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Chicago-based BlueStar Energy’s mission to “help customers use less energy and spend less for it” has made them one of the fastest-growing energy suppliers in the United States, repeatedly recognized by Inc. Magazine on its annual Inc. 500 | 5000 list of fastest-growing companies. BlueStar Energy can turn your monthly electric bill into a competitive advantage for you by using a customized approach to electricity procurement and management. They offer a variety of energy solutions for businesses of any size and provide expertise in choosing the right energy product to fit your risk and price preference, including nationwide energy efficiency services.

BlueStar Energy is the exclusive sponsor of the Illinois Chamber Energy Council web page. Let BlueStar assist in evaluating your facility’s energy needs, request a no-obligation electricity supply quote or energy efficiency audit today or call Adon Navarette at 312-339-0801.


Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100 percent employee-owned, full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm. Burns & McDonnell ranks in the upper 5 percent of Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms and is among the leaders in many service categories. With the multidisciplinary expertise of over 3,100 professionals in more than 25 offices, Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, permits, constructs and manages facilities worldwide with one mission in mind — to make our clients successful.

Key services include:

• Electrical transmission and distribution

• Energy

• Process (refinery)

• Remediation

• Environmental studies and permitting

• Air quality control

• Facilities design

• Industrial

• Information technology

• Power generation

• Program management

• Security

• Sustainability

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports the thoughtful utilization of energy resources to help ensure improved domestic and global energy security and stable prices for consumers. We seek to help improve consumer understanding of our nation’s energy security, including the need to reduce reliance on imported oil and natural gas, maintain reasonable energy prices for consumers, properly balance our energy needs with environmental & conservation goals and continue efforts to diversify our energy resources.

The mission of CEA is to expand the dialogue between the energy & consuming sectors to improve overall understanding of energy security and the thoughtful development and utilization of energy resources to help create sound energy policy and maintain stable energy prices for consumers.


Eastern Illinois University is a comprehensive institution, fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The university is located on 320 beautifully landscaped acres in Charleston, Ill. Eastern provides the total education experience, while maintaining those personal relationships that its students expect and value. Offering 44 baccalaureate and 23 master’s degrees, Eastern enrolls approximately 11,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Small class sizes allow close individual attention and guidance by faculty known for their excellence in teaching, research, creative activity and service. During its 110-year history, Eastern has enriched the lives of generations of students and established a lasting reputation for excellence. The university’s reputation reflects its mission to provide superior, yet accessible undergraduate and graduate education in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions.

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Enercon Engineering, your ONE source:

Our full range of custom designed and manufactured power generation products, power controls systems, low & medium voltage switchgear, generator packages, enclosures, mobile power modules, cogeneration units, and special assemblies enables us to provide you with a totally coordinated design for your project from the board to in-house tested finished products — all from one source.

With more than 37,000 projects in over 100 countries, Enercon Engineering has the expertise to provide custom designed solutions for any size job. From kilowatts to megawatts, our power generation products can fill the needs of the end-user. Whatever your needs…where ever your needs, Enercon Engineering is there for you.


FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. is a leading energy supplier, serving residential, commercial an industrial customers throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. Based in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy Solutions is the competitive subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utility.

FirstEnergy Solutions owns 31 power plants totaling approximately 20,000 megawatts of generation and offers a wide range of energy and energy-related products and services to wholesale and retail customers, including the generation and sale of electricity and energy planning and procurement.  We supply electricity to 1.5 million customers in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and manage the energy and procurement needs for over 120,000 businesses.

Illinois Gas & Electric (“ILG&E”), a U.S. Gas & Electric company, is a leading energy supplier for commercial and residential customers.  With our expertise in providing energy to customers with a diverse array of energy usage patterns and requirements, ILG&E has gained invaluable experience in wholesale and retail energy markets.  ILG&E has the ability to take advantage of open energy market opportunities, moving swiftly to educate our customers on market conditions while providing highly competitive pricing and opportunities for cost savings.  Our core competencies combined with our drive for internal efficiencies ensure that ILG&E provides the best possible pricing for our customers’ energy requirements.

To date, the U.S. Gas & Electric family of brands has saved over 135,000 customers more than $32 million on their energy expenses.

INEOS Bio is a BioEnergy company commercializing and licensing its novel thermo-chemical and bio-chemical technology for the production of renewable biofuels and renewable energy from a wide range of low-cost carbon materials. The company’s initial focus is the commercialization of its leading third-generation ethanol technology process to serve the global renewable fuels and the renewable energy markets. Backed by decades of experience in developing and licensing industrial-scale technology, INEOS Bio creates more sustainable communities and transportation by converting waste and non-food crop biomass into advanced biofuel. The INEOS Bio bioenergy technology solution uses a flexible approach that is fast, safe and reliable, allowing it to be commercialized wherever there is waste. By taking this localized approach, INEOS Bio reduces landfill and air pollution, creates jobs, generates tax revenue and safely produces renewable fuel and clean energy. The INEOS Bio Commercial Team is located in Lisle, IL. INEOS Bio is one of the global businesses in INEOS, the world’s 4th largest petrochemical company.

INEOS Bio and its joint venture partner, New Planet Energy, are investing millions of dollars to build a third-generation ethanol facility, bringing clean energy jobs to Florida. The Indian River County BioEnergy Center (Center), near Vero Beach, Florida, will produce eight million gallons of third-generation bioethanol per year from renewable biomass including vegetative, yard, and municipal solid waste. The Center will also generate 6 megawatts (gross) of clean renewable power to run the facility with the excess exported to the local community. The total project investment will be more than $130 million dollars and will create 250 construction jobs over the next year with 50 full time jobs once the center is operational. The BioEnergy Center will be the first commercial scale facility employing the INEOS Bio Bioenergy technology. The project broke ground in February 2011 and is targeted for completion and start-up in Q2 2012.

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The Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University is a research and public service unit formally recognized by the State of Illinois. It was approved by the Illinois State University Board of Trustees in November, 2007 and by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in August, 2008. The Center has three major functional areas: supporting the renewable energy major at Illinois State University; encouraging applied research on renewable energy at Illinois State and through collaborations with other universities; and serving the Illinois renewable energy community by providing information to the public.

The Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies at Illinois State University is the premier institution for research and education in regulatory economics and public policy in the State of Illinois and has a national reputation for excellence in Midwestern regulatory issues. The Institute supports the Master’s Program in Electricity, Natural Gas and Telecommunications Economics; performs statewide workshops to educate external stakeholders; publishes a research white paper series, and publishes articles and books in peer-reviewed outlets.


Primera Engineers, Ltd. (Primera) is a full service engineering design and consulting firm dedicated to sustainable design and the pursuit of excellence using the latest technologies. Primera offers a wide range of professional services in the disciplines of architecture, mechanical, electrical, plumbing (M/E/P), structural, civil, telecommunications engineering, commissioning, transportation and construction management.

Since Primera’s inception in 1987, we have built an exceptional record of successful projects. This success has come on both single and multidiscipline projects. Primera’s design team is comprised of dedicated professionals including Professional Engineers, Structural Engineers, Licensed Architects, LEED Accredited Professionals, Certified Energy Managers, Certified Energy Procurement Professionals, and Registered Communications Distribution Designers.

Primera was founded with two distinct goals in mind:

– Create and maintain a company that quality-driven professionals are proud to be a part of.

– Create and maintain a culture in which the entire existence of the company is based on earning clients’ satisfaction at every opportunity.

Primera operates today with these two goals still in place. Our passion for satisfying clients has resulted in the establishment of one of the premier Quality Management Systems in the industry today, which is ISO 9001:2008 certified. We also recognize, however, that the pursuit of quality is exactly that — a pursuit. That is why we continue to invest in programs, activities and people that will help Primera maintain its position as a top quality provider of professional services.


Stella-Jones Inc. is a leading North American producer and marketer of industrial pressure treated wood products, specializing in the production of railway ties and timbers, as well as wood poles supplied to electrical utilities and telecommunications companies.

Stella-Jones is the only producer of pressure treated wood poles operating on a national scale in the United States and Canada. The Company has nurtured long-term relationships with electrical and telecommunications utility companies and is solidly established as one of the leading suppliers of wood utility poles in North America. Its extensive network of suppliers and substantive cutting rights provides access to high-quality timber, which enables its peeling and treating plants to provide a diverse selection of wood utility poles to customers across the country.

The Company also provides treated consumer lumber products and customized services to lumber retailers and wholesalers for outdoor applications. Other products include marine and foundation pilings, construction timbers, highway guardrail posts and treated wood for bridges.


With more than 61 years experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada’s network of wholly owned natural gas pipelines extends more than 35,500 miles, tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 380 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 10,800 megawatts of power generation in the United States and Canada. TransCanada is developing one of North America’s largest oil delivery systems. TransCanada’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. For more information visit: or check us out on Twitter @TransCanada.


The University of Chicago has been a center for inquiry, research and education since its founding in 1892. The University houses over 140 research centers and institutes, and proudly manages two national laboratories – Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory – through the Office of the Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories. Over eighty University of Chicago faculty, students or researchers have received Nobel prizes and the preeminent faculty continue to impact the world through their research and discoveries.

The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago, or EPIC, is an interdisciplinary research and training institute focused on the economic and social consequences of energy policies. It is a joint initiative of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and the Booth School of Business. The core research team is comprised of world-class University of Chicago faculty from economics, physical sciences, public policy, business, and law, and augmented by computational science and engineering experts from Argonne National Laboratory.


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