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February 13, 1998

Frank M. Beaver
Deputy Director
Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs
325 West Adams Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701

Dear Mr. Beaver:

Some time ago, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued an invitation to the State of Illinois to participate as a partner in the USEPA Green Lights program. Thank you for responding to this invitation on behalf of the State of Illinois.

You advised that the State of Illinois had instituted a pilot program aimed at improving energy efficiency of state buildings, utilizing a comprehensive energy efficiency approach. In addition, you recommended that the USEPA consider utilizing a similar approach with respect to its Energy Star Buildings (ESB) and Green Lights programs. The USEPA agrees with your recommendation. Therefore, I am pleased to advise you that effective June 1998, the USEPA will no longer be marketing Green Lights as a single program, but will incorporate Green Lights into its overall, comprehensive Energy Star Buildings partnership effort.

As you rightly pointed out, the goal of a comprehensive energy efficiency program is to utilize the savings realized through employing measures with short term payback, to pay for additional energy efficiency upgrades with a longer rate of return. The USEPA’s Energy Star Buildings partnership incorporates this philosophy, and asks that participants employ those energy-efficient technologies which are profitable, and at the same time help prevent pollution.

The USEPA provides technical and other supportive services to its Energy Star Buildings’ partners including: software to support decision-making; financing options; unbiased technical information; educational workshops; case studies documenting monitored savings; networking opportunities; a 24-hour Hotline; and opportunities for public recognition. A personal account manager would also be provided to answer questions and to offer advice throughout the improvement process.

The State may choose from a variety of technical information, including Specifier Reports, which are the most comprehensive source of lighting technologies information; the E-Source Technology Atlas; and other technical material. The educational and technical workshops can be customized specifically for the State, and can be hosted on site. These workshops are designed to help focus the partner’s energy management team on achieving the greatest savings through a comprehensive energy strategy.

On behalf of the USEPA, I would like to invite the State of Illinois to become an Energy Star Buildings partner. In so doing, Illinois would be joining with many other States and organizations throughout the country which are realizing financial and environmental benefits through their voluntary partnership in Energy Star Buildings. In light of the gains the State of Illinois has already achieved through its current energy efficiency strategies, Energy Star Buildings may be a useful tool for accelerating these efforts. The services and tools of ESB will extend the capabilities you now have; in addition, you will be part of a growing network of state ESB partners. This partnership will provide a good platform to showcase Illinois’ current and future successes in energy management and to learn from other successes.

If you have any questions, or would like to further discuss the benefits of having Illinois become an Energy Star Buildings partner, please feel free to contact me or Audrie Washington, of my staff, at (312) 886-0669. I look forward to hearing from you and to having the opportunity to work with the State of Illinois in its continuing efforts to achieve financial savings and pollution prevention through energy efficiency measures.

Sincerely yours,


David A. Ullrich
Acting Regional Administrator


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