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Public Comments Requested on IRP

At the June 11th Public Utilities Committee meeting, CWLP presented information on its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which will soon be fully underway. The IRP will identify what type and mix of generation will be best suited to provide reliable and reasonably priced low cost electrical power to meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years. The IRP will compile and analyze economic data of CWLP’s existing electric resources along with the economic data of other options such as wind, solar, natural gas combustion turbine, smaller reciprocating engines, power purchases from the market, demand side management and energy storage.

At the end of the IRP process, the Springfield City Council will be presented with a number of different energy portfolios scenarios, including plant retirements and various generation mixes, along with the projected costs and risks of each. To learn more about the IRP, see CWLP’s presentation from the Public Utilities Committee meeting or watch the meeting video

CWLP is inviting the public to comment on scenarios and options for consideration for the IRP until June 28th via feedback@springfield.il.us. Name and address is requested to be included with comments being submitted.

Backflow Survey Underway

Have you taken our Cross-Connection/Backflow Water Survey yet? Your participation helps protect water quality within the distribution system. Contaminants can "backflow" into the system from homes or businesses from irrigation or fire protection systems as examples. The survey helps us identify these risks from cross-connections and reduce the potential for backflow or back-siphoning events to occur. All survey respondents, who are CWLP water customers, will be entered into a drawing to win one of ten CWLP drink tumblers.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency requires all Illinois water customers to complete a cross connection survey every two years. For more information on protecting against backflow contamination, see our pamphlet, or call 789-2323, ext. 1630.

CWLP Water Quality Report Released

The newest information on CWLP water quality is in the just released 2017 Water Quality Report. As in year’s past, drinking water produced by the utility met all USEPA and State of Illinois drinking water health standards and no violations of a contaminant level or any other water quality standards occurred. The information in the report outlines the monitoring undertaken to evaluate the production of drinking water.

CWLP’s Water Division operates a 24-hour laboratory where chemists and plant operators consistently and continually check systems and processes to see that each parameter is met as required for treatment processes to delivery of finished drinking water into the distribution system.

Details about where the water comes from, Lake Springfield and what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by the regulatory agencies are also included in the report. Any customers, whom would like a printed copy of the report mailed, may request by calling 217-757-8630, ext. 1703 or by email, publicinformation@cwlp.com.

Get To Know Your Water During National Drinking Water Week

City Water, Light and Power is participating in National Drinking Water Week, May 6-12, in its 150th year of providing municipal water service with notice of two water education events, a customer survey, along with release of its newest drinking water quality report.

City of Springfield Water Service Then & Today
The City of Springfield has been a public water supply provider since 1868, and at that time was only the second water works provider in operation in Illinois. It was April 30, 1868 when raw, untreated water from the Sangamon River was first pumped from the City’s new water works pumping station on the north side of Springfield and on July 1 of that same year the water works began full-time operations and service. Read more about the history of Springfield’s drinking water here, https://www.cwlp.com/Images/CWLPHistory/WtrHistoryPampForWeb.pdf.

Today, CWLP’s Water Division is responsible for producing and delivering water for a population of 150,000 encompassing several communities in and around Springfield. The CWLP water system includes Lake Springfield, the recently upgraded lakeside Water Purification Plant, three water storage tanks, and approximately 760 miles of water mains. The Division's primary mission is to ensure that all utility customers will have a safe and plentiful water supply in both the immediate and long-term future.

2017 Water Quality Report Available
The City of Springfield is committed to providing its customers with high quality water and the Water Division operates a 24-hour laboratory where chemists and plant operators consistently and continually check drinking water quality. The newest information on CWLP water quality is in the just released 2017 Water Quality Report, which is now online (https://www.cwlp.com/WQR2017). As in year’s past, drinking water produced by the utility met all USEPA and State of Illinois drinking water health standards and no violations of a contaminant level or any other water quality standards occurred. The information in the report outlines the monitoring undertaken to evaluate the production of drinking water. Details about where the water comes from, Lake Springfield and what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by the regulatory agencies are included. Any customers, whom would like a printed copy of the report mailed, may request by calling 217-757-8630, ext. 1703 or by email, publicinformation@cwlp.com.

Lake Springfield Urban Water Quality Management Informational Meeting May 9th The Lake Springfield Watershed Resource Planning Committee is hosting an informational meeting on a variety of urban Best Management Practices, which can be effective in improving the water quality of Lake Springfield. Kent Massie from Massie-Massie & Associates and Jim Nelson from Nelson Land Management will present on rain gardens and rain barrels and how they can help improve water quality; how detention and retention basins are designed to capture urban storm water runoff and filter contaminants; and other topics. This meeting, being held in partnership with CWLP, the Sangamon County Soil and Water Conservation District, Illinois EPA, Springfield Lake Shore Improvement Association and Illinois Lakes Management Association, is funded in part through an IEPA grant.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bridgeview Park Building located at 149 N. Lakewood Drive near Chatham. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested by close of business Monday, May 7th and can be made by calling the Sangamon County Soil and Water Conservation District at 241-6635 ext. 3 or email michelle.seman@il.nacdnet.net.

Water Conservation Workshop May 12
On Saturday, May 12th, CWLP is hosting a workshop, “Smart Solutions,” focused on water conservation and tips on how customers can reduce water usage. The workshop begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Carnegie Room North of Lincoln Library at the corner of Seventh Street and Capitol Avenue.

This workshop will provide valuable information on how to reduce water use inside and outside the home. Attendees will learn about latest on current programs and rebates available to increase payback for efficiency investments. All attendees will receive a free water saver kit. RSVP for this workshop by calling the CWLP Energy Services Office at 789-2070 or email nrgxprts@cwlp.com.

CWLP Water Connection, Backflow Survey Underway
CWLP’s Cross-Connection Water Survey is being launched this month and mailed out to customers as part of the utility’s requirement to identify cross-connections and help prevent backflow or back-siphoning events. The term backflow means any unwanted flow of used or non-potable water or substance from a customer’s piping system into the pure, potable water distribution system. The IEPA requires all Illinois water providers to complete such a survey every two years. All CWLP customers will receive survey information in their May bill insert including where to find the survey online, cwlp.com/survey and how to request a paper copy. All survey respondents, who are CWLP water customers, will be entered into a drawing to win one of ten CWLP drink tumblers.

For additional information about CWLP’s Water Division and water quality, visit https://www.cwlp.com/Departments/WaterDeptHome/WaterHome.aspx. National Drinking Water Week, which is sponsored by the American Water Works Association, is celebrated by water utilities throughout North America to promote the essential role drinking water plays in daily lives.

New Outage Map Available to Customers

CWLP works to minimize service interruptions and have the lights on all the time. When a power outage does occur, however, a new tool if now available to customers to view and track outages online. The new Electric outage map is a vendor application deployed by CWLP Electric Transmission & Distribution staff to allow the public to view and track outages. The map, fielded with data by Electric Operations-Dispatch, allows customers to see area outages in near real-time, see where crews are assigned and confirm whether their address is in an outage or not.
Outage Map

Free Boating Safety Courses

City Water, Light and Power in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Land of Lincoln Power Squadron has scheduled several boating safety and instruction courses to be held at the utility’s Property Management Center at Lake Springfield this spring. As of January 1, 2016, boaters in Illinois born after January 1st, 1998, with some exceptions, must have a valid Boating Safety Certificate from IDNR in order to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower while boating in Illinois. Participants that successfully complete any of these courses will receive this IDNR Boating Safety Certificate.

Land of Lincoln Power Squadron's "Boating ABC-America's Boating Course."
Three courses will be held this spring over four evening sessions at the utility's Property Management Center at 200 E. Lake Shore Drive, located east of the Spaulding Dam Boat Launch

  • Session 1: Monday evenings: March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: Tuesday evenings: April 10, 17, 24 and May 2, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: Thursday evenings: May 10, 17, 24 and 31, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To successfully complete the course and receive their boating safety certificates, participants must attend all four classes of attending session. Registration is available at www.lolps.org. For more information, call 217.891.2870 or email lops.d20@gmail.com.

Melissa Kwedar Safe Boating Clinic
Two courses will be held this spring over two-day sessions on consecutive Saturdays at the utility's Property Management Center at 200 E. Lake Shore Drive, located east of the Spaulding Dam Boat Launch:
  • April 7 and April 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • May 12 and May 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free classes are open to anyone 12 years or older. Course content includes: basic boat knowledge, equipment, navigation, safety on and in the water, emergency measures, and skipper's duties. Pre-register by calling 757-8660, ext. 1003. Space is limited. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants may bring snacks and drinks for breaks.

The Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics originated as a memorial to Melissa Kwedar, a Springfield teen who was killed in boating accident on Lake White near Waverly, Ohio in 1982.

Get Value In Green Energy Purchase Program

Average residential customer can be 100% green for an additional $2 month.

City Water, Light and Power’s Renewable Choice program provides local utility customers with a way to neutralize the environmental impact of their monthly energy usage by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).


For a few extra dollars a month any CWLP customer that chooses to be green can invest in renewable energy sources right through their utility bill. Through this program, customers can purchase certified RECs in 200 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks of renewable resources through their monthly CWLP bill.

CWLP’s generation portfolio includes wind capacity from wind farms in Iowa, currently representing around 18% of our community’s native load. With Renewable Choice CWLP customers who want to be 100% green and exceed the 18% level can do so by purchasing these additional blocks of renewable wind and solar credits.

A 200 kWh block, the minimum purchase for this program, is priced at $0.40. The typical residential CWLP customer uses 800 to 1,000 kWh per month and can, on average, have an account representing 100% renewable investment for an additional $2 per billing cycle. Five 200 kWh blocks is equal to one REC. All purchases will be billed and appear on the customer’s monthly CWLP electric bill. CWLP will send each customer a certificate showing the quantity and a proof of purchase for their RECs annually.

3Degrees, the REC provider for this program attests to the validity of each REC purchased and is audited by an independent third party accounting firm.

This program is not designed to increase CWLP revenue, but to give customers the opportunity to contribute to the growth of renewable energy at a reasonable cost. REC purchases are funded completely by customers via this program, not CWLP.

Signing up to enroll in the program can be done in person or over the phone by contacting the CWLP Energy Services Office at 789-2070 or via RenewableChoice@cwlp.com. The CWLP Energy Experts can assist customers in calculating their monthly average usage if a customer wishes to be 100% green, although the customer may choose to purchase as many or as few blocks as they wish.

Become a Project RELIEF contributor

Each year a number of Springfield families have trouble paying their basic household bills. And things can get even tougher during the winter when home heating costs are added in.

Through Project RELIEF, you can add $1 or more to your monthly CWLP bill to provide payment assistance to families during the winter heating season.

It’s easy. All you have to do is complete the online form. Or you can make a one-time donation of any amount by sending your check or money order to:

Project RELIEF
Fifth Street Renaissance
1315 N. 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

Fifth Street Renaissance is a local social services agency that administers the Project RELIEF program for CWLP.

100% of your contribution will be used to help CWLP customers cover their winter utility costs. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

Who Can Qualify for Project RELIEF?

To qualify for Project RELIEF assistance, you must have: a total household income for the previous 90 days of no more than 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see the table below); applied for help from LIHEAP (535-3120); a past-due CWLP bill; not received Project RELIEF assistance in 2016-2017; and exhausted all other assistance sources. You may also be required to cover a portion of your past-due CWLP bill.

If you would like to participate in CWLP Project RELIEF, the first step in applying to the program is to call 789-2414 on December 1 or soon thereafter. If you meet minimum eligibility requirements, you will be scheduled for an appointment with Fifth Street Renaissance.

Thank You.

More Info: cwlp.customer@cwlp.com or 217.789.2030