How can I confirm my business is eligible for Ameren Illinois' energy efficiency business program incentives?
You must be a non-residential customer on Delivery Service Tariff Rate DS-2, DS-3, DS-4, DS-5 or DS-6 to receive incentive money for electric projects. Customers with DS-5 delivery service are only eligible for upgrades done to exterior lighting when the light fixtures are customer-owned. For the gas programs, you must be a non-residential customer on Rate GDS-2, GDS-3, or GDS-4. In addition, each application specifies the eligibility criteria for those types of projects.
Customers who use Alternate Retail Electric Suppliers (ARES) are eligible for incentives as long as Ameren Illinois is their distributer and there is a Rider EDR charge on their bill. If your bill shows rate DS-1 or GS-1, you may be eligible for the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Residential Program.
to view a sample bill with directions on where to find the rate on your bill.
Is my church/school eligible for Ameren Illinois' energy efficiency business program incentive money?
Most non-government funded organizations, including churches, non-profit organizations, and privately owned schools, are likely eligible.
I own a retirement home; is it eligible for incentives?
There are different possibilities, depending on your situation:
1. You could be eligible for Business Program incentives if you, the building owner, pay the utility bills for all units (electric delivery service DS-2, DS-3, or DS-4, DS-6, or gas delivery service GDS-2, GDS-3, or GDS-4).
2. Your tenants could be eligible for Residential Program incentives if they pay the utility bill for their respective units (their delivery service rate on their bill is DS-1, or GDS-1)
3. As the building owner, you could be eligible for the Multifamily Property Program (Common-Area Lighting Program and the In-Unit Program) for either scenario above, as long as your building has three or more units.
If you are unsure of your status, contact us to discuss your situation.
I manage a government-funded facility that receives delivery service from Ameren Illinois, are we eligible for the incentives?
Public facilities are eligible for energy-efficiency incentives through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) programs. Applications are available on the DCEO website at IllinoisEnergy.org or call 1.800.214.7954 for more information.
I pay my electric utility bill to a municipality (or co-op), am I eligible?
If you purchase energy from a co-op or municipality but Ameren Illinois provides delivery service, you are likely eligible. If you are unsure of your status, contact us with your Ameren Illinois account number, and we can check to see if you qualify.
If Ameren Illinois does not provide delivery service, you are not eligible to participate in the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. However, some co-ops/municipalities offer their own incentive or rebate programs; check with your supplier.
I know my municipality/co-op purchases their energy from Ameren Illinois, or uses the Ameren Illinois power lines. Why am I not eligible for the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program?
Co-ops and municipalities that use Ameren Illinois as their utility delivery service include a rider EDR (Energy Efficiency and Demand-Response Cost Recovery) charge on the customer’s Ameren Illinois bill. The Rider EDR is a small percentage of your payment that is consolidated into a pool of money that funds the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. Customers who contribute to the pool are eligible to take advantage of the funds available through Ameren Illinois. Co-ops and municipalities that provide their own delivery service do not include the Rider EDR charge, so are not eligible to use Ameren Illinois' energy efficiency program funds. Please check with your energy provider to determine if they offer any incentive programs for energy-efficient upgrades.
I purchase my electricity from an ARES (Alternative Retail Electric Supplier) but Ameren Illinois provides the delivery service—am I eligible?
Most customers who receive their energy supply from an ARES are still eligible. If your bill includes the Ameren Illinois Rider EDR charge, you are eligible to apply for incentive money.
I pay my gas utility bill to Ameren Illinois, am I eligible for electric incentive funds?
If you are a gas-only customer of Ameren Illinois, you are only eligible for the gas programs. Likewise, if you are an electric-only customer, you are eligible for the electric programs.