The Illinois Energy Office creates jobs and stimulates economic development in Illinois through programs and policies that spur investment in Illinois' Green Economy. These programs and policies benefit our economy, improve our environment and increase our energy independence.
In addition, the Office will continue to promote the leadership of the State of Illinois, through its own energy and recycling policies and practices, at state facilities. Individually tailored programs are available to assist Illinois citizens, communities, non-profit organizations, businesses, industry, and other government agencies in an effort to achieve the Office's mission.
Illinois Home Performance
Illinois Home Performance is a statewide DCEO program dealing with energy efficient retrofits to existing residential structures.
Click here for a summary of Office of Energy and Recycling programs.
September 26, 2013 - Clean Water Energy Efficiency Initiative Accepting Applications.
In response to the Federal and State Clean Water Initiatives, DCEO through the Energy Efficiency Program is offering a Clean Water Energy Efficiency Initiative Addendum to entice facilities to invest in newer energy efficient technology in the process of updating their current facilities. By leveraging funding from the Illinois EPA and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, DCEO hopes to spur development of energy efficient clean water systems in Illinois.
September 16, 2013 – Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program now accepting applications.
DCEO is accepting applications for the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program. Eligible applicants include homeowners, businesses, and public sector and non-profit entities who are customers of an electric or gas utility that impose the Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge (see list of utilities in rebate application). We have changed the system for considering rebate applications from first come first serve to random selection (Section 3.1 of new guidelines). Applications will be assigned a number as they are received, and we will have a pre-selected list of random numbers that we will use as the order we will consider applications. Click here
for the program guidelines and application. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 PM (CDT) October 31, 2013.
September 16, 2013 – Large Distributed Solar and Wind Energy Program now accepting applications.
DCEO is currently soliciting applications through a competitive Request for Application process for larger-scale solar and wind energy systems. Eligible applicants include businesses, and public sector and non-profit entities. Click here
for the program guidelines and application. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 PM (CDT) Novermber 7, 2013.
September 1, 2013 – Applications for designation as a Self-Directing Customer or Exempt Customer under the Natural Gas Efficiency Programs are now available as required under Public Act 098-0225
. Under Public Act 098-0225, customers of a natural gas utility that have a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code number beginning with 31, 32, or 33 that have not been previously approved as a Self-Direct or Exempt customer, and have an annual usage of natural gas in the aggregate of i) 4 million therms or more within a particular natural gas service territory or ii) 8 million therms or more in the state, may apply to become a Self-Directing Customer or Exempt Customer. If a designation is granted by the Department, the designation will be effective December 1, 2013 and will retain this status for all subsequent 3-year planning periods. Click here
for the program application Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2013.
DCEO is currently soliciting applications for larger-scale natural gas efficiency projects. Eligible applicants are public entities including local, state and federal agencies, public hospitals, public colleges and universities located in natural gas service areas of Ameren Illinois, Nicor, North Shore or Peoples. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2013 and projects must be completed by May 31, 2014.
May 13, 2013 – The Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program Guidelines and Application for the 2013-2014 program year has been released. The Program year begins June 1, 2013, and application will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. April 15, 2014. Eligible projects must be located in the Illinois electric service territories of Commonwealth Edison or Ameren Illinois or the Illinois natural gas service territories of Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, or North Shore Gas. Click here for the program application or for further information.
March 28, 2013 - Illinois Energy Office Notice: The Illinois Energy Office is pleased to announce that The Illinois Residential Retrofit Energy Efficiency Program Guidelines and Application has been released. For program year 2013-2014 the Residential Retrofit Program will fund projects to Illinois based low income weatherization or low income home improvement program applicants to fund projects that install energy efficiency measures in existing residential buildings to leverage existing programs and to reduce the overall energy use in these low income residential units. The objective is to assist the State Energy Office in meeting its Energy Efficiency Portfolio goals. Detailed applications are due at the DCEO Illinois Energy Office by 4:30 pm CDT on Monday April 29, 2013.
March 4, 2013 – DCEO is currently soliciting applications through a competitive Request for Application process for larger-scale solar and wind energy systems. Eligible applicants include businesses, and public sector and non-profit entities. Please download the program guidelines and application at - DCEO Community Solar and Wind Grant Program Guidelines and Application Form. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 PM (CDT) April 8, 2013.
February 26, 2013 – DCEO presents the new Double-Up Natural Gas Bonus. This incentive doubles all natural gas incentives in the Standard and Custom Programs. Final Application, reflecting the measures and equipment actually installed, must be submitted within 45 days of project completion and no later than May 15, 2013. For more information regarding this incentive, please click here.
February 6, 2013 – Public Sector Energy Efficiency Key Accounts/Aggregation Program Guidelines and Application have been released. For program year 2013-2014, Aggregators may design an aggregation program that targets one or more public sector entities located in the service territories of ComEd (electric), Ameren Illinois (electric and natural gas), Nicor Gas (natural gas), Peoples Gas (natural gas), and North Shore Gas (natural gas). Public Sector entities include municipalities, municipal corporations, local governments, K – 12 schools, community colleges, public colleges and universities, state facilities, and federal facilities. The overall objective of the Aggregation Program is to assist these public sectors in taking advantage of energy efficiency opportunities and to help meet statewide energy efficiency goals. Detailed applications are due at the DCEO office by 4:30 pm CDT on Friday, March 22, 2013.
February 6, 2013 – Building Industry Training & Education(BITE) Program Guidelines and Application have been released. For program year 2013-2014 the BITE program will fund projects that provide statewide, regional, or sector-based capacity building through outreach, education, training, and application assistance to entities within the service territories of the following utilities: ComEd (electric), Ameren Illinois (electric and natural gas), Nicor Gas (natural gas), Peoples Gas (natural gas), and North Shore Gas (natural gas). The objective is to assist the State Energy Office in meeting its Energy Efficiency Portfolio goals. Detailed applications are due at the DCEO office by 4:30 pm CDT on Friday, March 22, 2013.
DCEO presents 2013 Trade Ally Show February 20, 2013 from 7:45am to 3:30pm in Rosemont, IL. Public and Private Sector members strongly encouraged to attend! For energy efficiency vendors who want to become a DCEO Trade Ally please visit the Trade Ally website.
October 5, 2012 – Applications for designation as a Self-Directing Customer or Exempt Customer under the Natural Gas Efficiency Programs are now available for the next three year planning period. Under the Natural Gas Efficiency Programs created by Section 8-104 of the Public Utilities Act (220 ILCS 5/8-104), customers of a natural gas utility that have a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code number beginning with 31, 32, or 33 and have an annual usage of natural gas in the aggregate of i) 4 million therms or more within a particular natural gas service territory or ii) 8 million therms or more in the state, may apply to become a Self-Directing Customer or Exempt Customer. Applications for existing natural gas customers seeking to be designated by the Department as a Self-Directing Customer (SDC) or as an Exempt Customer for the next 3-year planning period are due on or before January 7, 2013. If a designation is granted by the Department, the designation will be effective June 1, 2014. Existing designated SDC or Exempt Customers do not need to reapply for the next three year cycle. A new customer that commences taking service from a natural gas utility after February 1, 2010 may apply for designation as a SDC or an Exempt Customer up to 30 days after beginning service. If an application for a new customer is not filed within the 30 day period, the customer may apply during the open application period for the next three year planning period. Click here for the program application.
Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program
Program areas include the following:
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the $787 billion economic stimulus bill known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Act includes substantial investment in Energy Initiatives. DCEO’s Office of Energy and Recycling is charged with implementing these provisions in order to create jobs, stimulate the economy, improve the environment and further our Nation toward energy independence.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS
Energy efficiency investments in Illinois’ economy brings strong and diverse benefits, including protecting consumers and businesses from higher energy prices, improving electric reliability by reducing congestion on the electricity grid, supporting the retention of manufacturing jobs by reducing manufacturing energy costs and supporting the manufacture of new high-efficiency products, hedging risk against fuel price volatility, supporting public health and the environmental quality by reducing energy waste, and helping to keep Illinois’ energy dollars in the local economy.
Illinois Energy Assurance Plan The State of Illinois Energy Assurance Plan (IEAP) was developed in cooperation with the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of the IEAP is to provide guidance to state agencies, private sectors and local governments on how the state will prepare, monitor, respond to, and recover from disruptions in energy supply and delivery.
RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS
Illinois boasts significant potential for renewable power and heating: wind, solar, and biogas offer both economic and environmental benefits. Wind energy costs have fallen significantly, and modern wind farms provide both stable income for farmers and significant property tax revenues for local governments. Biogas facilities allow livestock owners to transform wastes from pollution into clean energy, and solar thermal technologies offer an increasingly cost-effective alternative to volatile natural gas prices. Illinois strongly supports the development of these resources.
Home-grown fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel reduce Illinois' dependence on foreign oil, keep energy dollars in the local economy, support local corn and soybean prices, and make a cleaner and healthier environment for Illinois. Illinois is the nation's largest ethanol producer, and is working hard to maintain leadership in biofuels technology development and production.
Every year, recycling in Illinois diverts over 9.1 million tons of useful materials from landfills and saves enough energy to heat and light 578,000 homes. Recycling paper in Illinois saves 53.3 million trees alone. Recycling material versus land-filling creates up to 10 times as many jobs, saves energy and generates cost-effective materials that are cycled back into the economic mainstream as manufacturing feedstock. Illinois is proud of its performance in advancing recycling and best practices in solid waste management, while creating and retaining jobs for Illinois citizens.
Illinois has provided early leadership in supporting the adoption and use of electric vehicles (EVs). The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) offers rebates toward EV purchases; the Illinois General Assembly appropriated up to $10 million in capital funding for the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to award EV manufacturing and infrastructure grants and loans; and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) launched a Plug‐in Electric Vehicle Initiative (PEV Initiative) to explore regulatory issues related to EV deployment.