Ameren looks to change efficiency program, projects reduced savings

Courtesy of Ameren
Courtesy of Ameren

Ameren plans to commit $135 million over three years to promote energy efficiency in a move it says will save customers $260 million over 20 years. But the plan, which would begin in 2016, devotes less money to efficiency rebates and projects half the energy savings of the St. Louis-based utility’s current efficiency program.

The plan would go into effect during pivotal years for new Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which the EPA says could produce greater savings for utilities. But Ameren has said the EPA’s savings projections are “unattainable” and that efficiency programs are beginning to see diminishing returns.

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