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DCEO and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  - Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy


To put people back to work and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, the Recovery Act makes significant investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and green technologies. For more information, see the following web sites. 

State Energy Program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program (SEP) will provide formula grants to states for programs designed to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy use and costs, develop alternative energy and renewable energy sources, promote economic development, and reduce our state’s reliance on foreign oil. Illinois' formula allocation for SEP under the ARRA is $101,321,000.

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grants

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Energy’s EECBG program is to help eligible state and local governments implement energy efficiency and conservation strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions within the jurisdictions, reduce total energy use, and improve energy efficiency in transportation, building, and other sectors. Illinois’ total distribution under the EECBG Program is $112,175,600. Of this amount, 90,341,000 is for direct grants to large local governments. The remaining $21,834,600 will come to DCEO. Sixty percent of DCEO’s funds must be used to provide grants to small units of local government that are not eligible for direct grants from the U.S. Department of Energy. Types of projects likely to be covered may include: alternative fueled/electric fleet vehicles; building energy audits; efficiency improvements or renewable energy technologies for government facilities; distributed energy resource technologies (e.g. combined heat and power, ground source heat pumps); and, energy efficient traffic signals and street lighting.

"Smart” Appliance Rebates for Consumers

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to help Americans save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and more. DCEO is expected to receive Illinois’ share of “Smart” Rebates formula funding provided by ARRA. At this time, the U.S. Department of Energy has not yet determined the formula for distribution to each state.

Home Weatherization Assistance Program

The Home Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income households improve their homes, reduce their energy consumption and lower their utility bills. Energy conservation measures such as air sealing, attic and wall insulation, furnace repairs or replacements, electric baseload reduction (lighting and refrigeration), and window and door work are provided free of charge to eligible households. The maximum amount of work to be done on a home is based on each individual type of home with a maximum of $7,500 when major energy-related repairs are needed. The state’s network of Community Action Agencies delivers the program in Illinois.

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Federal Recovery Site
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State of Illinois Recovery Site
Illinois EPA Recovery Site

Illinois DOT Recovery Site
Illinois Department of Human Services Recovery Site

Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Recovery Site