Electric utility Ameren Illinois is being criticized for backing away from energy efficiency goals agreed to late last year.
The company negotiated targets in the Future Energy Jobs Act — but now says it cannot meet them cost-effectively.
Ameren convinced state regulators to let it modify the goals.
Catherine Hicks, with the Environmental Defense Fund, says that will hurt Ameren customers.
“Fewer customers will get hope lowering their energy bills, and those customers who do will be saving less."
She says by contrast, Chicago-based utility ComEd is meeting even tougher targets.
The Environmental Defense Fund says it will ask the Illinois Commerce Commission to reconsider its decision.
In a statement, Ameren says it “remains committed” to reaching its final goal in the year 20-25. It also says its plan will still result in customer cost decreases.