Ameren honors Urbana for energy conservation

Ameren honors Urbana for energy conservation

URBANA — Ameren Illinois has named Urbana its "Most Progressive City" for 2013 after 45 businesses in town collectively saved 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.

Between June 1, 2012, and May 31, 2013, those 45 businesses received $99,872 in incentive payments for 94 projects through Ameren's ActOnEnergy conservation program. They stand to save $157,920 annually in energy costs, according to a city press release.

They removed nearly 3.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to an Ameren press release. That's the same as taking about 300 cars off the road.

Urbana businesses' and residents' efforts are "having a real impact," Mark Harbaugh, the director of Ameren Illinois Division IV, said in a press release. "Not only are they helping to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, but conserving resources and improving the economic competitiveness of area businesses."

Ameren will give Urbana four road signs to display at city entrances.

Projects eligible for ActOnEnergy cash incentives include replacement or upgrades to lighting, heating and cooling systems, steam traps, motor systems and specialty equipment. The program is funded through a state-mandated charge on customers' bills (Rider EDR for electricity customers and Rider GER for natural gas customers).

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