Ameren Illinois has named Alton to its list of Most Progressive Cities.  Between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, 60 Alton businesses completed over 100 ActOnEnergy projects and received more than $209,000 in incentive payments.  Act On Energy provides Ameren Illinois business customers, including nonprofits and private schools, with cash incentives to implement energy efficiency projects.

Alton Mayor Brant Walker thanked those who made the award possible, including Alderman David Boulds, Deputy Director of Development & Housing Matt Asslemeier, and a man who came on board several years ago to search for ways to save electricity.

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According to Ameren, the city is saving 2.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 197,000 therms of natural gas each year, which is enough to meet the demands of 206 single family homes for a year.

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