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Ameren Illinois (Electric) - Custom, HVAC and Motor Business Efficiency Incentives   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/15/2014
Program Overview:
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Lighting, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Duct/Air sealing, Motor VFDs, Agricultural Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Room Air Conditioners, Tankless Water Heaters, Retro-Commissioning, Leak Survey and Repair, High Efficiency Fans, HVAC Tune Ups, Live Stock Waterer, Guest Room Energy Management (GREM) Controls, LED Lighting
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Private Schools
Amount:Tank Water Heater: $150 Tankless Water Heater: $300/unit Condensing Tanked Water Heater: $300/unit AC/Heat Pump Replacement: $50 - $500/unit PTAC/PTHP: $5-$35/unit Air Cooled Chiller: $500/unit High Efficiency Fans: $25- $100/fan High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) Fans: $1000/fan Equipment Heater Timers: $10/heater Live Stock Waterer: $75-$100 VFD on HVAC Motors: $100/ HP Guest Room Energy Management (GREM) Controls: $50-$120/room Custom Lighting: $0.06/kWh saved/year Other Electric: $0.07/kWh saved/year Retro-Commissioning Survey: 50-80% of survey cost Retro Commissioning Implementation: $0.02/kWh saved; $0.40/therm saved Leak Survey and Repair: $12/hp, up to $10,000
Maximum Incentive:$500,000/project For electric & $250,000/project for gas Custom: 50% of incremental cost Leak Survey: $10,000
Equipment Requirements:See individual project guides for detailed eligibility requirements.
Installation Requirements:All Custom and projects over $10,000 must receive pre-approval from Ameren Retro Commissioning (compressed air): minimum of 100 hp (total), at least two compressors, and has been at least two years since the last major upgrade/tune-up Retro Commissioning (health care facility): facility must be 100,000 sq. ft. or larger Leak Survey and Repair projects do not require pre- approval Retro Commissioning projects must receive pre-approval from ActOnEnergy. Payback period for implementation incentives must be between 1 and 10 years.See individual project guides for program requirements.
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Prescriptive incentives are available for many HVAC and motor efficiency improvements. Pre-approval is required for Custom, Retro Commissioning and all projects with incentives greater than $10,000. The programs are available only to non-residential customers , rates DS-2, DS-3 & DS-4. This includes distribution customers of Ameren affiliates that purchase energy through an alternative supplier. ActOnEnergy Business Programs include:

·         Lighting

·         Heating / AC

·         Water Heaters

·         Refrigeration/Freezers

·         Steam Boilers

·         Variable Frequency Drives

·         Retro Commissioning

·         Compressed Air Leak Survey

·         Custom Incentives

Incentives are also listed and provided based on business type. Custom incentives are provided for a variety of equipment including geothermal heat pumps and large HVAC projects. View the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy web site for more information on these offerings. View program documentation and requirements before making purchases or upgrades.

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Ameren Illinois Residential Program
Phone: (866) 800-0747
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