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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Last DSIRE Review: 10/10/2012
Program Overview:
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Siding, Roofs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, LED Lighting, Cool Roof
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Multi-Family Residential, Institutional, Private Schools
Amount:Comprehensive Measured Incentives (Electric): $0.10/kWh saved
Comprehensive Measured Incentives (Gas): $0.50/Therm saved
Technical Assistance/Building Modeling: No cost
Design Team Incentive: 10% of incentive amount
Maximum Incentive:$200,000/facility/year
Installation Requirements:Must exceed current International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
Buildings must be privately owned commercial, industrial or multifamily buildings of at least 20,000 square feet or 100,000 square feet in cases of multifamily occupancy.
Qualifying projects include new construction, additions, change of use or major renovations of existing space by gutting and replacing at least two systems (lighting, controls, HVAC, envelope).
Funding Source:Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) surcharge
Start Date:6/1/2012
Expiration Date:5/31/2013
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Commonwealth Edison's (ComEd) New Construction Service program element, in coordination with Nicor Gas, provides cash incentives and technical assistance to encourage building owners, designers and architects to surpass standard practices. The New Construction program’s goal is to achieve energy savings through technical assistance early in the design phase of a new building. Technical assistance can take many forms ranging from plan review to whole building energy modeling. Customers must be located in the ComEd service territory to receive electric incentives. Additionally, customers must be located in the ComEd and Nicor Gas service territories to receive both electric and natural gas incentives. Contact ComEd for more information on this program.

  ComEd Smart Ideas
ComEd Energy
120 E. Liberty Dr.
Suite 290
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: (888) 806-2273
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  Erikka Byrge, WRID, LEED AP ID+C Project Administrator
Energy Center of Wisconsin
455 Science Drive, Suite 200
Madison, IL 53711
Phone: (608) 210-7161 Ext.118
Fax: (608) 238-0523
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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