The Income Qualified (IQ) Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee was created to assist in the design and evaluation of low-income energy efficiency programs.
Following the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) in 2016, the electric utilities Ameren Illinois and ComEd were directed to convene this committee:
“The electric utilities shall also convene a low-income energy efficiency advisory committee to assist in the design and evaluation of low-income energy efficiency programs. The committee shall be comprised of the electric utilities subject to the requirements of this Section [8-103(B)(c)], the gas utilities subject to the requirements of Section 8-104 of this Act, the utilities’ low-income energy efficiency implementation contractors, and representatives of community-based organizations.”
Pre-formation meetings were held from April to June 2017. The Advisory Committees launched in 2018. The IQ North Advisory Committee covers the northern third of Illinois, including the ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas utility service territories. The IQ South Advisory Committee covers central/southern Illinois, including the Ameren Illinois utility service territory and part of the Nicor Gas service territory.
The IQ South Advisory Committees are open to all interested participants at this time, with a focus on participation by community-based organizations, implementation contractors that operate income qualified energy efficiency programs, and utilities.
The IQ South Advisory Committee is facilitated by Future Energy Enterprises.
Why Get Involved?
The IQ Committee was established to expand the impact of energy efficiency programs by ensuring that communities across Illinois are directly involved in the process of designing and evaluating programs. By joining this Committee, you are helping these energy programs reach undeserved communities in Illinois who stand to benefit greatly from participation.
Our Committee Process includes the following: