The City of Peoria is now the 'Most-Progressive-City'

By WEEK Reporter

November 15, 2010 Updated Nov 15, 2010 at 11:33 PM CDT

The city of Peoria is being recognized tonight for taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint.

This morning Ameren-Illinois presented Mayor Jim Ardis with an award, naming Peoria a 'Most-Progressive-City'.

Managers at the utility company say over the last two years, businesses and government-entities in the city have completed more than 200 'act-on-energy' projects.

They estimate the changes now save Peoria more than 10 million kilowatt hours of electricity every year.

"There were all types of businesses, small businesses, large businesses, medium sized businesses, but what we really what to encourage everyone to do is take advantage of these incentives to learn how to save energy, and we'll help them with the cost of that," Cheryll Miller of Ameren Illinois.

The award comes with the end of Ameren's two-year 'Act-on-Energy' program.

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