SAG Portfolio Planning Process


The objective of the SAG Portfolio Planning Process is to reach consensus on Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Plans prior to individual Illinois utilities (Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas) filing Plans for approval with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

SAG holds the Portfolio Planning Process once every 4 years, unless a change in Illinois law requires discussion related to EE portfolio planning. The objective of the 2024 SAG Planning Process is for non-financially interested parties to reach consensus on 2026-2029 individual utility EE Plans for Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, prior to each utility filing an EE Plan with the Commission for approval by March 1, 2025.

2024 SAG Planning Materials

Opportunity to Submit Energy Efficiency Ideas

Interested parties are invited to submit:

  1. Feedback on current EE portfolios, suggesting changes for the 2026-2029 EE Plans; and / or
  2. Energy efficiency ideas for utility consideration, such as program approaches or new measures that have been successfully implemented in other jurisdiction(s).

Complete the electronic EE Ideas template no later than Friday, March 15, 2024.

  • Participants may use the EE Ideas Word template to collaborate on EE Idea submittals.
  • SAG participants are encouraged to:
    1. Focus on the highest priority EE ideas
    2. Work together to submit joint EE ideas, when possible
    3. Review the latest utility EE reports and participate in February SAG meetings, to avoid proposing an EE Idea already offered by a utility
  • Several participants submitted initial EE Ideas topics to SAG through a survey that was due February 1. The purpose of requesting initial EE Ideas was to identify topics of mutual interest and encourage joint submittals. Click here to view survey results. If you are interested in jointly submitting one of the ideas listed in the survey, please reach out to the contacts listed in the spreadsheet or contact the SAG Facilitator for assistance ([email protected]). Responding to the February 1 survey was optional.

Additional Instructions:

  • Please make a good faith effort to fill out as much information as possible in the template.
    • See Policy Manual Section 3.10, Proposal Support: SAG participants that propose to discuss a policy change, Program design, or other topic relevant for discussion at SAG shall demonstrate fact-based support of their recommendation prior to discussion at SAG. Support includes, but is not limited to, background, research, and data analysis.
  • Any EE Ideas submitted after the March 15th deadline may not be considered due to time constraints.
  • All EE Idea submittals will be posted on the SAG website and circulated to SAG.
  • After EE Ideas are submitted, they will be reviewed by the SAG Steering Committee to identify initial question(s) or feedback, and the SAG Facilitator may follow-up with the submitter to request additional information.
  • SAG participants that submit an EE Idea will be invited to present during the April 9th-10th and / or April 16th-17th SAG meetings. Agendas will be organized by EE Idea category.
  • Utilities will respond to submitted EE Ideas during the May 14th-15th SAG meetings.
  • Questions may be directed to the SAG Facilitator, Celia Johnson, by email: [email protected] or by phone: (312) 659-6758

Portfolio Planning Process Meetings

2024 SAG Portfolio Planning Process Schedule Flowchart (Final – updated 2/20/2024)

Introduction to 2024 SAG Plan:

Utility Kick-Off Presentations – Overview of Current EE Portfolios:

Leveraging Federal EE Funding:

Energy Efficiency Idea Presentations:

Illinois Utilities Respond to EE Ideas:

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 Meeting

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 Meeting

Additional meeting pages coming soon