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Improving Chicago’s Largest Buildings Could Result in $77 Million in Energy Cost Savings

December 17, 2014

A new report from the City of Chicago looks at the energy use of nearly 350 large commercial buildings. Reducing energy use in these buildings by 23 percent could result in $77 million in energy cost savings. Today, the City of Chicago published its inaugural energy benchmarking report which examines data collected during the first [...]

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Don’t Forget the Furnace and the Boiler: Improving Natural Gas Efficiency in Illinois

December 12, 2014

This post is written by Marcella Bondie Keenan, policy fellow at Elevate Energy. Under current Illinois law, utility companies offer rebates for natural gas and electricity efficiency projects. While this is a key driver for improving energy efficiency in Illinois, there is a mismatch in funding between natural gas and electric programs. Natural gas efficiency [...]

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