Wednesday, March, 29 | 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Session: D1: Energy Equity and Sustainability | Track D: Resiliency and Reliability- Adapting to Climate Trends

Lance Escue

Leidos | Implementation Portfolio Director

Presentation Title:

Bringing Energy Efficiency to Underserved Communities


In partnership with implementation partner Leidos, the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program donated $175,000 to the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation (JJK Foundation) in East St. Louis to purchase an electric shuttle bus and charging station. The JJK Foundation currently provides transportation services to roughly 75% of their participating students with an aging transportation fleet, most of which are living in underserved and diverse communities with limited transportation access. This electric shuttle bus will provide a sustainable method of transportation for students for the foreseeable future. This will be the first electric vehicle charger at a community-serving institution in the East St. Louis area. The use of EV vehicles in underserved communities not only helps reduce carbon emissions, but it also helps to educate at-risk youth about the benefits of energy efficiency in everyday life and how they can make an impact for the future.


Lance Escue is an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Director with Leidos Engineering, LLC. Lance is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, and Certified Demand Side Manager and has served as the Implementation Program Manager for the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program since its inception in 2008. Lance holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served ten years in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program, primarily stationed on east coast based ballistic missile submarines. Lance has nearly thirty years of experience in the energy and facilities engineering field and currently operates out of Ameren Illinois office in Peoria, IL.

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