Carbondale to receive 'Most Progressive City' Award | Community Spirit
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The City of Carbondale will receive the "Most Progressive City" Award from Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy program.
Carbondale's mayor will accept the award at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Civic Center. The award is for energy efficiency efforts made by Carbondale businesses.
“Between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012, eight Carbondale businesses completed 19 ActOnEnergy projects that are saving these Carbondale business an impressive 1,318,198 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of electricity every year. This is equal to the amount of electricity used by 132 typical residential customers for an entire year,” said George Justice, manager of Ameren Illinois Division VI, who presented the award to Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler.
Since ActOnEnergy was launched in 2008, the amount of annual incentive dollars available to business customers has grown from $3 million to $19 million. The 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.
“Through these projects, power plant emissions and carbon footprints are reduced, resources are conserved and businesses become more competitive, all of which benefit employees, consumers and the community at large,” Justice said.
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