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Ameren Illinois outlines plan to increase energy savings
Maintains focus on assisting moderate- to low-income customers, creating jobs, and boosting economies in central and southern Illinois

Ameren Illinois has filed an amendment to its energy efficiency plan under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). With the revised plan filed today, the company has committed to achieve an additional average annual savings of 12,043 MWhs over four years, while continuing its efforts to expand efficiency programs to more moderate and low-income customers and create local, sustainable jobs.

On September 11, the Illinois Commerce Commission approved Ameren Illinois' energy efficiency plan (Docket # 17-0311), but directed the company to modify and amend the plan in accordance with the final order in the case.

"Ameren Illinois' compliance filing demonstrates our commitment to deliver the energy savings agreed to under FEJA, as well as make the investments in communities in the Ameren Illinois service territory that were envisioned when negotiating this law," said Richard J. Mark, chairman and president of Ameren Illinois. "We look forward to working collaboratively with the Commission to ensure that the benefits of the new law will reach customers throughout the state."

Ameren Illinois' energy efficiency plan will:

  • Invest $114 million per year for the next four years in electric and gas efficiency programs, the maximum allowed under the law.
  • Achieve nearly 9 percent, or 2,502,368 MWhs, in cumulative persisting energy savings by the end of 2021, with a goal of 16% in cumulative persisting savings achieved by 2030.
  • Fund initiatives aimed at developing a best-in-class model to engage diverse and economically challenged communities, businesses and individuals through energy efficiency investment.
  • Offer energy efficiency opportunities tailored to deliver meaningful energy savings to all eligible Ameren Illinois' customers who participate.

"Our primary goal is to ensure all of our customers, regardless of income, have an opportunity to receive real and meaningful savings from the programs they are paying for," Mark stated. "It's time to change the paradigm in Illinois and stop looking at efficiency programs for seniors, those of lesser means and the disadvantaged as something that can just be swept away to achieve some arbitrary environmental target."

Under the Future Energy Jobs Act, which went into effect on June 1, Ameren Illinois was required to file an energy efficiency plan for the 2018-2021 timeframe. The plan was endorsed by a broad coalition of supporters, including the mayors of Illinois communities of all sizes, the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Illinois NAACP, Illinois AARP, the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, and dozens of legislators representing constituents throughout the state. The plan goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers in Illinois. Our mission is to power the quality of life. Our service territory covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com, find us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois or Facebook.

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For further information: Marcelyn Love, 217.535.5116, mlove@ameren.com

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