Energy & Recycling

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 Office invites you to explore its recently completed Illinois Energy Roadmap.

The Roadmap is the culmination of a two-year project to examine how the State can maximize the economic and job creating benefits that can be gained from energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as meet potential environmental requirements and maintain regional grid stability.  The project was a collaborative partnership between U.S. Department of Energy, DCEO, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Pollution Control Board, Illinois Power Agency, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Critical to this process has also been robust engagement from the State’s stakeholder community. 

Illinois Energy Now Illinois Energy Now program is now closed.

 As a result of recent legislation passed by the General Assembly (Public Act 099-0906), the state’s investor owned electric and gas utilities will now be the administrator of energy efficiency programs for the public sector, low income customers, and market transformation. The hand-off from the Department to the utilities will be effective June 1, 2017.

Please note, the Department will not be accepting applications for new projects on or after that date, but the Department will continue to pay out existing projects and wrap up programs after May 31st. 

We encourage our customers to reach out to their local utility, establish a relationship with them, and begin to take advantage of their program offerings for future projects. 

To contact your utility with energy efficiency program, incentive and rebate questions, please use the following contact information:

Thank you to all the customers who participated in Department energy efficiency programs.  Over the years, their passion, drive, and creativity have been key to helping the State reach its energy savings and economic development goals.   Thank you also to the program partners and trade allies, who have assisted the Department in innumerable ways and helped to provide some of the most robust energy efficiency programs in the nation.  Collectively, the State’s energy efficiency programs have demonstrated the tremendous economic and environmental benefits that energy efficiency can have in Illinois, and we look forward to this next stage in Illinois’ energy programs.