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DMPS to Charge Teachers for Personal Appliances in the Classroom

Today it was reported by KCCI that the school district plans to implement a new policy to charge teachers annual fees to keep personal appliances in their classrooms.  The ultimate goal is for teachers to get rid of personal appliances to reduce energy usage throughout the district.  For example, based on the national average 11.8 cents a kWH, one mini fridge can cost anywhere from $27 to $80 a year to operate depending on the model.  DMPS is among many school districts and employers throughout the country attempting to make similar behavioral modifications.  For example,  in 2011 Limestone County Schools […]

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City of Ames Smart 150 Challenge

The City of Ames is using their city’s sesquicentennial to reiterate their commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability through a new program. The City of Ames is calling for 150 businesses to participate in “Smart Business” or to take the “Smart 150 Challenge” to make Ames a more sustainable city.  The Smart 150 Challenge takes aim at improving the following sustainable measures: Energy and Water Conservation Transportation Waste Reduction Indoor & Outdoor Environmental Quality Carbon Footprint Community Engagement By participating, businesses can take advantage of rebate programs and implement a business energy plan that not only saves money, but helps […]

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Two Energy Analysts Earn CEM Certification

Congratulations to Jonathan Roberts and Stefan Ganev of TEG who each earned their Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification! They trucked through a snowstorm to sit for the exam at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids in February. The Certified Energy Manager certification is utilized around the world and is a recognized standard of professional knowledge and achievement. Jonathan and Stefan now join our distinct team of Certified Energy Managers: Les Wilson, Chad Kloberdanz, and Eric Biederman. Stefan Ganev graduated from The Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Instrumentation […]

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2014 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

Each year, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) holds their annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference in Chicago, IL. The annual conference is a chance for energy professionals to continue to promote the importance of energy efficiency in the Midwest, while celebrating the accomplishments from the past year. This year, Les and Amber attended the event which was held at the Fairmont Hotel in January. There were several interesting sessions at this year’s conference; discussing everything from water efficiency to energizing rural efficiency. At one event highlighting rural efficiency, panelists discussed new opportunities such as federal grant programs, collaborative networks, and […]

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New Addition to TEG

The Energy Group has added a new member to our staff!  Kate Kennedy started this month as our Energy Analyst Intern.  She will primarily be helping us run the City of Ames Residential Energy Audit program.  Kate will be assisting with residential energy audits and blower door tests.  She is currently a senior at Iowa State University studying Mechanical Engineering and spent the previous year with the Industrial Assessment Center Program (IAC) at Iowa State University. The IAC program provides free energy use, productivity enhancement, and waste assessments to qualifying manufacturers.  It is one of 26 locations nationwide and is funded by […]

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International Code Council Membership

TEG is now a member of the International Code Council, “a member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures”. The International Codes (I-Codes) provide minimum safeguards for people in all different building environments.  Fifty states and the District of Columbia have adopted the I-Codes at the state or jurisdictional level.  Through the ICC membership, TEG now has the ability to directly your answers to any current code standards, code news, or code changes as many states continue to adopt the standards.  TEG now also has […]

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USDA NCAH Green Team Sustainability Fair

In late April, Chad and Jesse represented The Energy Group at the USDA National Center for Animal Health (NCAH) Green Team Sustainability Fair in Ames, Iowa.  The purpose of the fair was to promote local sustainability and “green” companies to USDA employees.  Exhibitors ranged from the City of Ames and Boone County Landfills to local food coops.  The official mission of the NCAH Green Team is “to assist the NCAH Board of Directors in promoting environmental stewardship at NCAH through increased awareness, continuous improvement and employee participation”.  During the fair The Energy Group helped educate employees about energy efficiency programs […]

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TEG Backing the Grandview Little League Twins

The Energy Group and co-owner Kelly Needles both love baseball.  To show our love for the great American past time, we jumped at the opportunity to sponsor one of TEG’s very own.  Eric Biederman coaches and his son plays for the Twins at Grandview Little League.  Here’s to winning the league title, and most importantly, having fun!  Go Twins!      

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2013 Earth Day Trash Bash

Last month, The Energy Group participated in the 2013 Earth Day Trash Bash created and run by the City of Des Moines Park and Recreation Department.  The annual event is an ever growing effort to clean up streets and parks around the Des Moines Metro Area.  This year, over 1,400 volunteers braved the cold, windy day to participate in the citywide cleanup.  With the record number of participants, over 24,000 pounds of litter, brush & recyclables were removed from Des Moines parks and waterways.  The Principal Financial Group won the “Big Buttowski” Award of the event by picking up the […]

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Alliant Energy’s 2013 Energy Summit & Energy Efficiency Awards

Alliant Energy held their annual 2 day Energy Summit & Energy Efficiency Awards on April 29th and 30th at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids.  The annual event is a way for Alliant Energy to gather with its commercial customers, to field questions, show them energy efficiency tips, and recognize those companies that have gone above and beyond in the implementation of energy efficiency measures.  The Energy Group was lucky enough to not only exhibit at the two day event, but Emily Rice and Les Wilson both presented during the breakout sessions.  We exhibited to customers our involvement […]

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