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Adoption Updates

Minnesota

After an Administrative Law Judge reviewed all information and comments submitted and made his recommendation to the MN Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), the Department has announced they will not be adopting the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)'s residential provisions. Furthermore, the DLI and the MN Department of Commerce have convened a working group to review the provisions of ASHRAE 90.1-2019 for adoption as the new commercial energy code. The working group will begin its review in January and is expected to complete the commercial review process by early 2022. The working group has also stated they will review the 2021 IECC residential provisions but will not start that process until the release of the Department of Energy's (DOE) determination.

For more information, visit the Department of Labor and Industry’s website or contact Amanda Spuckler at dli.rules@state.mn.us with any questions.

Building Policy News

The IECC's Uncertain Future

The International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors is currently reviewing a proposal to transfer the development of future versions of the IECC to a standards process. This proposal would mean that the final energy code would no longer be determined by the vote of public officials throughout the country but instead by a committee of experts selected solely by the ICC. These recommended changes will weaken the value of the IECC and leave states and jurisdictions without a ready-to-adopt energy code that provides reliable, large-scale savings. For more details on this issue, check out the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)'s latest blog post.

ACEEE's State Scorecard

The 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) analyzes the energy efficiency efforts of all 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC. It tracks state's policies and programs to reduce energy use, such as adopting or advancing energy-saving targets, vehicle rules or appliance standards. This year’s Scorecard finds that states, many of which have set ambitious climate goals, had to shift their focus to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.

For the first time, the report highlights top scorers regionally. For the Midwest, Minnesota was the regional winner and Michigan was the state to watch. View the report and following press releases here

Upcoming Events

Nebraska’s Energy Code: Introduction to the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, in partnership with the Nebraska Code Officials Association and the Nebraska Department of Energy and Environment, is hosting an interactive virtual energy code training. Led by building energy efficiency expert and former code official, Matt Belcher, the training will provide an overview of the 2018 IECC residential provisions, building energy efficiency best practices, building science principles and much more.

The training is designed for code officials working in the state of Nebraska, but may also be useful to builders, subcontractors, supply houses, energy raters, designers and others working in residential construction.

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST - Register Here
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. CST - Register Here
Note: This training is the same, offered twice at the dates provided.

To learn more about these trainings or the Nebraska Energy Codes Training Program, please visit our website or contact Nicole Westfall, Building Policy Manager at MEEA.

Minnesota Codes & Standards Program Roadmap

Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

Energy efficiency programs that support codes and standards (C&S) advancements are amongst the most cost-effective strategies to achieve energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Join us and 2050 Partners, in partnership with Slipstream and LHB, for this webinar which will summarize the findings and recommendations from the CARD-funded Minnesota Codes and Standards Program Roadmap. This project focuses on C&S programs that are run by program administrators, including utilities, within their broader energy efficiency and/or demand-side management portfolios. Register for the webinar here

Registration Now Open for the 2021 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference - February 16-19th!

MEEA recently announced our 2021 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference agenda and we're excited to share it with you. We invite you to scope out the EE trends and topics we'll be discussing, now live on the conference website. We’re collaborating closely to customize our online platform to ensure our 2021 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference will still inspire you, connect you to new people and programs, help establish new business relationships and re-energize your work just the same as it always has. Register today!

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If you have questions or would like more information on building efficiency policy in the Midwest, please contact Nicole Westfall, Building Policy Manager, at 312.374.0918 or nwestfall@mwalliance.org
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