US utility ComEd has helped its customers save $2.5 billion on their energy bills since the launch of the company’s energy efficiency programme in 2008.The utility is confident its energy efficiency savings will almost double by 2030 as a result of the implementation of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA).
FEJA is a policy adopted by the state government of Illinois to improve the region’s energy sector through an increase in adoption of new innovative smart grid technologies and business cases.
Through the law, the state provides funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and other grid modernisation initiatives.
Fidel Marquez, senior vice president of Governmental and External Affairs at ComEd, said: Through FEJA, one of the nation’s best-performing energy efficiency programs will get even better with more funding and innovation, bringing even greater value and savings to our customers.”
Anne Evens, the CEO of Elevate Energy, added: “About 85,000 people in Illinois work in the field of energy efficiency.
“The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) will push that number higher, as more customers and more types of facilities will be encouraged to take advantage of energy efficiency.”
Energy efficiency savings
In recognition of the achievement, ComEd donated some 250 energy efficiency products to its customers present at the Shedd Aquariam in Chicago last week.
In a bid to reduce energy costs at the indoor Aquariam , officials at Shedd Aquariam joined ComEd’s energy efficiency programme in 2011 and deployed four energy conservation programmes which include the installation of an energy management software, energy storage system, some 1,000 LED lights and 913 solar panels.
The Aquariam houses over 32,000 animals and has achieved energy efficiency savings of 1.5 million KWh equivalent to $131,000 in energy bill savings since 2011.
Bob Wengel, vice president of facilities at Shedd Aquarium, reiterated: “At Shedd Aquarium, we believe sustainable, energy-efficient practices is both good for business and good for the environment, which is why we’ve committed to a robust Master Energy Roadmap, which aims to cut our energy consumption in half by 2020.”
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