The Rev. Mark Maynard, Rosemarie Brown, Dale Hamel, Mayor Ed Hagnauer and Jon Ferry, along with representatives from participating businesses and the library district, are on hand for the presentation by Ameren Illinois to Granite City for being one of ActOnEnergy’s Most Progressive Cities.
GRANITE CITY — Last month, Ameren Illinois announced Granite City as one of six Illinois communities recognized as an ActOnEnergy Most Progressive City — its third time to receive the award in the last seven years.
“It’s great to see the changes we’re making in Granite City are helping to build a better community and a better environment for future generations,” Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer said. “I want to thank Ameren Illinois for this recognition, and for being a great partner in energy efficiency.”
Granite City was selected in part based on significant energy savings achieved by local businesses. In recognition of their award, the city will receive a road sign that will be displayed in the community.
Granite City government officials, the Southwestern Madison County Chamber of Commerce and 19 businesses in Granite City worked together as a team to win the honor.
“Jon Ferry, economic director of Granite City, played a key organizational role and liaison between city government, businesses and Ameren in winning this prestigious award for the city,” Chamber of Commerce Director Rosemarie Brown said.
“Granite City exemplifies what can be achieved when businesses and residents make a commitment to be good stewards of the environment,” said Richard J. Mark, president of Ameren Illinois. “They serve as a model for businesses to reduce energy consumption, improve their bottom lines and make their communities more economically competitive. It took commitment from everyone involved to accomplish the requirements to earn this recognition.”
Between June 1, 2013, and May 31, 2014, Granite City businesses completed 29 ActOnEnergy projects and received approximately $987,000 in incentives. As a result, Granite City businesses are saving more than 13.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity and nearly 7,700 therms of natural gas every year, the equivalent to removing more than 21 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or removing approximately 1,868 vehicle’s from the road. These projects have also generated more than $958,000 in annual energy savings for Granite City businesses.
Through the ActOnEnergy program, Ameren Illinois provides business customers — including private schools and nonprofits — with financial incentives to implement energy efficiency projects. These incentives are intended to make it more affordable to implement measures to reduce energy consumption, including replacement or upgrades to lighting, heating and cooling systems, steam traps, motor systems and specialty equipment. The program is funded through a small charge (Rider EDR for electricity customers and a Rider GER for natural gas customers) on customer bills. These charges are mandated by state law.
Some of the areas the city and businesses had to work on to win include:
• Retro commissioning compressed air project
• Large facilities project
• Industrial refrigeration project
• Grocery store project
• Compressed air service providers
• Large facilities service providers
• Industrial refrigeration service providers
• Metering and monitoring
• Standard lighting, HVAC water heater project
• Specialty equipment project
Granite City businesses and the city administration discovered how these projects paid off in big financial savings.
“We are proud of our forward-thinking companies and they are great community partners,” Ferry said. “Energy savings today is something that will affect the city and its residents for years to come.”
Now that the challenge has been a success for the city, officials and business owners say they are motivated to keep these practices established and keep up the effort to reduce and save more energy, with more businesses and citizens ready to continue the savings.