Let’s grow “Main Street” energy investment and grid modernization in response to the COVID-19 recession. We are confident this effort can stabilize and grow the clean energy industry. By providing detailed justification of need, developing widespread stakeholder and public support, and advancing regional programs and policies that work, the MREA, alongside or partners can create conditions for immediate and market enabling action. 


We believe that we need swift and strategic state and local investment in clean energy and grid modernization.

We need well-designed energy laws that increase investments in local clean energy. Solar energy, energy efficiency, and grid modernization are a feasible and cost-effective way to improve reliability and increase the economic development benefits of energy investments. Community participation in the decision-making processes will help ensure widespread ownership as investors and beneficiaries of local energy projects. 

We believe that our efforts must provide real and durable solutions that help resolve social and economic inequity.

Clean energy work must prioritize opportunity, investment, and jobs for communities most in need. A local, clean energy response represents a clear opportunity to create a system that benefits everyone.  

We believe that the clean energy industry has the capacity to create significant local employment opportunities that contribute to a prosperous economy.

Energy efficiency and distributed energy technologies are market-ready, cost-effective, affordable, and scalable in all market sectors.  The transition to a clean and distributed energy system must prioritize transitioning energy jobs and developing new employment opportunities. 

We believe in working together to educate and engage the public, focusing on local and state actions to create the energy economy of the future.

We believe that by working together, engaging the public with meaningful educational resources, avoiding partisanship, and focusing on local and state actions we can create market conditions that rapidly grow efficiency and distributed energy investments, create widespread employment opportunities, provide long-term utility rate-payer savings, reduce home and business energy expenses, and improve grid resiliency.  

We believe in the people of the Midwest and the places we live in and love.

 Rise Up Midwest! 


The energy efficiency and distributed energy industries have the capacity to rapidly expand services resulting in increased local investment, business growth, energy resiliency as well as employment opportunities in urban and rural communities across the region. Let’s put people to work. Let’s make home and business investments that reduce expenses for the long-term. Let’s build a strong and resilient electric grid that weathers future crises. Let’s invest our energy dollars locally. Let’s build an energy economy that best serves people and the places we live and love. Now is the time. To do this, state, local, and utility leadership across the Midwest must expand programs and advance policies that provide business opportunity and create market stability. 

Now is the time


Expand Access to Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy for Households and Small Businesses.:

This includes highlighting the recent expansion of the MN Solar Rewards program, the Iowa Solar Net Metering Legislation, and advocating for the expansion of the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program. 

Increase Advantageous Financing and Reduce Barriers for Local Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Development:

This includes highlighting city actions such as the St. Louis Building Performance Standard, facilitating jurisdiction SolSmart designations, and promoting public-private financing partnerships such as the PACE Wisconsin program. 

Support Workforce Development Efforts that Expand Employment Access in Advanced Energy:

This includes promoting the Illinois Solar for All Program and the Minnesota Department of Corrections solar training efforts.

Provide Appropriate, Long-Term Compensation for Solar and Wind Energy:

This includes utility programs such as the PV Demand Credit in MN and state commission actions such as the long-term PURPA contracts for wind and solar facilities in Michigan.

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The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.