Clean, Renewable American Energy
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. The Illinois Energy Office is charged with implementing these provisions in order to create jobs, stimulate the economy, improve the environment and further our Nation toward energy independence.
STATE ENERGY PROGRAM
On August 14, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approved the Illinois’ Energy Plan submitted as part of the Federal State Energy Program (SEP). DOE’s approval gives Illinois authority to move forward with implementing the plan, which is the most comprehensive effort to date to address the state’s energy production needs. Over $100 million in federal recovery funding will be available for grants to implement the plan.
Click Here for a link to the programs that support the Illinois Energy Plan.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY & CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANTS
The purpose of the program is to assist eligible state and local government entities in implementing energy efficiency and conservation strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions created as a result of activities within the jurisdictions of eligible entities; to reduce total energy use; and to improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other appropriate sectors.
Once approved by the US Department of Energy, the total formula distribution under the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program for all Illinois state and local government will be $112,175,600 of which DCEO will receive $21,834,600. Sixty percent of DCEO’s funds must be used to provide subgrants to units of local government in the state that are not eligible for direct formula grants from U.S. DOE.
Click Here for a breakdown of the funding amounts for the Direct Grantee Communities.
"SMART" APPLIANCES - REBATES FOR CONSUMERS
Illinois' three-phase rebate program was a success! Read more about it.