The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages. It periodically offers reimbursable matching grants to local governments to support sustainable, vibrant communities.

This Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program is administered by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus under Illinois Energy Now. Illinois Energy Now (IEN) is a suite of energy efficiency programs administered by the State of Illinois. It provides millions of dollars in rebates to public agencies to make large-scale equipment improvements to the electric and natural gas systems in their facilities. This funding supports several IEN programs such as the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) and the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Aggregation Program.

Funding and technical assistance to improve energy efficiency in public buildings is available through a simple proposal process. Project Proposal Forms for the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year until funds are exhausted.  Deadlines:

September 30, 2016 --Early Bird Deadline for All Energy Efficiency Projects.

November 1, 2016 -- Standard Deadline for All Energy Efficiency Projects.

 Work for all projects must be completed by May 8, 2017.

 Project planning can start anytime by submitting a Project Proposal Form.

Eligibility

All public sector entities in northeastern Illinois which receive service from Illinois investor-owned utilities (ComEd, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas and Nicor Gas) are eligible to apply for this program, including municipalities, townships, counties, park districts, libraries, schools, community colleges, and more.

 For public sector entities outside these service regions in northeastern Illinois, additional programs are available from other organizations throughout the state. Contact us or for more information or for a referral to other IEN programs. Public sector entities that receive service from municipal or cooperative utilities are not eligible to participate in this program.

To Propose a Project

Identify public buildings needing energy efficiency improvements. Eligible buildings include office, garage, water and waste water treatment plants, community centers, libraries, schools and more.

Align potential projects with sustainability goals. Progress towards energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction goals can be documented for reporting.

Complete the Project Proposal Form through this website, along with a recent gas and electric bill for each building being considered for assistance.  You may submit multiple buildings on one form.

Assess buildings and design projects. 360EG reviews your proposal, arranges a site visit to asses existing conditions, and assists in the planning of the potential project(s). 360EG will analyze the selected project(s), demonstrate energy and monetary savings, and estimate costs and payback period.

Project Implementation

Once the assessment is complete, your agency decides whether or not to proceed with project implementation.

Successful project proposals will be approved for funding on a reimbursement basis, subject to requirements of Illinois Energy Now and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.  See the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Request for Proposals for a complete description of the process.