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Public Sector Combined Heat and Power Pilot Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/14/2014
Program Overview:
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: State Grant Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: CHP/Cogeneration, Heat recovery, Waste Heat-to-Power Systems
Applicable Sectors: Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Institutional
Amount:3-Tiered Grant: Design Incentive: $75/kW Capacity; Construction Incentive: $175/kW Capacity; Production Incentive: $0.06-0.08/kWh of useful electric energy produced.
Maximum Incentive:Total incentive is capped at $2,000,000 or 50% of project cost, whichever is less.
Equipment Requirements:Annual fuel use efficiency must be 60% or greater (HHV).
Funding Source:Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) surcharge for Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor, North Shore and Peoples customers
Start Date:07/01/2014
Expiration Date:11/21/2014, due date for proposals
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Authority 1:
Date Effective:
20 ILCS 1105/3
Authority 2:
Date Effective:
220 ILCS 5/8-103 et seq. (subsequently amended)

The Public Sector Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Pilot Program (“Pilot Program”) will provide electric and natural gas savings under the Illinois Energy Now Program by incentivizing the development and operation of CHP projects in public sector applications. The Pilot Program is a performance-based program requiring both estimated performance at the time an application is submitted and measured performance over the first twelve (12) months of operation after the commissioning of the system. The Pilot Program is established to encourage investment in Conventional CHP systems as well as Waste Heat-to-Power (WHP) CHP systems in the public sector.

Project applications under this pilot program must be submitted by 4:30pm Central Time on Friday, November 21, 2014. The intent of this RFA is to have contracts awarded by the DCEO to the successful applicants by February or March, 2015. All successful applicants are encouraged to complete the design and installation of the CHP system, complete the commissioning of the CHP system, and successfully complete the 12 months of operation required to receive the full rebates as expeditiously as possible. The 12 months of operation of the CHP system must be completed by the conclusion of the 2014-2017 three-year approved program plan (May 31, 2017). Project approvals are subject to availability of funds and all other program provisions and limitations apply.  

  Patrick Brown
Energy Resources Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
1309 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 996-5055
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