Leaders in Energy Technology, Policy and Innovation Gather This Week in Chicago

CHICAGO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
(http://mwalliance.org) expects hundreds of energy leaders from throughout the
Midwest to attend its seventh annual Midwest Energy Solutions 2009 Conference
(http://www.meeaconference.org) and Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner and
Gala at the Intercontinental Chicago Hotel this week.

The conference begins Wednesday, January 7 at 1 pm, with an opening
keynote address from Robert W. Galvin — Founder, Galvin Electricity
Initiative, and Retired Chairman and CEO, Motorola, Inc. — and concludes at
noon on Friday, January 9.

The Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner and Gala kicks off with a reception
at 5:30 pm on Thursday January 8, followed by dinner and awards presentations
from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. A total of six individuals and organizations will be
honored in six categories for advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest.
Award recipients include the following:

    LEADERSHIP Award -- Jim Doyle, Governor, Wisconsin
    EDUCATION Award -- Interstate Power and Light Co.
    IMPACT Award -- Orion Energy Systems Inc.
    MARKETING Award -- Wisconsin Focus on Energy
    INNOVATION Award -- Keyser Visual, A Division of The Keyser Group
    CHAIRMAN'S Award -- Janet Streff, Manager, State Energy Office, Minnesota
    Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security

More detailed information on the Inspiring Efficiency Awards can be found
at http://www.meeaconference.org/awards_winners.php.

    Midwest Energy Solutions 2009 Conference highlights include the following:

    Wednesday January 7, 2009

— Keynote address by Robert W. Galvin — Smart Grid — How to build a
perfect electric power system that will save the economy nearly $150 billion
lost each year because of power outages.

— National Perspectives on Energy Policy — Representatives from the US
EPA, the Alliance to Save Energy and American Council for an Energy Efficient

— Smart Grid — Learn how a modernized Smart Grid will utilize
computing, sensors and two-way communication to deliver seamless, reliable and
constant energy savings.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

— Opening Remarks by the Honorable Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of
Chicago (invited)

— Greening the Olympic Built Environment — The City’s attempts to stake
its claim on the 2016 Olympics; learn how energy efficiency will play a key
part in planning an event of international scope.

— Emerging Technology — Energy efficient lighting has made great
strides through CFLs; discover what is next.

— Impact on Commercial Real Estate — Leading commercial real estate
developers and managers are investing in energy efficiency to save money while
improving overall sustainability as a business strategy.

— Inspiring Efficiency Awards — Governor, reality TV, personal
responsibility and innovative lighting inspire energy efficiency awards.

Friday, January 9, 2009

— Closing keynote: Tom Casten, Recycled Energy Development —
Manufacturers reduce their energy costs and carbon footprint by capturing
wasted heat and converting it into clean power.

— Midwest Governors Association Energy Security and Climate Stewardship
Platform — Administration officials from Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin detail
state support for energy efficiency programs and funding opportunities.

— Market transformation — Quantification standards for market
transformation programs.

For a detailed conference agenda, visit http://www.meeaconference.org. For
more information or to arrange interviews with conference presenters, contact
Stacey Paradis, MEEA Director of External Relations at sparadis@mwalliance.org
or 312.587.8390 extension 212.

About MEEA — The Source on Energy Efficiency

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (http://www.mwalliance.org) is a
collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest to support
sustainable economic development and environmental preservation.

MEEA promotes the market transformation of energy efficiency technologies,
processes and best practices within a 13-state area, through policy advocacy,
program design and facilitation and piloting of energy technologies. MEEA
bridges the gap between policy adoption and program implementation.

Energy efficiency is the critical first step in meeting our nation’s
myriad energy challenges due to low entry costs, proven and emerging
technologies, ease of implementation, fast return on investment and measurable

Through our diverse network of members and regional allies, MEEA possesses
the practical experience and informed vision to effect positive change today
by supporting the region’s stakeholders to achieve their efficiency goals for
the future.

[Via http://www.prnewswire.com]

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