April 2017 NEWS


Following up on the February newsletter, the Department would like to share with you an update on the transition of our Illinois Energy Now (IEN) Programs.  

As a reminder, as a result of recent legislation, the Department will be handing off, to the electric and gas utilities, the administration of energy efficiency programs for the public sector, low income customers, and market transformation.  This hand off will be effective June 1, 2017 .
Please note, the Department will continue to pay out existing projects and wrap up programs after May 31 st , but we will not be accepting applications for any new projects after that date.  We encourage our customers to reach out to your utilities, establish a relationship with them, and begin to take advantage of their program offerings for your future projects.  They are still determining what programs they will be offering during the June to December bridge period.  Their full program offerings will be available January 1, 2018.  

To contact your utility with Public Sector energy efficiency questions, please use the following contact information:
Ameren Gas and Electric: ActOnEnergyBusiness@ameren.com

Please also note, that there are still two months left in this IEN program year, and the Department has a significant amount of funding left in many utility territories. We strongly encourage you to  apply now for incentives for any projects that can be completed on or before May 31, 2017 .  The deadline for new Standard and Custom applications has been extended until April 14, 2017.

Finally, thank you to all of our customers.  Over the years, your passion, drive, and creativity have been key to helping the State reach its energy savings and economic development goals.   Thank you also to our program partners and trade allies, who have assisted the Department in innumerable ways and helped to provide some of the most robust energy efficiency programs in the nation.  Collectively we have all demonstrated the tremendous economic and environmental benefits that energy efficiency can have in Illinois.  It has truly been a pleasure working with all of you, and the Department looks forward to continuing to partner with you in new ways in the future.  
Boiler System Efficiency Program Contact 

For questions about the Boiler program, contact Marcello Pibiri, (312)-355-3823 Email: mpibir2@uic.edu
Energy Advice from SEDAC

For quick energy efficiency advice or more information about assessments and incentives,  call 800.214.7954 or email info@sedac.org.
Illinois' STEP Program Surpasses 550-Buildings Served
The Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) program managed by MEEA has been working hard to target the difficult-to-reach public entities within the State and provide them with high-quality energy efficiency products. STEP encourages public sector facilities to save energy by providing measures such as occupancy sensors, LED exit signs, LED lamps and more at no cost to the customer. So far the program has completed or scheduled over 550 engineer-led facility walkthroughs and expects to complete more before the program year ends. To learn more about the STEP program and how it may help serve your public facility, please visit www.IllinoisSTEP.org or contact us at STEP@mwalliance.org .
The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program

Funding is still available in the MMC region! Public agencies are invited to submit proposals for projects that reduce demand for natural gas through Nicor, Peoples Gas and North Shore service territories. Gas-saving projects include boiler and chiller replacements, HVAC system tune-ups, destratification fans, steam trap replacement, boiler and steam pipe insulation, pool heater upgrades, geothermal, kitchen equipment upgrades (ovens, cookers, exhaust hoods, washing equipment), hot water aerators and low-flow showerheads. Grant reimbursements can be up to $300,000 per facility location. Project support and technical assistance is free and provided by 360 Energy Group.

For more information or to apply, please contact Brian Tomkins at btomkins@mayorscaucus.org or 312-201-4508.

Note: Applications will be accepted until April 14, 2017 .  Projects need to be completed by May 8, 2017 .
Municipal-Owned Street Lighting Incentives

Street Light Electricity costs can account for a considerable portion of a municipality's budget. Upgrading street lights to LEDs is an easy and cost effective way for municipalities to reduce their electricity costs. For those municipalities that own street lights (as opposed to leasing), incentives are available for street light LED upgrade projects. The incentive of $0.30 per kWh saved lowers the cost of these capital improvements and shortens the payback period, making street light retrofit projects a smart investment.

Elevate Energy provides free technical assistance with the project planning and incentive application processes. To be eligible for the incentive, replacement LED lights must be certified by the DesignLights Consortium and projects must be completed by May 31, 2017. For more information, read the program information sheet or contact Mary Jo Warskow at maryjo.warskow@elevateenergy.org or 773.922.3018.

Projects must be completed by May 31, 2017, so call or email us today!
Park District Lighting Program

Elevate Energy's Park District Lighting program provides IL ENERGY NOW funding and free technical and application assistance to park districts in ComEd's service territory for indoor and outdoor lighting projects.  The program applies to lighting projects completed between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. For more information or to start an application, please contact Mary Jo Warskow at 773.922.3018 or maryjo.warskow@elevateenergy.org
Heat your building -- not the outside

Reducing uncontrolled air leakage through the building envelope is one of the most cost-effective energy efficiency strategies-for both new and existing buildings. Read more  about how and why air leakage occurs and strategies to prevent it in  SEDAC's Tech Note on Air Barriers . Check out all of SEDAC's publications, including additional Tech Notes, Energy Smart Tips for specific building types, and Case Studies. http://smartenergy.illinois.edu/publications.html 
News from the Utilities
Coming this June: The 2017 Ameren Illinois Business Symposium!

Discover why thousands of customers have turned to this award-winning event for energy-saving solutions. 

The 2017 Ameren Illinois Business Symposium is your one-stop shop for energy efficiency - making it easy for your business or organization to learn about the latest technologies, connect with trusted energy professionals, and gain additional financial incentives to move your next project forward.

Wed., June 7, 2017 | Crowne Plaza (300 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield IL 62703)
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Registration, Breakfast, & Exhibitor Viewing
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Symposium Event

At the Symposium, you will:
  • Be the first to learn about our newest program offerings and incentives to move your projects forward
  • Attend breakout sessions designed to help you learn how to implement energy-saving ideas
  • Receive a 15% bonus coupon that could be worth thousands of dollars in additional incentives
  • Get the opportunity to interact with our trusted Program Allies who can assist you with your project
  • Meet program staff who can answer your questions
  • Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch provided
REGISTER FOR FREE BY APRIL 30 to be entered to win these great early bird prizes:
  • Amazon Echo smart home device
  • RokuĀ® Premiere+ streaming player
To learn more about the 2017 Business Symposium, visit ActOnEnergy.com/Symposium .     
Energy Training Opportunities - Sign up today!
Final BOC Classes in Illinois Starting 

Act now before tuition reimbursements run out! There are $500 tuition reimbursements and full scholarships for veterans available from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. 

April 6th  Carterville Level I

Visit www.BOCcentral.org for eligibility requirements for tuition reimbursements and scholarships.  Interested veterans should email boc@mwalliance.org
Upcoming Building Science Training Series Courses

The building science training series (BSTS) draws upon local and regional experts to impart specific technical skills to local contractors.  The courses address topics that have been identified as relevant for Illinois contractors in order to prepare them for quality whole-home energy upgrade work and participation in IHP.  This series of courses is made possible through funding from the Illinois Energy and Recycling Office at the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

The following courses are open now for registration:

BPI010 Healthy Homes Evaluator (HHE)
When: April 11, 2017 9am-4pm
Where: IL - AEA Midwest, 3025 North Western Ave
Cost: $200
BPI CEU: 3.5

OSHA001 OSHA Confined Space Requirements Training
When: April 25, 2017 10am-4pm
Where: IL - AEA Midwest, 3025 North Western Ave
Cost: $75
BPI CEU: 3.5
Energy Webinars

SEDAC webinars on energy efficiency topics can be found at the SEDAC website .
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