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Illinois Energy Now

The Illinois Energy Now grant program provides millions of dollars in rebates to local governments including park districts, conservation districts, forest preserve districts and municipalities that make energy efficiency improvements to their electric and natural gas systems. More than $70 million is available annually to help fund these projects. A free building assessment to help determine potential cost saving improvements is also available (see below).

Why Apply?

Eligible organizations can experience both short-term savings through reimbursement for up to 75% of energy improvement costs and long-term savings through a reduction in utility bills.

Who Qualifies?

All Illinois public facilities located within Ameren Illinois and ComEd electrical service areas or Ameren Illinois, Nicor, North Shore or Peoples Natural Gas areas are eligible to take advantage of the Illinois Energy Now grant program.

What Projects Are Eligible?

Potential upgrades to electric and natural gas systems include but are not limited to:

  • Lighting equipment
  • HVAC equipment
  • Gas furnaces
  • Water heaters and boilers
  • Refrigeration equipment
  • Motors and drives
  • LED Traffic signs

How do I Apply?

  • Step 1: Download program guidelines and application forms
  • Step 2: Complete application and submit to
  • Step 3: DCEO reviews application, gives notice to proceed and confirms rebate amount
  • Step 4: Upgrade qualifying electric and gas equipment
  • Step 5: Submit a final application with work completed and costs
  • Step 6: DCEO reviews final application and processes rebate

Additional information and application procedures are also available.


Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the ERC, the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC), and the State of Illinois are also offering FREE building energy assessments in connection with Illinois Energy Now and other energy efficiency grant programs.

A building energy assessment helps agencies determine the amount of energy savings that will result from energy efficiency improvements. A team of engineers and architects will provide technical advice on cost saving energy efficiency measures that include an analysis of historic energy consumption, a site visit with your agency's building maintenance personnel to review facility equipment and construction, and delivery of a final report with energy efficiency recommendations. This report will discuss energy and cost savings opportunities, recommendations for implementing the projects, and identify grants funds that may be available. While the goal of the program is full implementation of the recommendations in the report, there is no obligation to do so.

Over the past seven years, this program has identified more than:

  • $37,300,000 in annual energy savings
  • 14,000,000 therms in annual natural gas savings
  • 263,000,000 kWh in annual electrical savings
  • 51,000 kW in annual demand reduction
  • 79,600 tons of annual CO2 savings

The services provided through this program are sponsored by DCEO, in partnership with ComEd, Ameren Illinois Utilities, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, and Nicor. The program provides valuable services at no cost. For more information contact Steve Wallon, at the Energy Resources Center by calling 312/355-1389 or emailing


(Local Governments, Municipal Corporations, Public School Districts,
Community Colleges, Public Universities & State/Federal Facilities)

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is offering:

  • Up to $1,500 for a boiler tune-up ($0.50/kBtuh)
  • $200-$600for each failed steam trap replaced
  • $8-$20/ftof pipe insulation replaced
  • Up to $1,500 for boiler reset controls ($0.75/kBtuh)

$3.00/Therm saved for Parallel Positioning Control System (PPC)


Free Webinar

Learn how to save energy and money by improving your boiler

efficiency, operations and safety

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

2:00PM - 3:00PM CST

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Contact Brian Katamay 312-355-2019 or

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