As the end of the year approaches, we are taking a moment to share our 2012 accomplishments with our friends, funders, clients, colleagues, and partners, without whom these accomplishments would not be possible. Thanks for reading, and we wish you a safe, happy, and energy efficient 2013!
10,000 Apartments Upgraded with Energy Efficiency Improvements
In 2012, the Energy Savers Multifamily program reached a milestone—10,000 apartment units retrofitted with energy efficiency improvements. Energy Savers, run by CNT Energy and Community Investment Corporation, is a one-stop shop that takes the guesswork out of the process and ends up saving owners 30 percent on utility costs on average, or $10,000 per year. The program helps preserve Chicago affordable housing and has created 370 jobs. Stay tuned for an appreciation event in early 2013 to celebrate this achievement. For more on Energy Savers, listen to building owner Steve Thomas explain how the program has worked for him, or read this case study on upgrades and savings for a 5-story building in Rogers Park.
Energy Savers Program Expands to Other Building Types
The Energy Savers Multifamily program has proven so effective that we worked in 2012 to offer the service to other building types. We launched new programs to expand the Energy Savers model to small multifamily buildings, nonprofit organizations, public works buildings, and houses of worship. Visit our website to learn more or to apply to one our programs.
Energy Savers Program Goes on the Road
In light of local success with Energy Savers, CNT Energy sees an opportunity and need for a similar model outside of Illinois. We worked to replicate the Energy Savers model in a new market, and will continue this expansion work in 2013. We have a talented team who are leading expansion efforts in Pittsburgh with ACTION-Housing, in Michigan with Michigan Energy Options, and in Minnesota with the Center for Energy and Environment.
Energy Efficiency Gets Neighborly
Energy Impact Illinois, an alliance to help Illinois residents lower their energy costs that is administered by CNT Energy, launched an intensive outreach campaign for friends and neighbors to gather to learn about energy efficiency in the comfort of their own homes. Nearly 3,000 families have participated so far. An incentive that covers up to 70 percent of the cost for air sealing and insulation is hard to turn down! Since August, the alliance has completed 722 retrofits, with many more in the pipeline. For information on retrofitting your own home for up to 70 percent off the sticker price, call 855-9-IMPACT (855-946-7228).
Hourly Electricity Pricing Programs Get Green Light to Continue; CNT Energy Now Administers Them Both
This year both the ComEd Residential Real-Time Pricing program and the Ameren Power Smart Pricing program were given the green light from the Illinois Commerce Commission to continue and expand. ComEd RRTP brought on CNT Energy as the program administrator, and we launched a new website for the program. CNT Energy continues to serve as the administrator for the Power Smart Pricing program. In 2012, participants in both programs enjoyed a 35 percent average savings on electricity supply compared to the standard fixed rate price. Over the life of the two programs, 22,000 active participants have saved 25 percent on average, for a total of $18 million in savings.
Working with our Partners for Actual Results
We published a report with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) on how utilities and apartment building owners can work together to develop effective energy efficiency policies. We’ll partner up again with ACEEE in 2013 to demonstrate how to improve and expand utility energy efficiency programs. We also led two U.S. Department of Energy Building America published reports as part of the Partnership for Residential Retrofits (PARR) team. Stay tuned as we share more CNT Energy research early next year.