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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas - Small Business Energy Savings Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/10/2012
Program Overview:
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Furnaces , Boilers, Programmable Thermostats, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Vending Machine Controls, Energy Audit, LED Lighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family Residential, Private Schools
Amount:Free Measures
Energy Assessments
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
Low-flow Showerheads/Aerators
Vending Machine Controls Devices
Pre-rinse Sprayers

Incentives covered up to 70% of the cost
T8 Fluorescent Lighting Upgrades
Outdoor Lighting
LED Exit Signs
Occupancy Sensors
Condensing Heating Equipment
Incandescent to LED Upgrades
Programmable Thermostats
Pipe Insulation/Hot Water Boiler
Guest Room Energy Management System
Boiler Tune-up
Maximum Incentive:Natural Gas incentives and measures may vary across territories.
Program incentives greater than $25,000 will require additional program review.
Eligible System Size:Business must have peak electric demand of 100 kilowatts or less and less than 60,000 therms per year.
Equipment Requirements:Varies by measure.
Funding Source:Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) surcharge
Start Date:6/1/2012
Expiration Date:5/31/2013
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Note: The effective dates of Program Year 7 are June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015. Projects with a final completion date before June 1, 2014, are not eligible for an incentive.

ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas fund the Small Business Energy Savings program in which an energy advisor conducts a free on-site energy assessment and provides free installation of energy saving products as well as recommendations for further improvements with rebates of up to 70%.  Participants should confirm that they meet both electric and gas utility eligibility requirements, be a ComEd Customer with a peak electric demand of less than 100kW, a gas customer using less than 60,000 therms per year, and be owned or managed by a non-national chain with less than 10 businesses in the utilities’ service territory.  Projects should bring about a permanent reduction in electric or natural gas use (not including new facility construction).

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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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