In September of 1973, one month before the
Arab oil embargo, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees established
the Energy Resources Center (ERC) at the University of Illinois
at Chicago (UIC) "for the purpose of studying and offering
advice on the overall energy problem in the State of Illinois."
To achieve this objective, the ERC has carried
out a multifaceted research and public service program over the
past three decades. The Center has worked on a broad spectrum of
initiatives, ranging from industrial and commercial, to residential,
economics, power generation, and energy procurement projects. Current
projects include the Illinois Residential Energy Project, EnergyWise
Homes of Illinois, the Chicagoland Arts & Sciences Consortium
(CLASEC), the Chicago Industrial Energy Plan Project, the USDOE
Industrial Assessment Center, and the CHP Midwest Application Center.
Over the nearly 30 years since its inception,
the staff of the ERC has had the privilege of serving on numerous
city, state, and regional advisory councils, panels, boards, and
committees. Such public service activities represent one of the
approaches taken by the Center to fulfill its mandate.
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