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The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Illinois Energy Now is a portfolio of electric and natural gas efficiency programs administered by the State that includes incentives and services for public sector equipment upgrades, low income housing improvements, and for market transformation technical assistance and education programs.

Rebate program applications are linked below and listed on the ENERGY & RECYCLING page.

Available Energy Efficiency Events, Workshops and Trainings can be found in the Illinois Energy Now Calendar link in the menu on the right side.

We encourage you to sign up to receive the Illinois Energy Now monthly newsletter via email, by submitting your name and email address to: Illinois.energy@illinois.gov.

IL ENERGY NOW Promotions

2016-2017 IL ENERGY NOW Standard and Custom Incentive Program:
The Department has extended the date that new applications will now be accepted through April 14, 2017. Projects must be completed and Final Applications must be submitted by May 8, 2017.

 

The 2016-2017 IL ENERGY NOW Standard and Custom Incentive Program Application was revised and posted 01/31/17.

 

1) 15% GreenSpring Bonus for all new Standard and Custom Incentive Program Applications submitted to the Department and received on January 30, 2017, or later

  • Projects in the following utility areas only are eligible for this bonus: Ameren Electric, Nicor, North Shore and Peoples Gas.
  • GreenSpring Bonus Cap of $50,000.
  • GreenSpring Bonuses will be applied as funds are available.
  • The following types of projects are excluded from this GreenSpring Bonus: LED Streetlights, HINGE, Key Accounts, New Construction, Aggregation.

 2) No Standard and Custom Incentive Program Maximum: Waive $300,000 project cap for all facilities, if possible, break up large projects into multiple applications not to exceed $150,000 each

 
3) State and Federal facilities: Standard and Custom Incentive Programs have lifted the incentive cap from 75% of the Total Project Cost to 100% of the Total Project Cost

  • Incentive is still based on the Standard and Custom Incentive up to 100% of the Total Project Cost. 
  • Total Project Cost = Equipment + Labor. 
  • Applies to all new applications received from State and Federal facilities after Dec. 1, 2016. 

4) New Public Schools: Standard and Custom Incentive Programs are lifting the incentive cap from 75% of the Total Project Cost to 100% of the Total Project Cost

  • Incentive is still based on the Standard and Custom Incentive up to 100% of the Total Project Cost.
  • Total Project Cost = Equipment + Labor.
  • New Public Schools are public or charter school buildings that have never participated in the Standard and Custom Incentive Program.If you are unsure whether your school building has previously participated in the Standard or Custom Program, please contact Lisa Teubner at Illinois.energy@illinois.gov  or  217.785.7440.  
  • Applies to all new applications received from new public and new charter schools after Dec. 1, 2016. 

5) All LED Streetlight upgrades are now $0.30 kWh

  • Streetlights must be owned by the public sector entity.
  • The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity will apply the LED Streetlight incentive of $0.30/kWh.
  • kWh savings based on 4903 hours per year and reduced watts from the Standard Incentive Program application.
  • LED Streetlights are defined as a light illuminating a street or road, typically mounted on a tall pole.  This does not include parking lot lights. 
  • LED fixture must be listed at Design Lights Consortium, https://www.designlights.org 
  • The LED Streetlight promotion is instead of the incentive normally offered at $0.70/Watt, not in addition to.
  • Promotion is available through the Standard Incentive Program application at: https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/whyillinois/TargetIndustries/Energy/Pages/EnergyEfficiencyForms.aspx
  • Program implementers are providing full service programs to support LED Streetlights:
    i. Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, http://mayorscaucus.org/initiatives/environment/psee/, 312.201.4506.
    ii. Elevate Energy, 773.439.1136.

6)  Public and Charter Schools: Free Boiler Tune-ups

  • Projects in the following utility areas only are eligible for this bonus: Nicor and Peoples Gas.
  • 75% incentive cap removed for Boiler Tune-Ups in Public Schools.
  • Projects that combine multiple Boiler System Efficiency Projects are still eligible, though only the Boiler Tune-Up measure may exceed the incentive cap.
  • Boiler output must be greater than 200,000 Btuh and must be heated via natural gas.
  • School hasn't received an IL ENERGY NOW rebate for Boiler Tune-Up in the last 36 months.
  • Contact Marcello Pibiri, mpibir2@ic.edu or 312.355.3823

7)  Increased Custom Incentive for large natural gas projects: HINGE

  • HINGE Incentive of $3.50 per therm for custom projects that save over 50,000 therms per year and less than 100,000 therms per year per building.
  • HINGE Incentive of $4.50 per therm for custom projects that save over 100,000 therms per year per building.
  • Not for any projects eligible under the Standard Incentive program.

Why Apply?
Eligible organizations can save money in short-term and long-term. 

  • Short-term savings: Potential reimbursement for up to 75 percent of energy improvement costs
  • Long-term savings : Reduced cost of future utility bills 

Who Qualifies?
All Illinois public facilities located within Ameren Illinois and ComEd electrical service areas or Ameren Illinois, Nicor, North Shore or Peoples natural gas areas are eligible to take advantage of Illinois Energy Now. Examples of public facilities include: 

  • Local governments including municipalities, townships, and county facilities.
  • Special units of local governments including library and park districts, public safety, water reclamation districts, and airport authorities.
  • Public schools including K-12, community colleges and public universities.
  • State and federal agencies including corrections facilities and military bases. 
Illinois Energy Now funding is for Public Sector and Low Income entities only and is separate from funding provided through similar programs with utility companies for businesses, 501c3s and private schools. If you are not a public sector or low income organization, please check with your utility provider to see what energy efficiency programs may be available for you.
 
What types of projects are eligible? 
Potential upgrades to electric and natural gas systems include but are not limited to: 
  • Lighting Equipment
  • HVAC Equipment
  • Gas Equipment
  • Variable Speed Drives
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Waste Water Treatment Aeration Systems 
How do I apply? 
  • Step 1: Download program guidelines and application forms
  • Step 2: Complete application and submit to Illinois.energy@illinois.gov
  • Step 3: Illinois Energy Now reviews application, gives notice to proceed and confirms rebate amount
  • Step 4: Upgrade qualifying electric and gas equipment
  • Step 5: Submit a final certification with work completed and costs
  • Step 6: Illinois Energy Now reviews final certification and processes rebate 
Where can I find more information on specific programs related to Illinois Energy Now programs for public facilities? 
  1. Standard, Custom, and Clean Water Incentive Programs
  2. New Construction Program
  3. Retro-commissioning Program
  4. Public Sector Program Support (Key Account, Aggregation, HINGE)
  5. Natural Gas Boiler System Efficiency Program
  6. Combined Heat and Power Pilot Program
  7. Trade Ally Program 
Where can I find more information on other Illinois Energy Now services? 
  1. Illinois Energy Conservation Code for Commercial and Residential Buildings
  2. Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
  3. Smart Energy Design Assistance - The Department of Commerce partners with the University of Illinois in order to provide technical assistance services to businesses, federal, state and local government, public schools, community colleges, public universities and colleges to assist clients who are considering energy efficiency improvements at existing facilities or to enhance baseline design of new facilities.
  4. Energy Performance Contracting Program - an innovative arrangement for designing, installing and financing energy improvement projects where the savings achieved by the project are guaranteed to amortize the cost of the project over the term of the agreement.
  5. Lights for Learning Program - A BRIGHT IDEA! - The Lights for Learning Program provides free K-12 educator resources to build an engaging lesson that stimulates student awareness of energy efficiency and inspire students to take action.
  6. Building Operator Certification - (BOC) is a nationally recognized training and certification program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures. Facilities with BOC graduates are proven to save energy, have lower energy bills, and offer improved comfort for occupants.
  7. Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) 

Where can I find more information on Low Income Energy Efficiency programs related to Illinois Energy Now? 

  1. Public Housing Authority: Efficient Living - provides grants to Illinois Public Housing Authorities to upgrade and/or include energy efficient building practices in their buildings. 
  2. Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program - provides grants to Illinois based non-profit and for-profit housing developers to include energy efficient building practices in the rehab or new construction of affordable housing units. Average energy savings range from 50% to 75%. 
  3. Residential Retrofit Energy Efficiency Program - The Residential Retrofit Energy Efficiency Program funds entities that administer low income weatherization programs or other low income home improvement programs to support implementation of energy efficient measures in existing low income housing. You can get more information about these partners: Elevate Energy and Historic Chicago Bungalow from their websites.
  4. ILLINOIS ENERGY NOW 2016-2017 Low Income Update presentation from webinar presented 9/22/16 by Jordan Berman-Cutler, Deirdre Coughlin, Sally Agnew and Rick Fiddyment
What if I don’t qualify for Illinois Energy Now but I’m interested in a similar incentive? 
Residential, commercial, industrial and non-profit organizations are eligible for energy efficiency incentives from their participating utility provider: 

Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) members are eligible for the   

Where can I find more information on the background of Illinois energy incentives?