From Illinois Business Journal news services
The City of Collinsville has been selected by Ameren Illinois as a Most Progressive City for 2015. Collinsville was selected based on the significant energy savings achieved by local businesses and residents over the last year. This marks the first time residential energy savings have been factored into the award selection.
A public recognition ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall where representatives from Ameren Illinois will officially present the award.
Mayor John Miller said, “The city of Collinsville is extremely proud to be honored by Ameren Illinois for this award. Our citizens share this award with the city in the efforts to reduce our energy consumption and to promote it. We take great pride in our accomplishments and will continue to work to reduce our overall footprint on energy usage with the many programs available.”
Between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015, Collinsville business and residential customers completed 281 energy efficiency projects through Ameren Illinois’ program. The resulting savings exceed 798,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and more than 3,800 therms of natural gas every year. That is the equivalent to removing more than 1.2 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere or removing approximately 113 cars from the road.
“The Most Progressive City Award is our way of recognizing those communities that exemplify a strong commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Richard J. Mark, president of Ameren Illinois. “By taking advantage of Ameren Illinois’ energy efficiency programs, these communities are reducing their impact on the environment, increasing their energy savings and improving their economic competitiveness.”
In addition to the projects completed through Ameren Illinois, Collinsville has been investing in local sustainability efforts with recent project such as:
• Utilizing Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity funds to retrofit 124 decorative light fixtures in the Uptown area, saving the city an estimated $12,000 per year in energy costs and an estimated $108,000 over the lifespan of the bulbs when labor costs are included.
• Utilizing a Madison County Environmental Grant for wall insulation and an Energy Star HVAC system in the historic D.D. Collins House — currently undergoing restoration.
• Systematically replacing Holiday Lighting Décor with LED fixtures.
• Completing a major Energy Savings Program that included lighting retrofits at several city buildings, and automation / roof-top unit replacements at the Police Station in 2011. This has saved the city $221,340 and over 1.1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is equal to 779 Metric tons of greenhouse gas.