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AmerenUE Announces Additions to Energy Efficiency Program
Incentives Available for New Construction, ‘Retro-Commissioning’ of Existing Structures

AmerenUE announced today that cash Incentives are now available for designers and developers who build energy-efficient buildings and customers who make energy-savings modifications to existing structures. These two new Incentives complement the Standard and Custom Incentives that were launched Feb. 11, 2009.

The goal of both Incentives is to encourage the installation of more efficient systems through training, design incentives and installation of energy-efficient measures. The level of available incentives varies according to building size and the project’s stage of development when the application is submitted.
For example, a new 70,000 square-foot building would be eligible for up to $7,000 toward completion of a technical analysis study, $10,000 for achieving a 20 percent electrical savings over building’s baseline electric demand and $5,000 for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

A “retro-commissioning” project for an existing building would cover 80 percent of the cost of an assessment study, plus an Incentive payment of $.06/kilowatthour saved during the first year of operation as a result of the retro-commissioning.

Full details of both programs are available at Ameren’s Business Energy Efficiency Program Web site, www.ameren.com/bizefficiency.  

“This program rewards forward-thinking customers who recognize the long-term value of investing in energy efficiency,” says Steve Kidwell, VP of Regulatory Affairs and Energy Efficiency for UE. “These investments will help UE reduce the demand on its system and allow us to defer building more generation. That saves money for all energy consumers.”

UE plans to spend $90 million on energy efficiency programs through 2011, placing Missouri among the top states in the nation in per-capita spending on energy efficiency.

With 1.2 million customers, UE is Missouri’s largest electric company and third largest provider of natural gas. UE’s parent, Ameren Corporation, through its operating companies, serves 2.4 million electric and 1 million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Illinois and Missouri.

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CONTACT: Tim Fox, 314.554.4335, or Mike Cleary, 573.681.7137, both of AmerenUE