Check the websites below often for special offers and bonuses.
Public sector customers are eligible for incentives through the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Illinois Energy Now program. Energy efficiency incentives for the public sector are available only to customers of ComEd (electric), Ameren Illinois (gas and electric), Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas.
FREE HELP is available! SEDAC staff can provide assistance
with applications. Or contact one of the other free DCEO
• Contractors from DCEO’s Trade Ally program
• Illinois Association of County Board Members
Contact Carol Kulek at email@example.com
• Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Contact Mike Stanch at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Shelton Solutions Inc. - Public Schools
Contact Kelly Shelton at email@example.com
Smart phone app to help calculate DCEO incentives for
public sector is available from SEDAC partner, 360EG.Public sector clients and their trade allies can use an App from SEDAC partners 360EG as a reference in the calculation of incentives. Download the Free app for Android and Apple IOS
DCEO is the lead agency charged with growing the state’s economy. DCEO Illinois Energy Now Public Sector Energy Efficiency program is designed for participants to achieve targeted annual energy savings goals.
These programs are offered to the public sector in ComEd and Ameren Illinois electric service territories: Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas or North Shore Gas natural gas service areas. Public sector participants can be from federal, state, and local government units, including county, township, and municipal offices, as well as public safety, water and park districts, and public schools, community colleges, public universities, and colleges.
DCEO Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) programs provide incentives for facilities at local, state, and federal government, public schools, community colleges, public universities, and colleges. ComEd and Ameren Illinois have similar programs which are offered to residential, commercial, non-profit, and industrial sectors.
For more information, visit www.ilenergynow.org.
The Standard Incentive Program provides set incentive levels for common retrofits for Lighting, HVAC, Water Heaters, Motors, Variable Frequency Drives and Kitchen Equipment. The Custom Incentive Program provides incentives for energy efficiency improvements not listed in the Standard Incentive Program.
Both the Standard and Custom Incentive Programs are focused on offsetting the costs of improvements that require capital investment in new equipment.
For T-8 Fluorescent lamp retrofits, the lamps and ballast must be listed in the CEE (Consortium for Energy Efficiency) High Performance T-8 Qualifying Lamps and Ballasts or Reduced Wattage T-8 Qualifying Lamps and Ballasts lists.
DCEO contact: 1-800-785-6055, firstname.lastname@example.org
The NC program provides design assistance and grants to public sector entities to encourage applicants to design new or rehab buildings to achieve the greatest level of energy efficiency.
SEDAC will provide consultation to assist the owner and design team in establishing and reaching energy efficiency goals. This work will also include identifying energy incentives, which may be available for the building. Use the standard application from "Standard and Custom Incentive Programs" above to apply for design assistance.
DCEO offers $0.80/kWh and $1.00/therm custom incentives for facility design improvements beyond code or varying levels of assistance per prescriptive measure. For custom incentives, estimated electricity and gas savings must be documented by energy modeling and/or supporting calculations. All projects must fill out an application and provide construction documents and other supporting information as specified in the application. This program is part of the Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio and is limited to ComEd and Ameren Illinois electric service territories; Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas or North Shore Gas natural gas service areas. The Public Sector New Construction Program is managed by the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC).
DCEO contact: Tom Coe, 217-785-2433, email@example.com
Provides funding to identify and implement low cost tune-ups and adjustments that improve the efficiency of operating systems in existing public buildings by returning them to intended operation or design specifications, with a focus on building controls and HVAC systems.
Retro-commissioning services are delivered through a network of commissioning providers that have been trained in program protocols and participation processes. This program is part of the Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio and is limited to ComEd and Ameren Illinois electric service territories; Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas or North Shore Gas natural gas service areas.
DCEO contact: Tom Coe, 217-785-2433, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Boiler Tune-Up Program provides cash incentives for projects that increase the natural gas efficiency of local governments, municipal corporations, public school districts, community college districts, public universities, and state/federal facilities located in the service territories of Ameren Illinois (“Ameren”), Nicor Gas (“Nicor”), Peoples Gas (“Peoples”), and/or North Shore Gas (“North Shore”).
The Boiler Tune-Up Program encourages the owners of natural gas boilers to invest in a Boiler Tune-Up conducted by a qualified contractor. The Boiler Tune-Up should result, on average, in up to 6 percent efficiency gain in the operation of the boiler resulting in payback periods in most cases of less than six months. The program provides the following incentives for increasing the natural gas efficiency within the boiler and distribution system:
contact: Brian Katamay, 312-355-2019, boiler@uic
DCEO offers the Efficient Living Illinois Public Housing Authority Energy Program.
The Illinois Lights for Learning Fundraiser is a unique educational opportunity for Illinois students to earn money for their school or organization by selling money saving, energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs).
Participating schools keep 50% of the proceeds and presentations are provided to educate students and their community about the environmental and financial benefits of using CFLs. The program is administered for Illinois by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
Contact: MEEA http://www.mwalliance.org/programs/lights-learning
Under this Program, grants are provided to Illinois-based, non-profit and for-profit housing developers to encourage energy efficient building practices in the rehab or new construction of affordable housing units.
Average energy savings range from 50% to 75%.
Energy efficient building practices required by DCEO under the Program are:
R-21 blown insulation in sidewalls
R-44 attic insulation
R-10 foundation insulation
High efficiency, sealed combustion furnace or boiler
Sealed combustion water heater
Exhaust ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens
Goals of the Program include:
Demonstrate the impact of energy efficiency in creating and maintaining affordable housing
Show that lower housing costs can be achieved with energy efficiency
Treat the house as a system, focusing on energy efficiency, indoor air quality and occupant comfort
Identify and maximize the cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities present in rehab and new construction
Educate developers, architects and builders of diverse energy efficient building measures and “green” building products to encourage their use on other non-funded DCEO projects
DCEO contact: Don Falls, 217-785-1997, email@example.com
Energy efficiency incentives for private sector are available to customers of ComEd (electric) through Smart Ideas, Ameren Illinois (gas and electric) through ActOnEnergy, Nicor Gas (gas), North Shore (gas), or Peoples Gas (gas). Eligible business customers apply for Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) money directly through your subscribed utility delivery provider.
Learn more about your eligibility for specific incentives by consulting your utility delivery company. Information and links to major providers are provided below.
Ameren delivers gas to approximately 840,000 customers, as well as electricity to 1.2 million residences and businesses in Illinois.
Questions about the ActOnEnergy program?
Go to Business Program FAQ or
Phone: (866) 800-0747.
Nicor Gas serves over 2 million customers and is the largest natural gas distributor in northern Illinois.
The following energy delivery companies do not participate in DCEO EEPS, however they each offer energy incentives to eligible customers.
Illinois Customers who are not eligible for SEDAC services may find incentives from IMEA, MidAmerican Energy, Springfield CWLP, or ICECF.
Financial incentives are available for both public sector and private sector facilities. Public sector buildings may be eligible for incentives through the DCEO Public Sector Incentives program, while private sector buildings are covered by programs offered by their electric and natural gas utility delivery providers.
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
This foundation provides incentives and grants for public sector projects for a variety of programs. Programs and due dates change often and should be reviewed regularly. Current programs include lighting, commissioning for LEED projects, and solar schools.