Featured Articles

  1. Article number 1 - Illinois Energy Now
  2. Article number 2 - Wind Energy
  3. Article number 3 - Solar Energy
  4. Article number 4 - Energy Efficiency
  5. Article number 5 - Electric Vehicles
  6. Article number 6 - Recycling
  •  Illinois Energy Now

    The Illinois Energy Now Program is an energy efficiency program that provides millions of dollars in rebates to public facilities that make energy efficiency improvements to their electric and natural gas systems.

  •  Wind Energy

    Wind energy in Illinois increases the nation’s domestic energy supply. Illinois is currently ranked sixteenth in terms of wind potential in the U. S. with 61 billion potential kWhs annually.

  •  Solar Energy

    Expanding investment in renewable energy is one way to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.  The cost of installing a solar power system is decreasing and becoming more affordable for customers.

  •  Energy Efficiency

    Illinois Energy Now has millions of dollars for electric and natural gas energy efficiency for the public sector.  The Illinois Public Utilities provide similar incentives for business owners and residential customers.

  •  Electric Vehicles

    As gasoline and other natural fuels become more expensive, more people are looking to buy electric cars.  Electric cars use advanced storage batteries to power the electric motor.

  •  Recycling

    Recycling not only saves significant energy, but it also creates 6-10 times as many jobs as landfilling the same amount of material.


Energy & Recycling

NOTE: Many of the Office of Energy and Recycling programs are currently closed and are not accepting applications. When funding is available, it will be announced on the Program Announcements Section below.

The Illinois Office of Energy & Recycling supports economic development and job creation through a variety of programs and services in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling, and alternative transportation. Programs demonstrate that economic development, sustainable energy, recycling practices, and environmental protection go hand in hand.

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 Offices’ mission. In addition, the Office continues to promote the leadership of the State of Illinois, through its own energy and recycling policies and practices at state facilities.


Program Announcements

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity is now accepting applications for:

2015-2016 Public Sector Energy Efficiency Standard, Custom and Clean Water Incentive Program
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  No new Applications will be accepted after April 1, 2016.  Final Certifications must be submitted by May 9, 2016.  The Department can accept and review applications but will not able to award funding or issue Notices to Proceed until a State budget is finalized.  (A Notice to Proceed means that the Department has approved the application and reserved funding for the project.)

2015-2016 Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  No new Applications will be accepted after April 15, 2016.  The Department can accept and review applications but will not able to execute/modify grants until a State budget is finalized. 

Application for Designation as a Self-Directing Customer or Exempt Customer Under Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Programs.
Applications will be accepted through January 11, 2016 at 4:30pm.
This application is for companies interested in participating in the program at the beginning of the next three-year cycle (June 1, 2017). The program is available to large natural gas users who have an NAICS code beginning with 31, 32, or 33. A Self-Direct Customer (SDC) forgoes the energy efficiency surcharge and creates and maintains an energy efficiency reserve account. The Self-Direct Customer must place 2% of their annual natural gas cost in a reserve account each year (maximum required is $150,000 per year) and must use these funds to implement natural gas energy efficiency projects.