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  • Energy Cooperative

    Chamber business partners, as well as silver and gold chamber members, can take full advantage of the cost reducing energy co-op program. Bronze members can also take advantage of the energy co-op program at a reduced discount rate of about 6%, compared to higher memberships that receive over double that with a discount rate of about 14%. CQI Associates have leveraged the combined purchasing power of over 100 Decatur chamber member businesses, along with several hundred Illinois chamber businesses, to negotiate reduced and more affordable energy rates to help bring down business costs, and provide budget stability with a fixed energy rate.


    Businesses that currently take advantage of the energy co-op have collectively saved $282,635 on their annual energy costs. Participation in the energy co-op means that you join the growing number of businesses that receive an over 16% annual reduction in costs. On average, co-op members each save $2,770 a year with the energy co-op program. This savings alone more than pays for your membership with the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce and leaves you with extra money at the end of the year. The savings from just the energy co-op alone is nearly five times the amount paid for a silver membership with the chamber. This program provides significant savings for members with restaurants averaging $2,000+ per year saved.


    "We encourage customers to explore other electric supply alternatives just as the Decatur Chamber and other local businesses in Decatur have done. For many business customers, switching electric suppliers may provide relevant cost savings." - Stacey Young, Spokesperson for Ameren Illinois

    "Significant savings are evident since we have been part of the chamber's electric co-op." - Lane Ransdell, First Christian Church

    "We have saved over $10,000 on an annual basis since joining the electric co-op." - Jeff Ingle, General Manager, The Decatur Club

    "We want to thank the chamber and CQI for sincere dedication to be of service to your clients. We signed up with the chamber of commerce with the desire to become a part of the energy co-op and have saved many dollars on our utilities." - Reverend Donald Horath, Hillside Bethel Ministries

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the benefit of joining a purchasing cooperative rather than going directly to a third-party supplier? Every time a member joins the Commercial Energy Purchasing Cooperative it increases consumer purchasing power that results in giving us (the consumer), individually and as a whole, the power of purchasing electric and natural gas at more affordable, consistent rates and at prices lower than what is available to the individual business.

    Who is CQI Associates? CQI Associates, LLC is an Illinois licensed and bonded energy management and procurement firm which has been in business for over 20 years aiding commercial and residential customers nationwide. CQI is the energy expert.