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Ameren Illinois Expands ActOnEnergy® Business Program for 2011
$18 Million in Incentives Available

All Ameren Illinois natural gas business customers are now eligible for energy efficiency initiatives from ActOnEnergy® that will help customers reduce utility bills.

Beginning June 1, ActOnEnergy is making available to business customers incentives totaling $18 million for natural gas and electricity energy efficiency projects completed by May 31, 2012.

“We are pleased to announce a significant ActOnEnergy program expansion that makes all natural gas business customers eligible for energy efficiency project incentives,” said Cheryl Miller, ActOnEnergy business program manager. “Previously, incentives for natural gas efficiency measures only were available to small businesses.

“We believe farmers, grain elevators and others who operate grain dryers will find our natural gas incentives to be of special benefit,” Miller said. “At a time when fuel, supply and other operating costs have gone up, farmers, elevators and others will discover the time is right to lower their natural gas costs. This will benefit the farmer, processor and consumer.”

Complete business program information is available at ActOnEnergy.com, by calling 1-866-800-0747 or by sending an e-mail to ActOnEnergyBusiness@ameren.com.

ActOnEnergy offers business customers – including private schools and nonprofits – energy efficiency incentives for lighting, refrigeration, motor systems and HVAC systems. Incentives also are available for retro commissioning, multi-family buildings, commercial kitchen equipment, and hotel and motel guest room energy management systems.

One of the newest programs is designed for grain and livestock farmers, providing incentives for lighting upgrades, livestock waterers and such high-efficiency equipment as circulation fans, water heaters and exhaust fans.

ActOnEnergy also offers the Business Online Store, small business commercial kitchens program, grocery/convenience store incentives and custom incentives. 

“Our business customers can realize significant savings when they participate in our program,” Miller said. “For example, replacing a standard T-12 fluorescent light fixture with a high-efficiency T-8 fluorescent fixture can reduce electricity consumption by 33 percent.

“Our energy efficiency professionals are ready to help our customers take advantage of the ActOnEnergy incentives so they can spend less on energy by using less.”

ActOnEnergy also offers incentives and rebates to residential customers. For more information on residential programs, visit ActOnEnergy.com, call 1-866-838-6918 or send an e-mail to: ActOnEnergyResidential@ameren.com.

The ActOnEnergy program is funded through a small charge (Rider EDR for electricity customers and Rider GER for natural gas customers) on customer bills. These charges are mandated by state law.

Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 813,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois, and our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com.


Contacts: Leigh Morris, 1-214-535-5228, lmorris@ameren.com; Victoria Busch, 1-618-346-1286, vbusch@ameren.com; Neal Johnson, 1-309-677-5284, njohnson@ameren.com