MEEA Announces 2016 Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award Winners

Mar 10, 2016

Nexant Clients ComEd and MidAmerican Energy Company both recognized for major impacts in the Midwest

SAN FRANCISCO AND CHICAGO - Nexant, a leading provider of technology enabled services, energy software and consulting for utilities, is pleased to announce that two programs  Nexant administers with our utility clients were recognized by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) at the Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner and Gala on February 25, 2016. The two winners included the ComEd Small Business Energy Savings and the MidAmerican Energy Industrial Partners programs, who were each recipients of the prestigious 2016 Impact Award which honors programs making significant contributions to market transformation in the Midwest.

MEEA’s Inspiring Energy Efficiency Awards are presented annually at the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference (, and recognize Midwest leaders who deliver groundbreaking advancements in energy efficiency in five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Marketing and Innovation.

“We are thrilled to see ComEd and MidAmerican Energy Company be recognized for their impacts in energy efficiency in the Midwest,” said Sam Mueller, Vice President of utility services at Nexant. “Both organizations reimagined traditional program designs to deliver energy-saving solutions that fit the unique needs of their customers. Nexant is honored to be a partner with these two well-respected companies and help them achieve new levels of customer satisfaction and energy savings.”

ComEd—Small Business Energy Savings Impact Highlights

The ComEd Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) Program was developed to overcome the traditional constraints of small business owners who struggle with high energy costs and do not have the time or financial resources to investigate and implement energy saving options.

The ComEd SBES Program has dramatically increased the number of small business customers saving energy, lowering operating costs, increasing profitability, implementing sustainable practices, and improving businesses since the program launch in July 2011. Since its inception, the program has achieved an unprecedented 400 GWh in savings and helped over 20,500 customers in the ComEd territory remain competitive and stay in business in an ever-changing economic climate.

These achievements were a result of an innovative approach to engage and develop a local, robust and reliable network of highly-qualified trade allies (contractors) to best represent the program. ComEd SBES empowered the trade ally network with the appropriate training, support and marketing collateral needed to deliver energy savings and build credibility in the program. Trade allies guided customers by providing free energy assessments, customized reports and education on ways to save energy in an easy and affordable way.

View a two minute video presented at the Awards Gala for more information.

MidAmerican Energy Company—Industrial Partners Impact Highlights

MidAmerican Energy developed the Industrial Partners program to help industrial customers incorporate energy efficiency into their businesses by providing an advanced level of support that customizes program services to meet each customer’s unique needs.

The Industrial Partners program focuses on customer satisfaction and engagement, rather than specific efficiency goals for each customer. Energy managers work primarily to develop long-term relationships with customers, which lays the foundation for increased participation, project implementation and customer satisfaction.

As a result, Industrial Partners has pioneered a program model for restoring industrial customer faith in Demand Side Management programs and reinvigorating energy efficiency activity.  Since the energy manager service was launched, the number of active industrial participants has nearly doubled. The Industrial Partners program achieved 200% of goal in 2014 and 220% of goal in 2015 (54 GWh and 60 GWh, respectively).

The Industrial Partners program combines traditional incentives with system studies and Strategic Energy Management (SEM) planning by offering all these services through one individual: the energy manager. Each industrial customer in the program is given an energy manager, whose job is to fully understand the customer’s needs and help them find the right efficiency solutions to meet those needs.

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About Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

The Midwest Energy Solutions Conference is the largest event of its kind in the region. Each year it brings together a broad range of private- and public-sector thought leaders from around the nation who share a vested interest in energy efficiency. Now in its 14th year, the conference continues to grow as energy efficiency investment across the Midwest increases.

The conference is presented by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), the region’s source on energy efficiency. Formed in 2000, MEEA is committed to advancing sound energy efficiency programs, policies and priorities in the Midwest. MEEA’s membership represents a broad consortium of energy stakeholders from across a 13-state area.

About ComEd

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 7.8 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About MidAmerican Energy Company

MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 752,000 customers and natural gas service to 733,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via