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Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Community Partnership with ILBCC By Larry Ivory, President and CEO, ILBCC

Pictured L to R:  Will Kyles, Michael Williams, Spanky Edwards, Erika Dominick, Larry Ivory, Taiiko Ballard, and Tremayne Branch

Across its territory, Ameren Illinois is partnering with community based organizations to engage customers in energy efficiency. These trusted and established organizations help bridge the gap between underserved customers and incentives available to them. Community organizations are in a prime position to identify prospects for the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. For example, the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce helped connect Community Storage with the Ameren Illinois Small Business Direct Install Initiative. As a result, the storage rental facility received cash incentives covering roughly 87 percent of the cost to upgrade to state-of-the-art LED lighting. The new lighting will save the East St. Louis business more than $5,000 every year. To further boost local economies, these community partnerships promise to enhance supplier diversity. In the case of Community Storage, the lighting assessment and installation work was completed by Jarvis Electric — one minority-owned business serving another.

For more information on the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Partners, please visit AmerenIllinoisSavings.com/Partner or call Mallory Audo at 1.309.377.5121.