Ameren Illinois today announced the winners of its Most Progressive City Award. The communities were selected in part based on the significant energy savings achieved by local businesses and residents over the last year. This marks the first time residential energy savings have been factored into the award selection.
“The Most Progressive City Award is our way of recognizing those communities that exemplify a strong commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Richard J. Mark, president of Ameren Illinois. “By taking advantage of Ameren Illinois’ energy efficiency programs, these communities are reducing their impact on the environment, increasing their energy savings and improving their economic competitiveness.”
The 2015 Most Progressive Cities Award winners are: Belleville, Champaign, Collinsville, Decatur, Peoria, and Quincy.
Between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015, business and residential customers in the six communities completed 4,942 energy efficiency projects through Ameren Illinois. As a result, businesses and residents are saving nearly 23.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 466,000 therms of natural gas every year. That is the equivalent to removing more than 41.7 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere or removing approximately 3,734 cars from the road. In recognition of their award, each winning city received road signs that can be displayed in their community.
Through its energy efficiency programs, Ameren Illinois provides residential and business customers – including private schools and nonprofits – with financial incentives to implement energy-saving projects. These incentives are intended to make it more affordable for customers to install meaningful products that will help reduce their energy consumption. The program is funded through a small charge (Rider EDR for electricity customers and a Rider GER for natural gas customers) on customer bills. These charges are mandated by state law.
Complete residential and business program information is available online at ActOnEnergy.com. Residential customers can also call 1-866-838-6918 or email ActOnEnergyResidential@ameren.com to get more details. Business customers can call 1-866-800-0747 or email ActOnEnergyBusiness@ameren.com.
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.