involved and Share the Word
 
As part of National Energy Awareness Month, help promote the first annual Energy Efficiency Day (October 5, 2016) and join thousands of organizations, companies, and individuals nationwide applauding the vital and wide-ranging contributions energy-saving programs and policies have made and continue to make in the U.S. Research has indicated that ramping up energy efficiency could spare the country from having to build 487 large power plants over the next 14 years. Already, energy efficiency has prevented the need for 313 large plants since 1990.

Download complete Energy Efficiency Day Tool Kit Here  

SAVE THE DATE:  MEECA's 3rd Annual Meeting 
Join Leaders in Michigan's Energy Efficiency Industry 

The Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA) is hosting our 3rd Annual Banquet on November 17, 2016 from 6pm – 9pm at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing.
 
The event will highlight our state Legislatures who have been working tirelessly to expand Michigan’s Integrated Energy Efficiency Market. 
 
Fresh off of the 2016 elections, this meeting will be the first chance to discuss the outcomes of the state elections and how those outcomes will impact the energy debate in the remaining legislative session.     

Sponsorship packages available. 

Remember, there is Power In Numbers!  The more that show, the power we will have! 

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 brindley@meeca.info.

 
 
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