ENERGY_EFFICIENCY
Energy efficiency—using less energy for the same services—is the easiest and most cost-effective way to reduce energy use. As we save more energy and use less, we reduce the amount of carbon emissions we emit, making efficiency an invaluable resource for combating climate change. Further, investing in energy efficiency puts money back in the pockets of residents and helps local businesses become more competitive.

Current Laws
The Illinois Power Agency Act (IPAA) was enacted in 2007 and established the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS), which requires natural gas and electric utilities to reduce their annual energy energy rates and peak demand by:

  • Reducing electric sales 2% by 2015 and holding at 2.0% every year thereafter;
  • Implementing cost-effective measures to reduce demand peak by 0.1% over the prior year for a period of ten years for electric utilities;
  • Requiring natural gas reach reductions of 1.5% by 2019 and increase by 1.5% each year thereafter.

Building Energy Efficiency Codes: Importantly, Illinois also created energy efficiency laws requiring the adoption of energy efficiency building codes. Read a list of
these building codes here: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance – Illinois Building Codes

Our Vision
Illinois’ energy efficiency policies should be strengthened by passing the Illinois Clean Jobs bill (HB2607/SB1485)
    • Illinois’ regulatory environment should support energy efficiency programs.
      Energy efficiency opportunities in the state should be maximized. All cost-effective energy efficiency gains should be achieved for both electricity and natural gas.
  • Illinois should ensure that consumers are educated on the benefits of the smart grid through programs that allow them to use energy in a more efficient, smarter manner.
What You Can Do
Contact your legislators and either ask them to sign onto HB2607/SB1485 or thank them for already being a co-sponsor.
Follow these four easy steps to become make your home and/or office more efficient!
Visit IEC affiliates Elevate Energy and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance websites to learn more about what you can do to become more efficient!
Ecology Action Center is a not-for-profit environmental agency with a mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening and preserving a healthy environment. The EAC acts as a central resource for environmental education, information, outreach, and technical assistance in McLean County.

Partners for Parks and Wildlife

Partners for Parks and Wildlife (PPW) is a grassroots coalition that is dedicated to secure and increase funding for open space and park acquisition, natural area preservation, wildlife habitat protection and recreational opportunities in Illinois.

Learn More About Climate Change

The U.S. EPA's website on climate change does a great job providing basic scientific information on the topic and good tips on what each of us can do to address the problem.

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One of the simplest ways to donate to the IEC is by contributing through EarthShare in your workplace charity campaign.