Illinois - Green Power Purchasing

January 06, 2011


Note: Policy expired at the end of 2009. No update since expiration for 2010 or beyond. In January 2007, the State of Illinois established a goal for state agencies to purchase 3% of their power from renewable sources by the end of 2007, 4% by the end of 2008, and 5% by the end of 2009. The state has a contract for renewable energy credits generated by wind turbines located in Illinois. In March 2007, Lt. Governor Pat Quinn invited cities and universities around Illinois to accept the "3-4-5 renewable energy challenge" and match the state's green power commitment. The 3-4-5 challenge updates former Governor George Ryan's Executive Order Number 6 from 2002, which set a goal for state agencies to purchase at least 5% of the electricity from renewable sources by 2010, and at least 15% by 2020.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
Renewables % or Amount: 3% by 2007; 4% by 2008; 5% by 2009
Source: Wind power generated in Illinois


Name: Donald Barnes
Organization: Illinois Central Management Services
Address: JRTC, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 4-100
Chicago IL 60601-3219
Phone: (312) 814-6940

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.