MCEE Accomplishments to Date

At MCEE, we think there are synergistic interplays between renewable and demand-side management and energy efficiency opportunities on both the centralized (utility) and decentralized (commercial, institutional, residential) levels. Our enterprise leverages all these opportunities and provides it to our clients and strategic alliances. We believe the Midwest, and Kentucky in particular, are well situated for energy efficiency and demand-side management projects. The following lists our perspective on the opportunities of each of these business sectors, as well as our past experience working with clients.

Planning & Client Engagement

MCEE goes out nationally and internationally to make connections with entities with financing, expertise and technologies. MCEE then brings those entities to the Midwest and connects them with regional stakeholders to plan and develop pilot projects that are replicable and scalable.

Strategic Rebuilding Planning - West Liberty, Ky – worked with colleagues to assess resources and opportunities, interview key stakeholders, facilitate community meetings and developed a Strategic Planning Report for the community of West Liberty, Kentucky, which suffered massive losses due to a tornado in March of 2012. The document provides an overview of the vision of the West Liberty community and the stakeholders, opportunities and funding strategies available to assist with its implementation.

Rebuilding West Liberty: A Strategic Report -

Rebuilding West Liberty, Ky – engaged for Phase 2 to oversee development of opportunities outlined in community strategic plan. Additional news articles and resources related to the work below:

Clinton Global Initiative America – “Commitment to Action” –

WYMT TV57, June 6, 2012 -

Herald Leader, May 12, 2013 -

Business Lexington, January 3, 2013 -

YouTube, Daniel Wallach Presentation on West Liberty n Louisville, Ky-

Herald Leader, August 19, 2012 -

Establishing a Public/Private Partnership to Establish an Eco-district in Louisville KY – Since the fall of 2012, MCEE has been working with the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Gill Holland and the NuLu Business Association and other key stakeholders. The goal is to establish an “Eco-district” in the NuLu area of Louisville. MCEE has arranged many meetings with key government, economic development, utility, neighborhood association and university stakeholders and organized tours of various neighborhoods. A Phase 1 report was completed in the Spring of 2013.

On April 1, 2014, the city of Louisville’s Sustainability Director, Maria Koetter, designated this project an official demonstration project:

“As a pilot neighborhood, NuLu would be a valuable partner in helping form the city’s green or EcoDistrict neighborhood program, which could ultimately be promoted citywide…This unique project shows an admirable commitment to sustainability, and we are delighted the NuLu neighborhood is willing to be a pilot demonstration sustainability district.” See

On May 16, 2014, NuLu Business Association President Gill Holland confirmed MCEE role in the demonstration project:

MCEE will develop an approach to procure or establish private sector partnerships to raise funds, provide technical assistance and project management, and maximize community involvement. MCEE will manage this is a neighborhood-led initiative that is a direct result of NuLu's Vision 2020 Strategic Plan and consistent with, and in part inspired by, the Vision Louisville project, as well as the Downtown Master Plan Process. All funds raised will be directed to the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation that will serve as fiscal agent for the project. The budget will be approved by the NuLu Business Association.

MCEE will encourage community involvement in the development of innovative sustainability programs and explore new financing mechanisms to fund sustainability initiatives. MCEE will identify potential improvements to both public and private space help achieve LEED ND certification through a public-private partnership. See NuLu Business Association Letter –

Louisville Downtown Economic Development Panel – Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP) – working in concert with LDP, MCEE developed a quarterly joint presentation series centered on a professional panel discussion of alternative financing strategies for commercial business owners.

Introductions to Key Kentucky Stakeholders - International Energy Company - MCEE worked on behalf of an international energy company to introduce development team to dozens of key high level stakeholders throughout Kentucky in order to evaluate the potential of developing utility-scale renewable energy projects in the state.

Demand Side Management

There is a huge opportunity for demand-side management or energy efficiency. Given the historic low cost of power in Kentucky and surrounding states, industry, residents and businesses here have not invested the resources needed to make their energy usage efficient. In many studies it has been shown that energy efficiency strategies are the most inexpensive form capital energy improvement; with proven technologies and methodologies these processes can realize attractive paybacks.


Kentucky and the Midwest are well positioned to develop a thriving biomass market - biomass is a process of sustainably utilizing wood and plant materials for energy production There is a well-established market for use at co-firing utilities (centralized) or at the residential, commercial and institutional level (decentralized), as well as wood pellets in the larger national and international markets. This market would create high-wage jobs in some of Kentucky's most impoverished communities, and employ land that is currently underutilized. Kentucky's research universities are positioned to develop an expertise and methodologies in a Kentucky-based biomass market that could be exported to the larger nation and the world.

Kentucky Biomass Industry Strategy Group – In the summer of 2011, MCEE organized this group of a diverse range of organizations focused on the development of a thriving biomass cultivation, transportation and end-use market in Kentucky. MCEE facilitates this group, recruits additional stakeholders, organize its monthly stakeholder conference calls and quarterly meetings at the Center for Applied Energy Research.

Solar Power

Utility scale solar PV and thermal (centralized) at current prices and existing technologies does not currently make a lot of economic sense in the Midwest or Kentucky. But the price on decentralized solar PV for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional applications has dropped dramatically in the last two years with even bigger drops in the next 2 or 3 projected. Solar thermal for hot water heating is also currently commercially viable and provides great opportunity for certain clients.

Wind Power

Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio – states comprising the northern Midwest – has a lot of utility-scale (centralized) wind potential prime for development. These large projects have the potential to supply renewable wind power at stable prices to other parts of the Midwest. In Kentucky there are pockets of potential wind and numerous opportunities for micro-wind options at the residential, commercial and institutional levels.


Utility scale geothermal uses a process in which the latent temperature of the ground to create heat or cool air or water may have limited applications in the Midwest. Based on current prices and existing technologies, it does not make a lot of economic sense in Kentucky. Decentralized geothermal for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional hot water and HVAC applications are also currently commercially viable and a great opportunity for certain clients.


Utility-scale Hydro has a long history in the Midwest along its many waterways. These technologies have made improvements in the last few years, but getting hydro permitted can be complicated by river habitat and restoration efforts and availability of locations. Decentralized hydro power currently is not applicable in the Midwest at any large distribution.

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