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Description

The Illinois Energy Office creates jobs and stimulates economic development in Illinois through programs and policies that spur investment in Illinois' Green Economy.   These programs and policies benefit our economy, improve our environment and increase our energy independence.

In addition, the Office will continue to promote the leadership of the State of Illinois, through its own energy and recycling policies and practices, at state facilities. Individually tailored programs are available to assist Illinois citizens, communities, non-profit organizations, businesses, industry, and other government agencies in an effort to achieve the Office's mission.

Click here  for a summary of Office of Energy and Recycling programs.

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 WHAT'S NEW

Thursday, October 27, 2011– Our Energy Efficiency Portfolio Illinois Energy Now has launched a Trade Ally Program. Becoming a DCEO Trade Ally helps your company's visibility, and ultimately your company's profitability. It's easy to apply to become a DCEO Trade Ally by clicking here. 

September 6, 2011 – Public Sector Natural Gas Boiler Tune-up Special Offering. Applications accepted through February 29, 2012. This Special Sale provides cash incentives to encourage owners of Natural Gas Boilers to invest in a tune-up conducted by a qualified contractor. For program guidelines and application forms, please click here.

May 16, 2011 - Public Sector Energy Efficiency Standard and Custom Incentives Program Guidelines for electric and gas rebates through Illinois Energy Now program released. Program year begins June 1, 2011, and ends May 31, 2012.

Fillable Forms in Excel. For further information see Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program


Program areas include the following:

ECONOMIC STIMULUS
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the $787 billion economic stimulus bill known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The Act includes substantial investment in Energy Initiatives.  DCEO’s Office of Energy and Recycling is charged with implementing these provisions in order to create jobs, stimulate the economy, improve the environment and further our Nation toward energy independence.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS
Energy efficiency investments in Illinois’ economy brings strong and diverse benefits, including protecting consumers and businesses from higher energy prices, improving electric reliability by reducing congestion on the electricity grid, supporting the retention of manufacturing jobs by reducing manufacturing energy costs and supporting the manufacture of new high-efficiency products, hedging risk against fuel price volatility, supporting public health and the environmental quality by reducing energy waste, and helping to keep Illinois’ energy dollars in the local economy.

RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS
Illinois boasts significant potential for renewable power and heating: wind, solar, and biogas offer both economic and environmental benefits. Wind energy costs have fallen significantly, and modern wind farms provide both stable income for farmers and significant property tax revenues for local governments. Biogas facilities allow livestock owners to transform wastes from pollution into clean energy, and solar thermal technologies offer an increasingly cost-effective alternative to volatile natural gas prices. Illinois strongly supports the development of these resources.

BIOFUELS PROGRAMS
Home-grown fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel reduce Illinois' dependence on foreign oil, keep energy dollars in the local economy, support local corn and soybean prices, and make a cleaner and healthier environment for Illinois. Illinois is the nation's largest ethanol producer, and is working hard to maintain leadership in biofuels technology development and production.

RECYCLING PROGRAMS
Every year, recycling in Illinois diverts over 9.1 million tons of useful materials from landfills and saves enough energy to heat and light 578,000 homes.  Recycling paper in Illinois saves 53.3 million trees alone.  Recycling material versus land-filling creates up to 10 times as many jobs, saves energy and generates cost-effective materials that are cycled back into the economic mainstream as manufacturing feedstock.  Illinois is proud of its performance in advancing recycling and best practices in solid waste management, while creating and retaining jobs for Illinois citizens.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Illinois has provided early leadership in supporting the adoption and use of electric vehicles (EVs). The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) offers rebates toward EV purchases; the Illinois General Assembly appropriated up to $10 million in capital funding for the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to award EV manufacturing and infrastructure grants and loans; and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) launched a Plug‐in Electric Vehicle Initiative (PEV Initiative) to explore regulatory issues related to EV deployment.

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Bureau Contact Info

Illinois Energy Office

 

500 E Monroe


Springfield, Illinois 62701-1643
Phone: 217-785-3416
TTY: TDD: 800/785-6055

 
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