I recently attended Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (MEEA) 2014 Midwest Energy Solutions conference in Chicago, Illinois. The annual conference is a great opportunity to bring stakeholders together to raise awareness and reinforce the importance of energy efficiency.
The conference kicked off with a key note address from Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, who stated that energy efficiency is a top priority of the administration. This was a great message to start the conference off with!
Throughout the three-day conference, there were many interesting breakout sessions that explored topics ranging from program successes and innovation in energy efficiency to new policies and regulations that may shape the efficiency landscape moving forward.
With over 600 registered attendees, MEEA’s annual conference is one of the largest gatherings of energy efficiency professionals in the country. I was inspired to hear directly from my colleagues how efficiency programs are reducing energy use and gaining momentum in the Midwest and beyond. As client manager for the Midwest region, I enjoyed meeting my utility colleagues and connecting with those who I haven’t seen in a while. It’s clear that there is still work to be done and I’m excited to take back what I’ve learned from the conference and get to work!
Interesting factoids were tweeted during the conference using the hashtag #MES2014 and I encourage you to scroll through them to hear directly from those who attended.