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Ameren Increases High-Efficiency Fluorescent Bulbs Switch Incentive

High-efficiency fluorescent bulbs makes companies eligible for an additional 10 percent incentive payment against the cost. The money will be paid out by the IL utilities -- AmerenIP, AmerenCIPS and AmerenCILCO -- for qualifying projects submitted before a Jan. 31 deadline. The new incentive money is in addition to other incentives already available to install more efficient lighting under the utilities' $7 million Act On Energy program targeted at businesses. This offers payments of up to $100,000 per qualifying project to encourage businesses to upgrade their lighting. "After 2011, T12s will no longer be manufactured," said Ameren utilities spokesman Leigh Morris. "So the bottom line is at some point you are going to have to do this, and now you can do it and we're going to give you an extra 10 percent on top of our other incentives."  To apply go to