SEDAC is an applied research program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a public/private collaboration with 360 Energy GroupOur mission is to decrease the energy footprint of the State of Illinois.

Our goals

Reduce the cost of doing business through energy efficiency projects
Expand consumer awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and renewables
Grow and diversify the energy efficiency workforce, especially in underserved communities
Foster a more equitable energy landscape by improving access to energy efficiency services
Train a new generation of design professionals to become leaders in energy efficiency worldwide
Help communities become more sustainable and resilient through climate action planning

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

At SEDAC, we work hard to create an environment where people from diverse backgrounds are respected, supported, and heard. We learn from our differences and rely on each other to grow and change. By embracing diversity, we are better prepared to help create a more equitable energy landscape.

We are committed to increasing access to energy efficiency services and jobs among underserved populations, and to identifying and addressing bias in the work we do. 

Our impact

2,700
Facilities Assessed

 

2.4 billion kWh
117 million therms
$300 million saved
2,500 jobs created or
sustained from savings
Savings equivalent to GHG emissions from 511,000 cars driven for 1 year
25,000 people educated
at 500 workshops & events
300 students
trained

 

SEDAC Best of 2019

In 2019, SEDAC celebrated 15 years in business and expanded our offerings in exciting ways. Scroll down to see what we accomplished!

Energy Code Training

 

1,365 individuals participated in SEDAC's Energy Code Training Program by attending a workshop, presentation, or webinar, or by taking one of our online courses. An additional 222 individuals received individualized guidance through our call center. Learn more about our energy code training program.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Efficiency

 

SEDAC completed energy assessment for 20 wastewater treatment plants, identifying opportunities to save 4.5 M kWh and 38,000 therms annually, an energy cost saving of $413,000. Implemented savings resulted in 1.1 M kWh and a cost savings of $129,000. Learn more about this program.

Energy Efficiency Services

SEDAC provided energy assessments and RCx services to facilities in Ameren Illinois territory. On behalf of the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, we launched a new offering with partner 360 Energy Group for public facilities in distressed communities, and we continued to provide outreach services to guide facilities in becoming more energy efficient. Learn more.

Solar Feasibility Studies

 

SEDAC explored the feasibility of developing solar on state lands on behalf of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and developed a tool to rapidly pre-screen lands for solar energy generation potential. The tool can be applied to any geographical area. We’re also helping state entities develop net zero energy plans. Read more.

Energy Efficiency Research

On behalf of ComEd, SEDAC conducted research to uncover barriers and solutions to energy efficiency among Public Housing Authorities. SEDAC also began a study to explore energy efficiency workforce needs in Illinois, on behalf of the Ameren Illinois Market Development Initiative. Our research efforts began with a review of literature and best practices, and will continue in 2020 with stakeholder outreach. Learn more

Education and Training

 

30 students from the University of Illinois gained a foundation in energy efficiency and climate action planning through SEDAC internships and a SEDAC-supported course. Many of our graduates are now employed in the energy efficiency industry worldwide. Learn more.

Collecting and Expanding Business Environmental Data

In 2019, SEDAC began a project to streamline the process of collecting and tracking business environmental data, funded by the National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program. The project will modernize and expand access to the GreenBizTracker system and automate and expand data sharing. Learn more.
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