MREA is continually discussing the viability of events in 2021 including,
Rise Up Midwest!
Let’s work together to stimulate “Main Street” energy investment and modernize our electricity systems in response to the COVID-19 recession. The energy efficiency and distributed energy industries have the capacity to rapidly expand services and increase employment opportunities in communities across the region. To do this, state and local leadership across the Midwest must expand programs and advance policies that provide business opportunity and create market stability. Led by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Rise Up is a coalition of businesses, individuals, organizations, jurisdictions, and workforce development partners working in coordination to create a groundswell of support for commonsense, strategic, and swift policy action and market development.
Fair Postponement FAQs
MREA did not host an Energy Fair in 2020 due to Covid-19. We are currently discussing the viability of 2021 events. Stay tuned for more updates.
We are currently discussing the viability of 2021 events. Stay tuned for more updates.
Postponing the the 2020 Energy Fair after 9 months of planning will result in a considerable financial loss to MREA. We did not make this decision lightly. We are actively managing these circumstances and hope that you will continue to support our mission and efforts as we mobilize to ensure that state leadership in the Midwest fully understands the potential that the energy efficiency and clean energy industry has to put people back to work in service of local economic development and community energy resiliency.
The MREA is discussing potential avenues for hosting the Illuminate Runway Show at a later date and different venue.
Although our in-person Clean Energy Job Fair, which was to take place during The 2020 Energy Fair, has been postponed, MREA does host an online job board with current Midwest career opportunities at www.midwestrenew.org/jobs/. Additionally, the MREA is in the process of developing a dynamic online resource center to be hosted at www.solarenergy.jobs/. For questions and further information, please contact Ellen Barlas, MREA Solar Workforce Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MREA will host a new podcast, “Rise Up Midwest!” aimed at addressing important issues surrounding clean energy and energy efficiency. In lieu of The Energy Fair’s in-person Energy Professional Workshop Series, the MREA is discussing the potential of hosting NABCEP accredited courses in a digital format in June of 2020 and will continue exploring additional opportunities for online education.
To receive updates on our distance education opportunities, please sign up for our newsletter at: https://www.midwestrenew.org/newsletter/.
While the MREA would love to host each of our presenters’ sessions on a digital platform, the planning and implementation would take substantial time and resources. If you are a presenter and are interested in providing a recording of the session you had proposed for The 31st Annual Energy Fair, please contact MREA at email@example.com.
The MREA is discussing the capacity for developing more digital training opportunities, especially as they relate to The Energy Fair’s Energy Professional Workshop Series (formerly Solar Professional Workshop Series). To receive updates on our distance education opportunities, please sign up for our newsletter at: https://www.midwestrenew.org/newsletter/.
The MREA is assessing each of our events on an individual basis. For an updated list of MREA event offerings, please visit https://www.midwestrenew.org/events/.
Individuals are responsible for their own airline and hotel room reservations. For cancellation and refund information, please contact the company you used to book your reservation(s).
Paid advertisements in the 2020 Pre-Fair Guide and/or 2020 Program Guide will be credited to the next fair or may be refunded upon request. Alternatively, your paid advertisement may be run in the publications MREA is creating for our new call to action, Rise Up Midwest! The Rise Up Midwest! publication will circulate to a broad multi-stakeholder group throughout the state of Wisconsin and will be comprised of educational content related to advancing local and state action on energy issues.
Paid advertisements in the 2020 Pre-Fair Guide and/or 2020 Program Guide will be credited or may be refunded upon request. Alternatively, your paid advertisement may be run in the publication MREA is creating for our new call to action, Rise Up Midwest! The Rise Up Midwest! publication will circulate to a broad stakeholder group throughout the state of Wisconsin and will be comprised of educational content related to advancing local and state action on energy issues.
At this time, we are exploring the possibility of designing a Rise Up Midwest t-shirt that Empowered Members could receive with payment of shipping. Information will be sent to all empowered members if we move forward with a design.
We sincerely appreciate the support of our Lifetime Members. Due to COVID-19, we did not host our annual Networking Dinner in 2020. We wish everyone good health and look forward to seeing you at a future event (date TBD).
Yes, we are creating a Street Team to help promote Rise Up Midwest. For more information, and to join the Street Team, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MREA will alert its audiences of additional volunteer opportunities (including in–person) as they develop. If you’re interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact us at email@example.com to be added to our volunteer solicitations.
About The Fair
The Fair brings over 11,500 attendees together to learn about clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a more sustainable future. The Energy Fair features all things sustainable with 200 exhibitors, over 200 workshops, Energy Professional CECs, live music, inspiring keynotes, camping, food trucks, solar-brewed beverages, and activities for the whole family. Hosted by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), the Fair promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.