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Ameren Illinois Announces Winners of First-Ever Energy Innovator Awards Competition
Four organizations recognized for outstanding achievements in energy efficiency; Sangamon County Department of Community Resources named Energy Innovator of the Year

COLLINSVILLE, IL (December 13, 2018) – Four organizations were named Ameren Illinois Energy Innovator award winners recently during an awards reception in Springfield.  The inaugural Energy Innovators competition  recognizes organizations for their outstanding achievements in energy efficiency.

The Sangamon County Department of Community Resources was named the Energy Innovator of the Year for its Good Faith Payment Assistance Program, and its Energy Savings class.  The group received a $10,000 award to expand the programs in 2019.

"Our Energy Innovator award recipients represent the best of the best in energy efficiency in Illinois," said Ameren Illinois President Richard J. Mark. "These organizations have taken a proactive approach to energy efficiency and tailored their programs to meet the specific needs of their communities or their organizations. We are pleased to recognize these progressive organizations for their work to reduce energy usage and promote energy efficiency."

To be considered for an Energy Innovator award, projects or programs had to take place between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

Organizations were eligible to receive an award in one of three categories:

  • Energy Savings Projects – Energy efficiency projects that generated significant cost savings by reducing energy usage.
  • Innovative Projects – Energy efficiency projects that utilized new or innovative technology.
  • Community Benefit – Projects or programs that increased energy efficiency engagement in underserved communities, created jobs or training opportunities in the energy efficiency industry, or helped to expand or launch new energy efficiency businesses.

The top organization in each category received $1,000 and the overall winner received $10,000 towards an energy efficiency project.

A list of award finalists and a description of each project is attached.

About Ameren Illinois 
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers in Illinois. Ameren Illinois' Energy Efficiency program is ranked in the top 15 nationally by ACEEE, a leading energy efficiency organization. Since its inception in 2009, Ameren Illinois' Energy Efficiency Program has helped customers reduce their energy usage by nearly 12 million megawatt-hours and save $781 million.

For further information: Stacey Shangraw, 309-677-5073, sstockton-shangraw@ameren.com; Brian Bretsch, 618-343-8087, bbretsch@ameren.com; Marcelyn Love, 217-535-5116, mlove@ameren.com