CNT Energy Selected to Lead Regional Energy Efficiency Program
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has selected CNT Energy to coordinate the implementation of a $25 million dollar federal grant that will fund more than 8,000 energy efficiency retrofits, leverage more than $500 million in local investments, and create more than 2,000 jobs.
The program, known as the Chicago Region Retrofit Ramp-up (CR3), is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). CNT Energy leads a team that includes the Chicago Jobs Council (CJC), Shaw Group, Delta Institute and Renewable Funding. The team will put its nationally recognized planning, researching and retrofitting capabilities to work removing barriers that prevent large-scale participation in the retrofit marketplace.
“A huge part of the team’s job is to help homeowners and building owners sort through the complexities of making energy efficiency improvements,” said Anne Evens, director of CNT Energy. “We’ll connect them with the information, financing and trained workforce they need to get the job done and start saving on their energy bills.”
CNT Energy currently administers the Energy Savers program, an energy efficiency program for owners of multifamily buildings in the Chicago region. Since 2007, Energy Savers has retrofitted 2,800 housing units, achieving typical energy savings of 30 percent. CNT Energy’s experience and success running Energy Savers helped it secure the implementation role for the CR3 program.
Given that 70 percent of the Chicago region’s global warming emissions come from operating our buildings, CNT Energy’s work to improve building energy efficiency is key.