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Ameren Illinois Utilities ActOnEnergy™ Business Program Enjoying Immediate Success

PEORIA, Ill., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the June 23rd introduction of the Ameren Illinois Utilities ActOnEnergy™ electric business customer incentive program, the initiative has demonstrated that Illinois businesses are eager to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities and operations.

As of Sept. 1, electric business customers have applied for 76 percent of the $3 million in standard and custom incentive funds that are available for the first year of the program.

"Businesses throughout our Illinois service territory recognize the value of our standard program that provides incentives for the installation of energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, refrigeration and motor systems," said Cheryl A. Miller, ActOnEnergy™ business program manager for the Ameren Illinois Utilities.

"In addition, some business customers are able to take advantage of our custom business program which provides incentives for such projects as variable-frequency drives on process fans and pumps, compressed air system improvements, improvements to reduce energy use in manufacturing processes and other initiatives," Miller said.

Projects submitted after first-year funds are exhausted will be placed on a waiting list in the event additional funds become available. If funds do not become available, businesses will be invited to resubmit their projects for year-two funds, which must have installation dates of June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010.

Ameren Illinois Utilities electric distribution business customers who choose to participate in the ActOnEnergy™ program may realize these benefits:

-- Cash-back incentives from the Ameren Illinois Utilities for the implementation of approved electric energy efficiency measures.

-- Energy efficiency modifications to buildings and operating systems can reduce energy use, which will lower energy bills.

-- Typically, energy efficiency projects boost employee comfort and help improve productivity.

-- Reductions in energy use have an environmental impact by reducing a business' carbon footprint and helping decrease the need for new or expanded electric generating plants.

Complete information, including application forms, is available at the ActOnEnergy™ Web site (http://www.actonenergy.net/) in the "For My Business" section, or by calling 1-866-800-0747.

The Ameren Illinois utilities serve 1.2 million electric and more than 840,000 natural gas customers in a 43,700-square-mile area of Illinois.

SOURCE: Ameren Illinois Utilities

CONTACT: Leigh Morris, +1-217-535-5228, or Neal Johnson,
+1-309-677-5284, both of Ameren Illinois Utilities

Web site: http://www.ameren.com/