DCEO - Public Sector Electric Efficiency Programs (Illinois) State Grant Program
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||DCEO - Public Sector Electric Efficiency Programs|
|Incentive Type||State Grant Program|
|Applicable Sector||Fed. Government, Local Government, Schools, State Government|
|Eligible Technologies||Chillers, Custom/Others pending approval, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motor VFDs, Refrigerators, Air conditioners|
|Incentive Inactive Date||2011-03-07|
|Energy Category||Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|Amount|| Varies by technology
For Local Government, Public Schools, Community Colleges Custom Incentives: 0.12/kWh For Local Government, Public Schools, Community Colleges Exterior Induction, LED lights: 0.30/kWh For Public Universities, State and Federal Government Custom Incentives: 0.09/kWh For Public Universities, State and Federal Government Exterior Induction, LED Lights: 0.23/kWh
|Equipment Requirements||Vary by measure|
|Expiration Date||05/31/2011 (current round of funding)|
|Maximum Incentive|| 300,000
Total incentive may not exceed 75% of project cost (equipment + labor) or 100% of incremental measure cost
|Program Administrator||Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity|
Illinois Department of Commerce is no longer accepting Program Year 2 applications. Program Year 3 officially begins June 1, 2010. Program materials are available for Program Year 3. This entry includes information about Program Year 3 and for reference, Program Year 2 (below).
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Bureau of Energy and Recycling administers the public sector energy efficiency programs required by the Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS). Standard rebates and grants are available for many lighting, refrigeration, HVAC, and motor efficiency improvements. Custom rebates and grants are available for some measures not covered by the standard rebates. Pre-approval is required for all grants, custom rebates, and some standard rebate applications. The DCEO encourages all applicants to submit pre-approval applications in order to verify project eligibility and reserve funding. The program is available to local, state, and federal governments; public school districts; community colleges; and universities that receive electricity distribution service from Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) or Ameren affiliated utilities (AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP, and AmerenCIPS). This includes customers that purchase energy through an alternative supplier. It should be noted that incentives $50,000 or less are provided in the form of a rebate and incentives of $50,000 or more are provided as grants.
Program Year 3 (June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011)
Standard incentive amounts vary according to equipment type, size, and relative level of energy efficiency. Custom incentives are based on the amount of energy that a given improvement saves annually and are different depending on the type of "public" entity applying. Local government, public schools, and community colleges are eligible for higher incentive amounts: up to $0.12/kilowatt-hour (kWh) or $0.30/kWh for exterior induction, LED lights. Custom measures must have a payback period of between one and seven years. Incentive totals may not exceed 100% of the incremental measure cost or 75% of the project cost. In addition, rebates may not exceed $50,000 and grants will not exceed $300,000.
Public universities, state and federal government are eligible for the following incentive amounts: up to $0.09/kilowatt-hour (kWh) or $0.23/kWh for exterior induction, LED lights. Custom measures must have a payback period of between one and seven years. Incentive totals may not exceed 100% of the incremental measure cost or 75% of the project cost. In addition, rebates may not exceed $50,000 and grants will not exceed $300,000.
NOTE: There are separate application guidelines and incentive calculation spreadsheets for local government, public school, and community college entities and public universities, state and federal government entities.
Projects involving only equipment that qualifies for a standard incentive are not eligible for custom incentives. However, projects that involve a combination of standard measures and measures not eligible for standard incentives are permitted to apply under the custom program. In addition, projects involving standard measures with operating hours substantially greater than the typical operation may apply under the custom program. The following measures are specifically defined as ineligible to receive incentives:
- Fuel switching
- Projects that replace existing equipment with like equipment
- Demand response measures that do not lower overall energy consumption
- Measures installed or receiving funding under another utility, DCEO, or Clean Energy Community Foundation incentive program
- Custom projects with paybacks longer than the equipment life
- Used equipment
The program is in its third year (June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011). The incentive amounts were increased during the third year. Measures installed or costs incurred outside of this time period are not eligible for incentives. Please consult the program website for additional details on program eligibility and application requirements.
Program Year 2 (June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010. Funded for Program Year 2 is exhausted.)
Standard incentive amounts vary according to equipment type, size, and relative level of energy efficiency. Custom incentives are based on the amount of energy that a given improvement saves annually, up to $0.08/kilowatt-hour (kWh). Custom measures must have a payback period of between one and seven years. Incentive totals may not exceed 100% of the incremental measure cost or 75% of the project cost. In addition, rebates may not exceed $50,000 and grants will not exceed $200,000.
Over $27 million has supported this incentive during the first two program years ($7.4 million from June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009, approximately $15 million from June 1, 2009 - May 31, 2010, plus $5 million ARRA stimulus funding from August 2009 to Oct 2009).
|Contact Name||Public Sector Energy Efficiency|
|Department||Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity|
|Division||Bureau of Energy and Recycling|
|Address||620 East Adams Street|
|Address 2||Attn. PSEE|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.