Biogas and Biomass to Energy Grant Program

January 05, 2016


Note: This program is currently closed. When funding becomes available, announcements will appear in the Program Announcements Section of the Energy and Recycling Homepage.

The Renewable Energy Resources Program (RERP) promotes the development of renewable energy in Illinois. This program is funded by the Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund (RERTF) -- the state's public benefits fund -- and is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), with assistance from the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The focus of the Biogas and Biomass to Energy Grant Program, through the RERP, is to demonstrate the use of biogas and biomass for on-site energy generation at facilities in Illinois. Projects designed to use biogas or biomass as a source of fuel to produce electricity with combined heat and power (CHP) through gasification, co-firing or anaerobic digestion technologies are being targeted. The biogas and biomass grant program will provide a 50% cost-share for energy feasibility studies or for the installation of equipment for these purposes. The maximum grants available for feasibility studies, biogas projects, and biomass projects are $2,500, $225,000, and $500,000, respectively. All projects must be located in Illinois within the service areas of utilities that contribute to the RERTF (through a Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge). Applications are available on the program web site.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Start Date: 12/16/1997
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Biomass
  • Combined Heat & Power
  • Landfill Gas
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Incentive Amount: Up to 50% of project cost
Maximum Incentive: Feasibility Studies: $2,500
Biogas to Energy Systems: $225,000
Biomass to Energy Systems: $500,000
Equipment Requirements: Projects must be part of a CHP system
Installation Requirements: Requires a state licensed installer with appropriate insurance coverage


Name: 20 ILCS 687/6-3
Date Enacted: 12/16/1997
Effective Date: 12/16/1997
Expiration Date: 12/15/2015


Name: Steffen Mueller
Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago
Address: 1309 South Halsted Street
Chicago IL 60607
Phone: (312) 355-3982

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.