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amerenbistateRepresentatives from Ameren Missouri recently presented Bi-State Development with a check for $243,194 as part of a years-long effort to upgrade lighting at various Metro transit stations.

BSD upgraded more than 1,900 light fixtures at its Metro transit facilities to LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures through the Ameren Missouri BizSavers program, which provides cash incentives to businesses making cost-effective, energy-efficient upgrades. The updated lighting produced a substantial incentive from Ameren Missouri, and is delivering an annual savings on energy costs of more than $236,000.

“Bi-State Development is always looking for ways to be more efficient, and we take special pride in making sure we maximize the value of the financial resources entrusted to us,” said John Nations, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bi-State Development. “This partnership with Ameren has produced amazing results, from increasing safety at our facilities to improving our energy usage and costs.”

In 2015, BSD began working with Ameren Missouri to upgrade lighting at five Metro transit facilities: Brentwood MetroBus Facility; Central Facility; DeBaliviere MetroBus Facility; Illinois MetroBus Facility; and Missouri Rail Yard and Shops. The project was completed during the spring of 2017.

The new LED fixtures have improved overall illumination, which has increased worker safety, and have also reduced labor costs as they require no maintenance for the first 100,000 hours of operation. One of the most significant benefits is how the new lighting has reduced overall energy usage at the facilities, saving 3.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. This creates an overall annual savings of $236,484 for Bi-State Development.

Nearly 3,000 projects have been completed through the Ameren Missouri BizSavers program, which has saved more than 120 million kilowatt-hours of electricity through the current program cycle.

PHOTO: From left, Jeff Kelley, business development lead, Ameren Missouri; Dan Laurent, director Energy Services, Ameren Missouri; Rich Wright, manager energy efficiency, Ameren; David Dietzel, chairman of Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners; Ray Friem, executive director, Metro Transit; John Nations, president and chief executive officer, Bi-State Development; and Mike Mueller, vice president of economic and technology development, Ameren Missouri.