FUNDING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

A 2007 Illinois bill created the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS), which created a substantial budget for programs and incentives to reduce electrical energy usage and demand for customers of investor-owned electric utilities (ComEd and Ameren Illinois). The investor-owned gas utilities (Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas) were added to the program in 2011. The first three buttons on the left summarize incentive programs available to customers of the investor-owned utilities.

Some other utility providers also have energy efficiency incentive programs. See the button on the right.

Information about other funding programs is included in each section as applicable.

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is another good, comprehensive resource for funding information, including residential programs.

ILLINOIS ENERGY NOW PROMOTIONS

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Illinois Energy Now Incentives at a Glance

Incentives at a Glance

 

Incentives for customers of investor-owned utility providers (EEPS)
Incentives for customers of other utility providers
Public Entity
Private Entity
Non Profit Entity
Non-EEPS Entity

Public

Click the program names below to see more details.

Illinois Energy Now
ILLINOIS ENERGY NOW Standard and Custom Incentive Program

The primary source of energy efficiency incentives for public sector entities.

Illinois Energy Now
Public Sector New Construction Incentive Program

Incentives for new buildings and major renovations in the public sector.

Illinois Energy Now
DCEO Public Sector Retro-commissioning (RCx) Program

A program for tuning existing controls systems in large public sector buildings.

Illinois Energy Now
Boiler System Efficiency Program

A program for public sector boiler maintenance. Also includes incentives for pipe insulation and steam trap repairs.

Illinois Energy Now
Combined Heat and Power Pilot Program

A program for design, construction, and initial production of combined heat and power (CHP) systems.

Efficient Living Illinois
Public Housing Authority (PHA) Efficient Living Illinois

A program for public housing managers and residents to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy into their buildings.

Savings Through Efficient Projects
Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP)

Help for public agencies getting started in energy efficiency

Illinois Energy Now
Public Sector Application Assistance - Illinois Association of County Board Members (IACBM)

Free help with DCEO applications for public agencies

Illinois Energy Now
Public Sector Incentive Mobile App - 360 Energy Group

Free app for investigating DCEO public sector incentives.

Illinois Energy Now
Energy Performance Contracting Program

Guidance for public agencies considering energy performance contracts

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois EPA Wastewater and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds

Low interest loans for water and wastewater infrastructure projects

Illinois Finance Authority
Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program

Bonds for energy efficiency projects with interest rebates

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Building Operator Certification

Energy efficiency training for building operators

Illinois Green Business Association
Illinois Green Business Association Green Business Certification Program

Recognition for sustainable operation of buildings in Illinois

Illinois Green Economy Network
Illinois Green Economy Network

A consortium of Illinois community colleges working to grow the green economy of Illinois.

Illinois Energy Now
Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Funding for small-scale renewable energy projects in all sectors

Illinois Energy Now
Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

Funding for large-scale renewable energy programs

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Illinois Solar Energy Association

A nonprofit organization promoting the widespread application of solar and other renewable energies.

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Solar Outreach Partnership

Technical assistance and peer support for cities and counties to increase use of solar

 

Private

Click the program names below to see more details.


Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Ameren Illinois customers

ComEd
ComEd Smart Ideas

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit ComEd customers

Nicor
Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program - energySMART

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Nicor Gas customers

North Shore Gas
North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit North Shore Gas customers

Peoples Gas
Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Peoples Gas customers

Illinois Energy Now
Illinois Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program (EEAHCP)

Funding for the energy efficient rehabilitation or construction of affordable housing units

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Building Operator Certification

Energy efficiency training for building operators

Illinois Green Business Association
Illinois Green Business Association Green Business Certification Program

Recognition for sustainable operation of buildings in Illinois


UIC Industrial Assessment Center

Assistance to improve the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program

Assistance for industrial sector energy efficiency improvements

Illinois Finance Authority
Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program

Bonds for energy efficiency projects with interest rebates

USDA
USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Loans and grants for energy efficiency improvements in rural communities

Illinois Energy Now
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program

Funding for installation of electric vehicle charging stations

Illinois Energy Now
Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Funding for small-scale renewable energy projects in all sectors

Illinois Energy Now
Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

Funding for large-scale renewable energy programs

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Illinois Solar Energy Association

A nonprofit organization promoting the widespread application of solar and other renewable energies.

City of Chicago
City of Chicago Small Business Improvement Fund

Financing for commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects in Chicago TIF districts.

 

Non-Profit

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Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Ameren Illinois customers

ComEd
ComEd Smart Ideas

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit ComEd customers

Nicor
Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program - energySMART

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Nicor Gas customers

North Shore Gas
North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit North Shore Gas customers

Peoples Gas
Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program

Energy efficiency funding for private and nonprofit Peoples Gas customers

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF)

A supplementary source of funding for public sector and nonprofit clean energy and energy efficiency projects

Illinois Energy Now
Illinois Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program (EEAHCP)

Funding for the energy efficient rehabilitation or construction of affordable housing units

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Building Operator Certification

Energy efficiency training for building operators

Illinois Green Business Association
Illinois Green Business Association Green Business Certification Program

Recognition for sustainable operation of buildings in Illinois

Illinois Green Business Association
Faith in Place

Inspires religious people of diverse faiths to care for the Earth through connection, education, and advocacy.

IFF
IFF Energy Performance Program (E2P)

Financing assistance for nonprofits in the Chicago and Rockford areas.

Illinois Energy Now
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program

Funding for installation of electric vehicle charging stations

Illinois Energy NowSolar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Funding for small-scale renewable energy projects in all sectors

Illinois Energy Now
Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

Funding for large-scale renewable energy programs

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Illinois Solar Energy Association

A nonprofit organization promoting the widespread application of solar and other renewable energies.

 

Non-EEPS

Click the program names below to see more details.

IMEA
Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) Electric Efficiency Program

Energy efficiency funding for municipal electric or co-op customers

Jo-Carroll Energy
Jo-Carroll Energy 2013 Incentives Program

Energy efficiency funding for Jo-Carroll Energy customers

MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy Advantage

Energy efficiency funding for MidAmerican Energy customers

City Water Light and Power
Springfield City Water, Light and Power Energy Services Office

Energy efficiency funding for Springfield City Water, Light and Power customers

AIEC
Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives Energy Efficiency Program

Energy efficiency funding for customers of cooperatives that are members of the AIEC

Wabash Valley Power Moves
Wabash Valley Power Association Power Moves

Energy efficiency funding for customers of MJM Electric Cooperative, Corn Belt Energy, and EnerStar

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF)

A supplementary source of funding for public sector and nonprofit clean energy and energy efficiency projects

Illinois Finance Authority
Illinois Finance Authority Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program

Bonds for energy efficiency projects with interest rebates

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Building Operator Certification

Energy efficiency training for building operators

Illinois Green Business Association
Illinois Green Business Association Green Business Certification Program

Recognition for sustainable operation of buildings in Illinois


EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program

Assistance for governments pursuing sustainability.

USDA
USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Loans and grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses

Illinois Energy Now
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program

Funding for installation of electric vehicle charging stations

Illinois Energy Now
Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

Funding for small-scale renewable energy projects in all sectors

Illinois Energy Now
Large Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program

Funding for large-scale renewable energy programs

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Illinois Solar Energy Association

A nonprofit organization promoting the widespread application of solar and other renewable energies.

Illinois State Board of Education
Special Tax Assessment for Solar Energy Systems

Tax relief for property owners with solar energy systems.

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Solar Outreach Partnership

Technical assistance and peer support for cities and counties to increase use of solar