Since 1905


MEA celebrates over 100 years of powerful connections and practical solutions.


We started out as the Midwest Gas Association (MGA) when a handful of local gas companies gathered in Des Moines, Iowa to share problems and ideas. Since then we’ve grown substantially and today proudly serve nearly 100 gas and electric utilities in our membership.


The first employee was hired to manage and run the association. Prior to this year MEA was entirely run by volunteers.


MGA was at the vanguard of the pending Operator Qualification (OQ) rule and was instrumental in developing the industry’s first and most comprehensive eLearning, testing, and recordkeeping resources to aid our members in responding to the OQ rule. Today, MEA offers more than 350 gas operations courses and more than 150 electric operations eLearning courses.


We became the Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) to reflect the addition of conferences and eLearning courses for the electric industry.

While over 100 years old, MEA still provides powerful connections through meetings, seminars, and training classes. There is great value in peers gathering to share successful practices and collectively address common problems. Consolidating our combined experience and insight, we helps utilities improve their energy delivery operations while safeguarding the lives of employees and the public. Additionally, we continue to expand and update our library of eLearning courses to enhance our utility and contractor members’ delivery of quality training to their personnel.


We added a new, even more cost-effective option for our members with the introduction of Level II membership. Level II membership included all the traditional benefits of MEA membership – access to our nationally-recognized operations conferences and roundtables, participation on our subject matter expert committees, access to our members’ successful practices – along with unlimited access to our entire library of gas or electric eLearning courses. Level II membership was developed as an extremely cost-effective means of getting personnel trained, connected, and educated in the ever-demanding energy industry.


MEA made membership all-inclusive – combining the programs and services of Level I membership and Level II membership. In addition, as a result of the continuing strong financial position of the association, MEA began a significant multi-year dues reduction program while at the same time expanding the program offerings available to members.


MEA launched a refreshed brand identity under with the tagline “MEA Learning Empowers” to state our vision of remaining a viable learning association well into the future.


2017 MEA brand refresh


MEA redefines its mission from: “furthers operational excellence in energy delivery by providing resources that continually improve members proficiency, efficiency, and safety.” to “We empower the energy industry through education, leadership development, and industry connections.”

At the same time, MEA declared its vision to be the preeminent association connecting, educating, and inspiring the energy industry.