Don’t Let Ameren Go Back on their
Future Energy Jobs Act Commitments
Energy efficiency is one of the best ways to save energy, create jobs, and lower utility bill costs for consumers. Agreements made with ComEd and Ameren as part of the Future Energy Jobs Act will achieve all those goals. But Ameren has filed a plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission that rolls back their energy efficiency targets, jeopardizing the energy efficiency programs, jobs, and consumer savings promised just seven months ago.
Tell the Illinois Commerce Commission to require Ameren to meet its statutory energy efficiency targets! Residents in central and southern Illinois will pay nearly 30 percent more than projected on utility bills if Ameren is allowed to lower its energy savings target below that which they agreed to just seven months ago as part of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA).
The electric and gas utility provider recently filed an energy-efficiency plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission that fails to meet annual savings targets required under (FEJA), Illinois’ new clean energy law.
If the company’s plan is approved, downstate residents will miss out on utility savings while Ameren takes in $36 million in incentives outlined in the new law. If Ameren’s request is granted by the ICC, their customers in central and southern Illinois not only will pay higher energy bills, but also lose out on job creation and economic development benefits associated with energy efficiency. Plus, energy efficiency is one of the best ways to reduce the use of energy – including energy generated from coal-fired power plants that releases harmful pollutants and climate-changing carbon emissions into the air.
In the meantime, ComEd filed a plan that will meet – and possibly exceed – their energy efficiency targets.
What You Can Do
Submit a Comment in Writing – File a public comment with the Illinois Commerce Commission here on or before September 12, 2017. Make sure you emphasize that Ameren Illinois should be required to meet its energy efficiency targets without reducing commitments it has made to low-income communities. Models developed by the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition show that Ameren can meet their agreed-to energy efficiency targets without sacrificing programs and incentives to low-income consumers. Click here for a sample comment.
Submit a Comment in Person – You can provide testimony at an upcoming Illinois Commerce Commission meeting in Springfield, joining others who care about maintaining the energy efficiency provisions of this act. Call Pam or Lan at 217.607.1948 (office) or 773,668,3418 (cell) and we’ll make sure you have details and training. Also, you must notify the ICC at least 24 hours in advance of the date you plan to testify. You can submit notification of your testimony by either email or fax.
Illinois Commerce Commission
Regular Open Meeting
August 30, 2017 10:30 AM
Illinois Commerce Commission
527 East Capitol Avenue
Hearing Room A, First Floor, Leland Building
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Need More Information?
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Questions? Interested in Traveling to Springfield on August 30?
Call Pam or Lan Richart, 217.607.1948 (office) or 773.556.3418 (cell).