State and Local Policy Database

Illinois

State Scorecard Rank

13

Illinois

26.5Scored out of 50Updated 9/2016
State Government
Score: 4 out of 7
State Government Summary List All

Illinois offers a variety of financial incentives to encourage energy efficiency. It enables PACE financing but does not have any active PACE programs. The state government leads by example by requiring efficient government fleets and public buildings, benchmarking public buildings, and encouraging energy savings performance contracting. Research focused on energy efficiency occurs at several research centers in Illinois.

Financial Incentives List All

Financial Incentive information for Illinois is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Illinois). The state does enable Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE), but it does not have any active PACE programs. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Last Updated: July 2016

Building Energy Disclosure List All

There is no disclosure policy in place.

Last Updated: July 2016

Public Building Requirements List All

In 2007 the Illinois legislature enacted Public Act 095-0559, which specifically addresses energy efficiency in state government. The law directs all executive branch state agencies to set a goal of reducing energy use by 10% within 10 years. Targets were expanded in April 2009, when Governor Quinn signed Executive Order 7 to better coordinate energy savings activities in State government. Executive Order No. 7 sets a goal of a 20% energy reduction by 2020 for state facilities.

Specifically, EO 7 directed the Department of Central Management Services to implement a program to increase energy efficiency, track and reduce energy usage, and improve energy procurement for all State-owned and State-leased facilities. To facilitate these actions, the executive order creates an "Energy Efficiency Committee" consisting of several agency heads from various departments (Dept of Central Management Services, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Capital Development Board). The committee oversees state building energy audits, the implementation of subsequent recommendations, and the procurement of equipment/services designed to decrease energy consumption at State-owned and State-leased facilities. 

Public Act 96-0896 required the state to conduct a pilot study to benchmark and label selected state buildings for energy efficiency.  Eleven individual buildings and six campuses representing a range of building types were included in the study, which was completed February 2013. The State intends to benchmark all significant Executive Agency buildings, although it would be a small percentage of all public buildings.  Flagship buildings (James R. Thompson Center, Michael A. Bilandic Building) and some template buildings (e.g. ISP district offices) have done benchmarking thus far. 

Illinois' Green Buildings Act (20 ILCS 3130) requires that all new state-funded construction or major renovation of buildings are to seek LEED, Green Globes, or similar green building certification. New buildings and renovation less than 10,000 square feet must follow the guidelines for the highest level of LEED (or equivalent standard) that is practical, though they do not have to actually seek certification. Buildings or renovations larger than 10,000 square feet must be LEED Silver (or two Green Globes) certified and must receive all of the LEED credits that have been deemed mandatory by the Capital Development Board. LEED Silver is required when the project is valued at 40% the replacement cost of the state government building.

Last Updated: July 2016

Fleets List All

To help achieve the statewide goal of reducing petroleum use by 20% by July 1, 2012, as compared to 2008 petroleum use, Illinois state agencies must work towards meeting the following goals:

  • By July 1, 2015, at least 20% of new passenger vehicles purchased must be hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and 5% must be battery electric vehicles (EVs);
  • By July 1, 2025, at least 60% of new passenger vehicles purchased must be HEVs and 15% must be EVs;

Agencies that operate medium- and heavy-duty vehicles must implement strategies to reduce fuel consumption through diesel emission control devices, HEV and EVs technologies, alternative fuel use, and fuel-efficient technologies. Agencies must also implement strategies to promote the use of biofuels in state vehicles; reduce the environmental impacts of employee travel; and encourage employees to adopt alternative travel methods, such as carpooling.

Last Updated: July 2016

Energy Savings Performance Contracting List All

Illinois began a ten-year pilot program in 1994, which encouraged state buildings to take part in the then-newly enacted ESPC program, which provids assistance to the public and not-for-profit sectors. Since the program's inception, program staff oversaw the implementation of over $491 million in energy efficient capital improvements through performance contract arrangements resulting in over $35 million in combined annual savings.Information about the current ESPC program is housed under the Department of Commerce’s Energy Office, which maintains a series of documents to assist with any new ESPCs.

The state has recently entered into a new energy performance contract to upgrade the energy efficiency of six Department of Human Services’ facilities in the Chicago region, with guaranteed energy savings valued at $10 million. The state is exploring additional energy performance contract opportunities at Department of Corrections’ facilities, with assistance from the State Energy Office’s Energy Performance Contracting Technical Assistance Program. For over 15 years, the Energy Performance Contracting Program has provided assistance to the public and not-for-profit sectors. During this time, program staff oversaw the implementation of over $491 million in energy efficient capital improvements through performance contract arrangements resulting in over $35 million in combined annual savings.

SB 241, proposed in 2016, would change the period of time in which guaranteed energy savings contracts begin becoming cost effective from 20 years to 10 years.

Last Updated: July 2016

Research & Development List All

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Energy Resources Center (UIC-ERC) focuses on energy conservation and production concepts and technologies. As part of its mission statement, the Center has the responsibility to assist both private and public institutions at the local, state and public levels. To fulfill this directive, the Center’s Engineering Solutions Group focuses on finding practical answers to energy problems in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential markets. Through the use of energy audits, computer modeling and on-site consultation and evaluation, the group identifies opportunities for improved efficiency and reduced utility bills. Working with city, state, and national organizations, the group finds the most energy conscious, efficient and cost-effective strategies available to clients. The Center receives funding from the University and a variety of public and private clients, and sponsorships including the U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Commonwealth Edison.  

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne promotes sustainability through resource conservation, pollution prevention, and research efforts including energy efficiency.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign undertake applied energy conservation research.  Much of the work revolves around the ways in which cities consume energy and its implications including the associated externalities and climate change implications.  The Department has been associated with several climate action planning efforts, research on urban metabolism, the effects of energy dashboards, and other energy related behavior change research.

SEDAC collaborates with researchers in Economics, Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, the Information Trust Institute, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, and the Illinois State Water Survey on topics including: macroeconomic analysis of statewide energy planning, building-level impacts of SmartGrid demand response systems, energy efficiency degradation in buildings, energy impacts of water chemistry management, open source energy information systems, and human factors in successful building commissioning.

Last Updated: July 2016

Buildings
Score: 7 out of 7
Buildings Summary List All

The Illinois Energy Conservation Code supersedes home rule and is the minimum code for all affected buildings in the State of Illinois. Commercial and residential buildings must comply with 2015 IECC standards. The state has implemented several activities to ensure code compliance, including convening a stakeholder advisory group, conducting compliance studies, and offering code trainings.

Residential Codes List All

By law Illinois is required to adopt the latest IECC, although the Capital Development Board may recommend amendments. Current code, effective January 2016, requires residential construction to meet 2015 IECC standards with state-specific amendments. 

Last Updated: June 2016

Commercial Code List All

By law Illinois is required to adopt the latest IECC, although the Capital Development Board may recommend amendments. Current code, effective January 2016, requires commercial construction to meet 2015 IECC standards with reference to ASHRAE 90.1-2013. 

Last Updated: June 2016

Compliance List All
  • Gap Analysis/Strategic Compliance Plan: The State Energy Office (Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity) worked with BCAP to complete a gap analysis in 2010 and a strategic compliance plan in 2011.
  • Baseline & Updated Compliance Studies: The State Energy Office received a federal grant in 2010 to conduct a compliance study to test DOE’s recommended methods for measuring building codes compliance rates. The study found a compliance rate of 86% for residential buildings based on the buildings sampled, but the rate was adjusted to 79% to reflect the lack of cooperation from a couple of jurisdictions. The compliance rate for commercial buildings was over 90% but a full statistically valid sample was not completed. Evaluation of codes compliance and energy savings attributable to the training and technical assistance programs has now been built into the annual Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification of the state’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio. In June of 2014, an Evaluation of Illinois Baseline Building Code Compliance was prepared for the State Energy Office by ADM Associates, Inc. The study found a compliance rate of 81.3% for new residential buildings based on the buildings sampled. ADM was unable to arrive at a statistically valid compliance rate for commercial buildings due to the unavailability of willing participants.
  • Utility Involvement: Illinois’ utilities are involved in the Illinois Commercial and Residential Building Energy Codes Enhancement Collaborative Program aimed at providing training, technical assistance, and rebates for third-party inspectors.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group: The State Energy Office sponsored a Codes Claimed Savings Advisory Group (facilitated by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance) to determine if the utilities and State Energy Office could do more to improve energy codes compliance and to document and claim the additional energy savings. This effort has grown into an Illinois Codes Collaborative with a Governance Board composed of representatives of the Illinois utilities and the State Energy Office. The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved this statewide effort as a component of the utilities’ and the State Energy Office’s three-year Energy Efficiency Portfolio Plan with a three-year budget of approximately $8 million. In addition to expanded training and technical assistance the Collaborative will include rebates for third party inspectors to verify code compliance and leasing of equipment (such as blower doors and duct blasters). The program is still under development.
  • Training/Outreach: The Illinois Energy Office spends approximately $458,000 annually for enforcement and training with 47 outreach/training events held, reaching 358 code officials and contractors. These programs also include blower door training, HVAC right-sizing training, and a code interpretation hotline. Other consultations involve a visit with a building department and their field inspection staff to discuss time-saving plan review or field inspection techniques.

Last Updated: September 2016

CHP
Score: 2 out of 4
CHP Summary List All

The state has an interconnection standard and CHP is included as an eligible resource in the state's EERS. No new CHP systems were installed in 2015.

Interconnection StandardsList All

Policy: Illinois Senate Bill 680

Description: Though currently only “emergency rules,” in response to the lack of a formal rulemaking by the deadline of April 1, 2008 set by the enabling legislation, the Illinois Corporation Commission is considering an interconnection standard that would explicitly include CHP. The current in-place emergency rules do include CHP, and are based upon the IEEE 1547 Standard. Four tiers of interconnection are delineated, separating interconnection into different size categories up to 10MW.  In March 2010, the ICC established interconnection standards for Large Distributed Generation Facilities, or those over 10 MW.

Last Updated: June 2016

Encouraging CHP as a ResourceList All

CHP in energy efficiency standards: Until recently, CHP and waste heat to power were not allowed under the Illinois EEPS Program. A law was passed in 2013 (SB 1603) that changed the definition of energy efficiency: "Energy efficiency measures also includes measures that reduce the total BTUs of electricity and natural gas needed to meet the end use or uses." This opened the door for inclusion of CHP as an allowable technology under the state EEPS program. The Illinois Commerce Commission recently issued its orders for State Energy Office’s and the investor owned utilities’ three-year Energy Efficiency Portfolio plans.

Revenue streams: In 2014, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) ordered the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) to investigate CHP for the private sector in Illinois. ComEd and Nicor, Illinois’ largest electric and natural gas utilities respectively, both recently initiated custom programs targeting CHP projects. ComEd offers an incentive for 50% of feasibility assessment cost and 50% of interconnection fee up to $25,000 for customers in its territory 1 MW or greater, and a production incentive of $0.07 per eligible kWh based on review of 12 months of metered data and capped at $2,000,000.

Last Updated: August 2016

Deployment IncentivesList All

Incentives, grants, or financing: Launched in 2014, Illinois’ Public Sector CHP Pilot Program will provide cash incentives for CHP projects that increase energy efficiency of local governments, municipal corporations, public school districts, community college districts, public universities, and state/federal facilities. The program is structured to provide performance based incentives during various stages of public sector projects, including after the design phase ($75/kW), commissioning ($175/kW), and after 12 months of measured operational performance ($0.08/kWh or $0.06/kWh depending on system efficiency).

Net metering: Net metering rules do not apply to CHP and are only applicable to renewable-powered systems. Systems smaller than 2 MW may net meter, but those over 40kW are required to provide required metering equipment.

Last Updated: June 2016

Additional Supportive PoliciesList All

Some additional supportive policies exist to encourage CHP in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) offers technical assistance by telephone and by hosting webinars to explain the technical details of CHP and build awareness of the Public Sector CHP Pilot program.

The state also considers CHP as part of its resiliency planning efforts. CHP is referenced in Illinois' Energy Assurance Report and is described as a technology that can provide electric service to a facility during emergency situations. The report also provides helpful contact information and identifies CHP system locations with GIS mapping.

Last Updated: June 2016

Utilities
Score: 8.5 out of 20
Utilities Summary List All

The Illinois General Assembly passed a law in 2007 that requires the state’s electric utilities and state energy office to provide customer energy efficiency programs and to meet energy savings goals. The legislation set an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) that began at 0.2% of electricity sales per year in 2008 and increases in steps up to 2.0% of sales per year by 2015. With this legislation, Illinois has become a leading state in the Midwest for its customer energy efficiency programs. Individual electric utilities administer 75% of the total funding for energy efficiency programs raised by tariffs in place; the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers 25% of the funding, which is used for programs serving government facilities, low-income households and market-transformation-oriented information and training programs.

Illinois established a natural gas EERS in 2009 with a goal of providing 8.6% cumulative savings by 2020. The state is pilot-testing a natural gas decoupling program. Illinois does not provide shareholder incentives tied to energy efficiency programs.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables.

Customer Energy Efficiency Programs List All

Illinois passed legislation (SB1592) in July 2007 that created a requirement for large-scale utility energy efficiency programs in Illinois. SB1592 authorizes utilities to recover the costs for providing energy efficiency programs and directs utilities to design and implement cost-recovery tariffs. Funds from the tariffs cover both utility- and state-administered programs. There is a cost cap in place that limits program costs to a maximum of 2% of customer rates. This cap has been ramped up from an initial cap of 0.5%. Illinois established a natural gas EERS in 2009 with a goal of providing 8.6% cumulative savings by 2020.

Under both electric and natural gas EERS policies, individual utilities are required to administer 75% of the total funds raised by tariffs in place. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers 25% of the funds, which are used to target government facilities, low-income households, and market transformation-oriented information and training programs. 

The utilities also offer on bill financing opportunities to their customers for energy efficiency measures.

Section 16-111.5B of the Illinois Public Utilities Act provides for additional procurement on an annual basis of cost-effective electric energy efficiency programs (beyond those included in Section 8-103 programs and without the spending limitation included in Section 8-103) through Illinois energy and power procurements. Each large electric utility conducts an annual solicitation process for purposes of requesting proposals from third-party vendors. The statute provides that "the Commission shall also approve the energy efficiency programs and measures included in the procurement plan, including the annual energy savings goal, if the Commission determines they fully capture the potential for all achievable cost-effective savings, to the extent practicable, and otherwise satisfy the requirements of Section 8-103 of this Act." There has been a significant increase in utility expenditures on energy efficiency due to this statutory provision.

Section 8-408 of the Illinois Public Utilities Act provides for voluntary energy efficiency programs to be offered by a medium-sized utility that is not subject to the mandatory energy efficiency standards. After a review of the initial pilot plan, the Commission determined that the cost-effective programs should continue into the future. The Commission approved a new 5-year gas and electric energy efficiency plan in ICC Docket No. 13-0423.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables.

Last Updated: June 2016

Energy Efficiency as a Resource List All

Illinois legislation (SB1592) establishes a state policy that requires electric utilities to use cost-effective energy efficiency and demand-response measures to reduce direct and indirect costs to consumers. This can be accomplished by avoiding or delaying the need for new generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, as well as off-setting more expensive power purchases. Illinois is a "restructured" state—with distribution utilities purchasing power in competitive wholesale markets. Reduced customer demand thus affects purchase decisions and resource planning. Although there are no rules in place for integrated resource planning, the state does have a filing requirement for long-term utility plans. 

Section 8-103 of the Illinois PUA establishes:  It is the policy of the State that electric utilities are required to use cost-effective energy efficiency and demand-response measures to reduce delivery load. Requiring investment in cost-effective energy efficiency and demand-response measures will reduce direct and indirect costs to consumers by decreasing environmental impacts and by avoiding or delaying the need for new generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure. It serves the public interest to allow electric utilities to recover costs for reasonably and prudently incurred expenses for energy efficiency and demand-response measures.

Section 8-104 of the Illinois PUA establishes:  It is the policy of the State that natural gas utilities and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity are required to use cost-effective energy efficiency to reduce direct and indirect costs to consumers. It serves the public interest to allow natural gas utilities to recover costs for reasonably and prudently incurred expenses for cost-effective energy efficiency measures.

Last Updated: June 2016

Energy Efficiency Resource Standards List All

Summary: Electric: 0.2% incremental savings in 2008, ramping up to 1% in 2012, 2% in 2015 and thereafter.  Natural Gas: 8.5% cumulative savings by 2020 (0.2% incremental savings in 2011, ramping up to 1.5% in 2019). Due to cost cap restrictions, regulators have approved lower targets in recent years, with incremental electric savings targets varying by utility from ~ 0.5% to 0.7% per year.

The scope of energy efficiency activity in Illinois began a dramatic expansion in July 2007, when the state legislature passed the Illinois Power Agency Act (IPAA), which includes requirements for energy efficiency and demand response programs. The IPAA establishes an EERS that sets incremental annual electric and natural gas savings targets based on previous year’s consumption, beginning on June 1 of that year (see § 220 ILCS 5/8-103). The electric savings requirement began at 0.2% in 2008 and ramps up to a requirement of 2% annual savings in 2015 and thereafter. The natural gas goals begin in 2012 with a 0.2% reduction from 2011 sales and ramp up to 1.5% annual savings by 2019 (see Public Act 96-0033).

Investor-owned electric utilities are responsible for roughly 75% of program savings and spending, while the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers the remaining 25% of the funds, which are used to for efficiency programs serving government facilities, low-income households, and market transformation-oriented information and training programs.

Energy efficiency measures may not exceed an established cost-cap. The rate increase for customers due to energy efficiency was limited by statute to 0.5% of the total ‘per kWh’ charge in the first year and increased to 2.0% in 2012. If the rate impact cap is reached, the energy savings goals will be relaxed to the maximum savings that can be achieved within the rate impact cap. As a result of the rate impact cap, regulators have approved lower targets in recent years, with incremental electric savings targets varying by utility from about 0.5% to 0.7% per year.

If, after 2 years, an electric utility fails to meet the efficiency standard it must make a contribution to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and transfer the program to the Illinois Power Authority.

Section 16-111.5B of the Illinois Public Utilities Act provides for additional procurement of energy efficiency measures (beyond those included in Section 8-103 programs and without the spending limitation included in Section 8-103) through Illinois energy and power procurements.

Last Updated: June 2016

Utility Business Model List All

In February 2008, North Shore Gas and Peoples Gas and Coke were both approved for four-year revenue-per-customer decoupling pilots. Monthly adjustments began in March 2008. To continue the program after four years, the utility must make a general rate filing in which the commission extends the program. (Cases 07-0241/07-0242 (consolidated) and 09-0166/09-0167 (consolidated)).

The Commission approved decoupling for Ameren in December 2015 (Docket No. 15-0142).

Illinois does not have a mechanism in place for utility shareholder incentives for energy efficiency. SB1592 does not address the issue.

Last Updated: June 2016

Evaluation, Measurement, & Verification List All
  • Cost-effectiveness test(s) used: TRC with some societal components
  • Uses a deemed savings database: yes 

The evaluation of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs in Illinois relies on both legislative mandates (Public Act 95-0481) and regulatory orders (the order follows the legislation). Evaluations are administered by the utilities and The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Illinois has established formal rules and procedures for evaluation, which are stated in Case No. 07-0540—Order on Rehearingand SAG’s Proposed Framework to Count Savings in Illinois—most recent version. Evaluations are conducted for each of the utilities. In terms of a benefit-cost test, Illinois relies on the Total Resource Cost (TRC) test and considers it to be its primary cost-effectiveness test. The rules for benefit-cost tests are stated in Public Act 95-0481. These benefit-cost tests are required for overall portfolio level screening. See also 20 ILCS 3855/1-10 and 220 ILCS 5/8-104(b). The deeemed savings database is the Illinois Statewide Technical Reference Manual for Energy Efficiency (IL-TRM).  CHP was recently added as a measure in the IL-TRM Version 4.0. The IL-TRM is updated annually. Consistent net-to-gross methodologies were included in Appendix A to the IL-TRM Version 4.0 for several programs and IL-TRM Version 5.0 will include IL-NTG Methods for the programs currently not covered.  Pursuant to 220 ILCS 5/8-103(f)(7) and 220 ILCS 5/8-104(f)(8), an independent evaluation of the utilities and DCEO's energy efficiency programs is performed annually.

Last Updated: June 2016

Guidelines for Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs List All

Requirements for State and Utility Support of Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

In December 2016, the Illinois State Legislature passed the Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814). The legislation directs utilities to implement low-income energy efficiency measures of no less than $25 million per year for electric utilities that serve more than 3 million retail customers in the state (ComEd), and no less than $8.35 million per year for electric utilities that serve less than 3 million but more than 500,000 retail customers in the state (Ameren).

Cost-Effectiveness Rules for Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

Section 8-103B (Energy Efficiency and Demand-Response Measures) of SB 2814 excludes low-income energy efficiency measures from the need to satisfy the total resource cost-effectiveness (TRC) test: “The low-income measures described in subsection (c) of this Section shall not be required to meet the total resource cost test.”

Coordination of Low-Income and WAP Services

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is responsible for administering the state’s allocation of DOE weatherization funds. In Illinois, the weatherization program is called the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP). IHWAP provides Illinois’ low-income residents with the labor and materials needed to weatherize their homes and is funded by three sources: DOE WAP funding, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Block Grant funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the state’s Supplemental Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund (from the monthly Low-Income Energy Assistance Charge assessed by electric and gas utilities).

Last updated: April 2017

Self Direct and Opt-Out Programs List All

A self-direct option is available statewide for natural gas customers that meet certain criteria. The self-direct provisions, in Section 8-104(m) of the Illinois Public Utilities Act are applicable for gas customers that customers of a natural gas utility that have a North American Industry Classification System code number that is 22111 or any such code number beginning with the digits 31, 32, or 33 and (i) annual usage in the aggregate of 4 million therms or more within the service territory of the affected gas utility or with aggregate usage of 8 million therms or more in this State and complying with the provisions of item (l) of this subsection (m); or (ii) using natural gas as feedstock and meeting the usage requirements described in item (i) of this subsection (m), to the extent such annual feedstock usage is greater than 60% of the customer's total annual usage of natural gas. Participants' energy efficient funds are set aside for their own use, and participants are subject to the oversight of the the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. There are 38 Self-Direct Customers with annual natural gas usage of 780 million therms. 

Opt out is generally applicable to customers of utilities subject to the natural gas Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. Annual usage in the aggregate of 4 million therms or more within the service territory of the affected gas utility or with aggregate usage of 8 million therms or more in this State and using natural gas as feedstock, to the extent such annual feedstock usage is greater than 60% of the customer's total annual usage of natural gas. No documentation required to maintain.

Last Updated: July 2016

Data AccessList All

Guidelines for Third Party Access

The Commission has established guidelines and regulations for alternative retail electric supplier access in Docket Nos. 13-0506 and 14-0701.  The Commission has established some guidelines/regulations for non-alternative retail electric supplier access in Docket No. 15-7003. The Commission currently has a docket open to establish more general guidelines and regulations for third party access (Docket Nos. 14-0507).

Requirements for Provision of Energy Data

Illinois requires the provision of individual meter energy data to customers, in a common electronic format, and to third parties upon authorization of the customer. Currently, alternative retail electric suppliers are able to access data through a secure electronic system accessible to them. The Commission currently has a docket open to establish more general quidelines/regulations for access (Docket No. 14-0507). The Commission has also established authorization language parties (alternative retail electric suppliers and third parties) must use and currently has a docket open that may further establish such requirements. Upon authorization, the third party will receive data for the past 24 months or for the period for which the customer has been the customer-of-record at the premises (whichever is less).

Illinois also required to provide aggregated anonymous usage information pursuant to the 15/15 rule (must aggregate to at least 15 customers and so that no cusotmer's load is more than 15% of the group's total load) and provided the utility is permitted to assess a reasonable fee to defray costs to provide such information.

Energy Use Data Availability

The Commission has established some guidelines/regulations for non-alternative retail electric supplier access in Docket No.  15-0073. Docket No. 14-0507 is currently open and entails a proceeding to adopt the Illinois Open Data Access Framework which would give customers the right to automatically receive information regarding their energy usage. 

Last Updated: June 2016 

Transportation
Score: 5 out of 10
Transportation Summary List All

Illinois allocates a notable amount of funding to transportation efficiency and has complete streets legislation in place.

Tailpipe Emission Standards List All

No policy in place or proposed.

Last Updated: July 2015

Transportation System Efficiency List All

Transportation and Land use Integration: Illinois adopted Public Act 095-065 in 2007 which mandates that planning for bicycle and pedestrian ways must be incorporated into state-funded transportation programs and plans. 

The state also adopted the Business Location Efficiency Incentive Act in 2007, which provides businesses located near affordable housing and transit with tax credits.

VMT Targets: No policy in place or proposed.

Complete Streets: Illinois Public Act 095-065 calls for full consideration to be given to bicycle and pedestrian faclities in the planning of road development.

MAP 21 Freight Plans and Goals: The state has a comprehensive freight mobility plan in place but it does not highlight concrete freight system efficiency strategies or include efficiency performance measures. 

Last Updated: June 2016

Transit Funding List All

House Bill 289 allocates $2.5 billion for the creation and maintenance of mass transit facilities from the issuance of state bonds. 

Last Updated: July 2015

Incentives for High-Efficiency Vehicles List All

Illinois indefinitely suspended the Alternate Fuels Rebate Program in 2016. 

Last Updated: June 2016

Appliance Standards
Score: 0 out of 2
Appliance Standards Summary List All

Illinois has not set appliance standards beyond those required by the federal government.

Last Updated: July 2016