Diverse Vendor Procurement (DVP) Program

2023 Diverse Vendor Procurement Overview

The Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program Diverse Vendor Procurement (DVP) Program team is excited to connect with you and your business! The DVP team is paving the way for equity in the energy efficiency field by identifying, vetting and recommending diverse vendors whose business match procurement needs for Ameren Illinois and all their Energy Efficiency Program contractors.

The DVP Program assists Ameren Illinois and their Program contractors in identifying diverse-owned business throughout the Ameren Illinois territory by maintaining a secure DVP database, allowing users to search for diverse vendors that meet capacity and capacity requirements as well as working on-on-one with DBEs to match individual vendors with opportunities and facilitating formal introductions between vendors and Ameren Illinois and their Program contractors.

The DVP Process

Phase 1

Opportunity Identified.

Phase 2

Search existing database of diverse businesses.

Phase 3

Locate and vet multiple diverse vendors or suppliers.

Phase 4

Informal recommendation of vendor to client.

Phase 5

Formal Introductory meeting between vendor and client. 

Phase 6

Verification of contract requirements.

Phase 7

Contract/PO Awarded.

By switching to heat supplied through electricity, not only will you save every month on energy costs, but you also have the convenience and reliability of the Ameren Illinois electric delivery system.

Advantage of Switching From Propane to Electric:

• Affordable: Unlike propane and oil heating, electric heating costs remain stable over the years. Electricity is currently a cheaper option for heating and is predicted to remain so for many years.

• Safe and Reliable: With no burning materials, combustible gases or noxious fumes, electric heating is the safest possible heating solution for your home. Efficient electric appliances typically involve heat pumps or induction technology which have become increasingly more reliable versus early versions of those technologies.

• Convenient: The Ameren Illinois electric system is already connected to your home to deliver electricity in a reliable manner. You never need to worry about running low on fuel, scheduling tank refills or maintaining storage tanks.

Improve the heating and cooling efficiency of your home by switching from propane to electric heating options like an air source heat pump. Air source heat pumps offer highly efficient heating and cooling in one integrated system. In the summer, air source heat pumps are air conditioners that pump heat out of your home. In the winter, they reverse, becoming heaters that pump heat into your home.

Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps:

• Reduced Heating Costs: An ENERGY STAR® certified air source heat pump provides heating for approximately one third the cost of traditional electric baseboard heating, depending on where you live, and approximately half the cost of oil or propane heat. An air source heat pump is so efficient that it can deliver up to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes.

• Reduced Cooling Costs: During the summer months, a central air source heat pump automatically becomes a central air conditioner. With ENERGY STAR products, you’ll also have reduced cooling bills due to highly efficient operation.

• Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions: An air source heat pump is good for your home and good for the planet. On average, ENERGY STAR certified models avoid more than 4,500 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over the course of their lifespan compared to standard systems.

• Less Infrastructure: Air source heat pumps offer highly efficient heating and cooling in one integrated system.

Through the Home Efficiency Income Qualified (HEIQ) Initiative, eligible Ameren Illinois customers receive a FREE Home Energy Assessment to learn where your home is losing energy and discover ways to incorporate energy-efficient home improvements like LED lightbulbs, advanced power strips and heat pumps, all at no cost to you!

Benefits of a FREE Home Energy Assessment:

• Energy Usage: Understand how much energy your home is using and what appliances and products are using the most energy.

• Health and Safety: Uncover hidden problems that could be wasting energy and making your home unsafe, like poorly insulated walls and improper ventilation.

• Savings: Identify incentives to help determine budgeting for projects.

• Free Energy-Saving Products: During the Home Energy Assessment, receive FREE installation of energy-efficient products in your home. Propane appliances (furnaces, water heaters, stoves and clothes dryers) may be eligible for free replacement with electric appliances (heat pump water heaters, induction stoves, or heat pump clothes dryers).

Diverse business owners are invited to review current RFP and other procurement opportunities, fill out the DBE Intake form to be added to the secure DVP Database and reach out to the DVP team if you would like to meet one-on-one with a member of the DVP team to discuss upcoming opportunities in the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program.