M-WERC Holds Regional Conference on Energy Efficiency

One of the benefits of being an M-WERC member is the networking opportunities available for you to meet and visit with colleagues in the field. Last month, dozens of regional employers gathered for the Midwest Energy Research Consortium’s (M-WERC) Energy Efficiency Conference.

In addition to meeting colleagues, attendees of the conference were provided and educational and informative discussion and dialog about the future of energy efficiency and opportunities in that sector.

The conference kicked off with a message form M-WERC Executive Director and CEO Alan Perlstein who highlighted M-WERC’s key activities this spring. The Board of Directors met at the conference and reviewed updated by-laws. The third cycle of M-WERC strategic planning is underway. The Technology Innovation research program enhancements are in the final stages of design with rollout scheduled for later this month. WERCBench Labs are wrapping up Year Three with a launch of Year Four scheduled this summer. Six working groups are active and meeting monthly. M-WERC is building out the second floor of the Energy Innovation Center this summer.

The conference included numerous informative presentations:

  • Dan Tarrence of Franklin Energy spoke about the growth of energy efficiency programs across the country.
  • Leah Scull of Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance spotlighted the work of the MEEA.
  • Doug Scott of the Great Plains Institute discussed energy efficiency policy trends and implications in the Midwest.
  • Joe Fontaine of Focus on Energy addressed the present and future of Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency programs.
  • M-WERC Industrial Efficiency Working Group’s Jeff Mackey provided an M-WERC update.
  • The City of Milwaukee’s Erick Shambarger and M-WERC’s Nate Conroy discussed Milwaukee’s “Better Building Challenge.”

To view an in-depth slide presentation of the April energy efficiency conference, please click here.

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