Biogas and Biomass to Energy Grant Program (Illinois)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Illinois

Name Biogas and Biomass to Energy Grant Program
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Institutional, Other Association
Eligible Technologies Landfill Gas, Biomass, CHP/Cogeneration, Anaerobic Digestion, Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Up to 50% of project cost

Equipment Requirements Projects must be part of a CHP system
Start Date 1997-12-16
Expiration Date 2015-12-15

Funding Source Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund

Installation Requirements Requires a state licensed installer with appropriate insurance coverage

Maximum Incentive Feasibility Studies: 2,500

Biogas to Energy Systems: 225,000
Biomass to Energy Systems: 500,000

Program Administrator Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Date added to DSIRE 2007-12-04
Last DSIRE Review 2014-10-30

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Note: The program is accepting applications until 5:00 pm on December 1, 2014.

The Renewable Energy Resources Program (RERP) promotes the development of renewable energy in Illinois. This program is funded by the Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund (RERTF)-- the state's public benefits fund -- and is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), with assistance from the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The focus of the Biogas and Biomass to Energy Grant Program, through the RERP, is to demonstrate the use of biogas and biomass for on-site energy generation at facilities in Illinois. Projects designed to use biogas or biomass as a source of fuel to produce electricity with combined heat and power (CHP) through gasification, co-firing or anaerobic digestion technologies are being targeted. The biogas and biomass grant program will provide a 50% cost-share for energy feasibility studies or for the installation of equipment for these purposes. The maximum grants available for feasibility studies, biogas projects, and biomass projects are $2,500, $225,000, and $500,000, respectively. All projects must be located in Illinois within the service areas of utilities that contribute to the RERTF (through a Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge). Applications are available on the program web site.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Steffen Mueller
Department University of Illinois at Chicago
Division Energy Resources Center
Address 1309 South Halsted Street
Address 2 2nd Floor (MC 156)
Place Chicago, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 60607
Phone (312) 355-3982


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 20 ILCS 687/6-3
Date Effective 1997-12-16
Date Enacted 1997-12-16
Expiration Date 2015-12-15

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"