The Income Qualified (IQ) Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (previously named the Economically Disadvantaged Clean Energy Stakeholder Advisory Committee) was created to assist in the design and evaluation of income qualified energy efficiency programs, pursuant to the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA).
FEJA directs the electric utilities Ameren Illinois and ComEd to convene an advisory 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.
The IQ North and 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 North and IQ South Advisory Committees are facilitated by ComEd.