A major component of providing a ready and resilient force is providing sustainable facilities and infrastructure that serve to train and house our soldiers. Maximizing the efficiency of our facilities ensures that they are economically and environmentally sound and remain assets to our soldiers and communities. The Minnesota Army National Guard prides itself as a leader in promoting energy, water, and waste conservation and reduction practices. Our commitment to leadership in environmental sustainability serves as a vital part of being mission ready and allows us to be good stewards of our environment.
The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program introduced a midstream lighting program, Instant Discounts, to its commercial and industrial customers in 2011 to promote energy efficiency and increase program participation by removing prescriptive paperwork barriers. The program has a market-friendly approach that works for ComEd customers and lighting distributors. Instant Discounts is a tremendous success – saving an estimated 1,056 GWh over the past five years – and acts as a gateway to future projects that help customers save energy.
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers in 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. Since 2008, the Ameren Illinois energy efficiency programs have helped our customers save over $850 million in energy costs, providing an economic boost to residents and businesses throughout central and southern Illinois. Over the next several years, the company will invest in a groundbreaking initiative to provide energy-saving benefits to more moderate- and low income customers. In addition, Ameren Illinois has committed to help develop new companies and create new local job opportunities in the energy efficiency arena across downstate Illinois.