Public Sector New Construction and Retrofit Program (Illinois)

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Summary

Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Illinois

Name Public Sector New Construction and Retrofit Program
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Fed. Government, Institutional, Local Government, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Dishwasher, Duct/Air sealing, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Heat recovery, Lighting, Motor VFDs, Motors, Refrigerators, Roofs, Water Heaters, Windows, LED Exit Signs, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Floors, LED Lighting, Tankless Water Heaters
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Prescriptive: Varies by technology Custom: $0.08/kWh or $2/therm saved

Breakthrough exterior lighting equipment: $0.30/kWh saved








Start Date 2007-08-27


Funding Source Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) surcharge for Ameren, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas

Installation Requirements Construction or major renovations must exceed 15,000 square feet


Maximum Incentive Bonus maximum: $100,000

All incentives: $2.50/sq. ft. (base plus bonus), $300,000, 75% of project costs, and 100% of incremental costs











Program Administrator DCEO - Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
Website http://smartenergy.arch.uiuc.edu/new-construction-incentive-program.html
Date added to DSIRE 2008-09-22
Last DSIRE Review 2013-07-22
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
2012-02-17


References DSIRE[1]


Summary

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). As part of this larger program, the DCEO offers public sector grants for new construction and major renovation projects that exceed 15,000 square feet and produce electrical or natural gas savings through efficiency improvements in buildings, equipment, and processes. 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, Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, or North Shore Gas. This includes customers that purchase energy through an alternative supplier. The most recent application period opened June 1, 2012; Applications were accepted until May 15, 2013.

Both prescriptive and custom incentives are available. For prescriptive incentives, the building must meet the state building code, and incentives are available for measures that exceed the code. Custom incentives are calculated based on the amount of energy saved. The base rate is $0.08 per kWh saved and $2 per therm saved. An incentive of $0.30/kWh is also available for breakthrough equipment or devices for exterior lighting. Only 3% of the program funds will be spent on breakthrough equipment.

Buildings seeking LEED certification may also be eligible for a bonus incentive, based on the percentage of beyond energy cost savings. The maximum bonus incentive is $100,000.

Incentives are limited to 100% of the incremental measure cost, 75% of the project cost, and $300,000 per project depending on the level of efficiency improvement. It should be noted that DCEO reserves the right to change incentive amounts and negotiate grant amounts.

The following measures are specifically defined as ineligible to receive incentives:

  • Renewable energy
  • Projects that replace existing equipment with like equipment
  • Projects for the sole purpose of implementing demand response measures
  • Measures installed or receiving funding under another utility, DCEO, or Clean Energy Community Foundation incentive program
  • Component projects with paybacks longer than the equipment life
  • Used equipment

Please consult the program website for additional details on program eligibility and application requirements. Pre-approval is required to reserve funding and ensure eligibility and should be done when the design is 100% completed.


Incentive Contact

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
Place Springfield, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 62701-1615
Phone (217) 785-2863

Fax (217) 785-2618
Email illinois.energy@illinois.gov
Website http://www.illinoisenergy.org
Contact Name SEDAC Info
Department University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Division Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
Address 1 Saint Mary's Road

Place Champaign, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 61820
Phone (800) 214-7954


Email info@sedac.org
Website https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/6760711
Contact Name Jean Ascoli
Department University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Division Smart Energy Design Assistance Center


Place Champaign, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 61820
Phone (217) 244-7755




Contact Name Kristine Chalifoux
Department University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Division Smart Energy Design Assistance Center


Place Champaign, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 61820
Phone (217) 244-1315


Email kmchalif@illinois.edu

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

Authority 1: § 220 ILCS 5/12-103
Date Effective 2007-08-27
Date Enacted 2007-08-27


















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

References

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