NAL receives energy award


North American Lighting, Inc. (NAL) was awarded $1,000 as the Energy Savings Project Winner in the first-ever Ameren Illinois Energy Innovators competition. Ameren hosted an award reception at the end of 2018 to announce the winners of each division and the Energy Innovator of the Year.

To be considered, projects or programs had to take place between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

Organizations were eligible to receive an award in one of three categories:

• Energy Savings Projects – Energy efficiency projects that generated significant energy savings relative to the facility or business’s overall usage.

• Innovative Projects – Energy efficiency projects that in some way utilized new or innovative technology.

• Community Benefit – Projects or programs that increased energy efficiency engagement in underserved communities, created jobs or training opportunities in the energy efficiency industry, or helped to expand or launch new energy efficiency businesses.

The top organization in each category received $1,000. One overall winner received $10,000 towards an energy efficiency project.

NAL’s $1,000 award will be applied to continued energy savings efforts in 2019 pertaining to lighting and air leak reduction.

“North American Lighting appreciates the programs and incentives Ameren offers to its customers striving to save energy throughout the year,” said NAL’s Manufacturing Services Manager Michael Westerfield. “We are proud of our Energy Savings Project that helped reduce CO2 emissions by 900 tons and would like to thank Ameren Illinois for putting programs in place to help make this possible.”

NAL’s Energy Savings Project sequenced air compressors at its Paris manufacturing plant to unify the communication between five compressors.

North American Lighting, Inc., member of the Koito Group of Companies, is the largest automotive lighting manufacturer in North America and has been manufacturing since 1983. NAL is a pioneer in vehicular lighting from LEDs to adaptive driving beams, and is now pursuing the latest technology in autonomous driving. NAL’s nine facilities in North America combined with the global network of Koito Group Companies, uniquely positions the company to meet increasing global demands for safe, energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and intelligent automotive lighting systems. For more information, visit

Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers in Illinois. Ameren Illinois’ Energy Efficiency program is ranked in the top 15 nationally by ACEEE, a leading energy efficiency organization. Since its inception in 2009, Ameren Illinois’ Energy Efficiency Program has helped customers reduce their energy usage by nearly 12 million megawatt-hours and save $781 million.