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July 30, 2021

 

 
 
Ameren 
 

Question: I’d like to learn more about Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and incentives available from the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. What are VFDs and how can they help me save energy and money? Answer: Building heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed to operate at peak load, which only occurs in a very short period of time throughout the year. One of the most effective ways to improve building energy efficiency is to use variable frequency drives, or VFDs. The VFD adjusts the speed of one or more motors installed on equipment, such as fans, pumps, and compressors. With VFDs installed, the load on the requirements and operation schedule can result in a dramatic reduction in energy consumption. Real Results: A county jail located in the Ameren Illinois service territory installed seven VFDs on their HVAC motors and received over $9,000 in energy efficiency incentives from the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. The incentives also reduced the cost of the project by nearly 10% and, more importantly, saves the county an estimated $5,000 annually! To learn more, visit AmerenIllinoisSavings.com/VFD or call 1.866.800.0747. 

 

 
 
 Lake Springfield
 

Katie Calhoon and Jennifer Davis, students at University of Illinois Springfield, are conducting research at Lake Springfield with UIS professors Dr. Anne-Marie Hanson, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, and Dr. Thomas Rothfus, ENS Research Assistant Professor and Director of the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon. Their study shows that fishing line and cigarette butts were littered throughout popular fishing sites, and found hooks, fishing lures, weights, bobbers, and litter in general (mostly food and tobacco packaging). Some of these items were entangled in the fishing line, laying near the fishing line receptacles, or simply loose on the shore. The students collect and count these findings and keep all the fishing line and cigarette butts with the idea of recycling it into something such as art, a planter, or a bench. The hooks, fishing lures, weights, and bobbers are also kept for use in a future project. The students report finding surprises such as flip flops and hats, and that the residents appreciate their work. The students have received compliments for cleaning up the lake and for conducting the research.

 

 
 
IDOC 
 

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) appropriates $19.53 billion to States for distribution to tens of thousands of non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs). ARPA directs the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to make payments to each State for distribution to NEUs within the State. Illinois' NEU allocation is $742 million. In Illinois, eligible NEUs include more than 1,250 cities, towns and villages that each serve a population under 50,000. These funds provide a critical source of relief for local governments, including smaller governments which have not received direct financial assistance from the federal government since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist local governments as they claim their allotments, the State of Illinois has established The NEU Portal. Per Treasury guidance, NEUs that do not claim their allotments within 60 days after the State begins accepting and processing requests for funding from NEUs will lose their allotments, which will be distributed to other NEUs. Authorized representatives from each NEU can log into the portal, request their allotment and download all the required Treasury documentation. Allocations to communities are made on a per-capita basis in two payments. After completing the allocation request on the portal local governments will receive their allocation in two payments: the first will be made at the end of August 2021, the second to be made approximately one year later. Funds can be used to cover revenue losses and the costs of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency or to its negative economic impacts on households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest-hit by the crisis. These funds can also be used to invest in building, maintaining, or upgrading water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

Illinois lawmakers passed an Omnibus Election bill this spring which was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on June 17. Public Act 102-0015 makes major changes to the state's election code to strengthen cybersecurity measures, cope with delays to 2020 U.S. Census data, and further expand access to the ballot box for Illinoisans across the state. Join Illinois Extension, the Illinois Association of County Board Members, and Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders on Wednesday, August 4, at Noon CT, for Understanding Illinois' Omnibus Election Reform Law, an in-depth review of the Election Code changes contained in the new law and its impact on county government election cycles and processes.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 3 - Moving a Broadband Project Forward

August 4 - Understanding Illinois' Omnibus Election Reform Law

August 9-12 - Midwest Community Development Institute (CDI)

August 10 - Geothermal Illinois: Campus Geothermal Capital Improvement Features and Research Projects

August 12 - Geothermal Illinois: Community Case Examples

August 17 - Broadband Adoption and Affordability: Ensuring Broadband for Everyone

 
 
 
 
 

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