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The Size of the Prize: Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit

The Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit was held on January 11, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. It was cosponsored by: World Resources Institute, Midwestern Governors Association, Midwestern Energy Efficiency Alliance, and the Great Plains Institute. It featured a welcome address by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and panels on recent investment and policy trends, technical and economic potential for industrial energy efficiency in the Midwest, and investment drivers and opportunities.

Cosponsored by: World Resources Institute, Midwestern Governors Association, Midwestern Energy Efficiency Alliance, Great Plains Institute

Event Materials

State Manufacturing Handouts

Speaker Presentations


  • Jesse Heier, Executive Director, Midwestern Governors Association
  • Stacey Paradis, Deputy Director, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Welcoming Remarks

  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Panel 1: Manufacturing Today: Recent Investment and Policy Trends


  • R. Neal Elliott, Associate Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)


  • Bill Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Steven Schultz, Corporate Energy Manager, 3M
  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

Panel 2: Technical and Economic Potential


  • John Cuttica, Director, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois – Chicago


  • James Bradbury, Senior Associate, Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute
  • Dan Trombley, Senior Industrial Analyst, ACEEE
  • Cindy McComas, Program Director Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota

Panel 3: Investment Drivers and Opportunities


  • Lola Schoenrich, Program Director, Great Plains Institute


  • Raymond Monroe, Executive Vice President, Steel Founder’ Society of America
  • Al Hildreth, Energy Manager, General Motors North America
  • Robert Jackson, Manager, Michigan Economic Development Agency
  • Joel Freehling, Senior Energy Finance Consultant, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

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