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Illinois Municipal Electric Agency - Electric Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/10/2014
Program Overview:
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Equipment Insulation, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Building Insulation, Motors, Motor VFDs, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Room Air Conditioners, Vending Machine Controls, Traffic lights, Demand Control Ventilation for Kitchen Exhaust Hoods, Ice Makers, LED Lighting
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Daylighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Municipal Utility, Agricultural, Institutional, Must be IMEA member or member retail customer
Amount:Lighting: Varies widely
Unitary/Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps: $100/ton
Chillers (Water Cooled): $33 - $66/ton
Chillers (Air Cooled): $50 -$100/ton
Room Air Conditioners: $83/ton
Package Terminal Air Conditioner and Heat Pumps: $50/ton
Geothermal Heat Pumps: $1,000/ton
Refrigeration Measures and Equipment: Varies widely
VFD's for HVAC Applications: up to 75% of cost
Ice Makers: $150 - $400
Motors: $11 - $515
Custom Incentives: $0.10/kWh for one year's estimated energy savings
Exterior Lighting/Breakthrough Incentives: $0.30/kWh
Maximum Incentive:General: 75% of project cost
Eligible System Size:Varies by technology
Equipment Requirements:Varies by technology and system capacity
Installation Requirements:Varies by technology
Funding Source:IMEA (funds available to each IMEA member are based on their proportional electric purchases from IMEA)
Program Budget:Not specified
Expiration Date:4/30/13
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The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) offers rebates to member municipal utilities* (those who purchase wholesale electric service from IMEA) and retail customers for energy efficiency upgrades. The incentive program provides up to 75% of the project cost in rebates or grants for qualified efficiency projects --although all incentives are subject to funding availability. Rebates are provided for a variety of projects including custom measures. The same program eligibility and applications apply.

Eligible projects are those which will result in electricity savings, either through equipment upgrades, or building or process improvements. A wide range of efficiency technologies and equipment, such as lighting, HVAC, motors, insulation, vending controls, among others, are eligible. Specific rebate amounts are provided in IMEA's application. Custom projects will also be considered under a separate incentive level of $0.10 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for one year's estimated energy savings and breakthrough equipment and exterior lighting will be provided an incentive level of $0.30/kWh for one year's estimated energy savings. The energy savings of the selected equipment must provide a financial payback before the useful life of the equipment expires.

Pre-approval is required, and interested applicants should reserve funding prior to purchasing any equipment. Interested applicants should submit applications to their municipal utility first. The municipal utility will submit it to IMEA for review. IMEA is working with the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity to administer the rebate. If approved, rebate recipients are required to provide all receipts and invoices in a final application due within 45 days of project completion. See IMEA's web site for application materials.

*IMEA provides a list of member municipal utilities on its web site.

  Rodd Whelpley
Illinois Municipal Electric Agency
3400 Conifer Drive
Springfield, IL 62711
Phone: (217) 789-4632
Phone 2: (800) 243-4632
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