Illinois Municipal Electric Agency - Electric Efficiency Program

August 03, 2023


The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) offers incentives through the Electric Efficiency program. These incentives are available to the membership (and members’ retail customers) of IMEA. The program year starts May 1st and ends April 15th Funds are allocated to IMEA members based on a prorated share of their electric purchases from the IMEA. Commercial/industrial and public-sector facilities served by members can apply for funds using the appropriate FY2023-24 application forms found on the website.

Eligible projects must be located in Illinois and receive electric service from the IMEA or an IMEA Member. Projects must produce electricity savings through efficiency improvements in commercial, industrial or public-sector buildings, equipment, or processes. Ineligible projects include repairs of existing equipment, fuel switching, new electric generation or those projects solely related to demand response or demand control. Project paybacks must occur before the projected end of the equipment life.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Illinois Municipal Electric Agency
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Daylighting
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Equipment Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Chillers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Compressed air
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Building Insulation
  • Motors
  • Motor VFDs
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Other EE
  • Geothermal Direct-Use
  • Vending Machine Controls
Incentive Amount: Lighting: Varies widely

Compressed Air
Air Compressors: $60/HP
Compressed Air Nozzles: $20/nozzle

Refrigeration Measures
Solid Door Refrigerators: $45 Glass Door Refrigerators: $45 Solid Door Freezers: $100 Glass Door Freezers: $200 Automatic Door Closers for Walk-In Coolers and Freezers: $100 Door Heater Controls: $40 Reach-In Freezer or Coolers: $35 Walk-In Freezers or Coolers: $60 Evaporator Fan Control: $60 Strip Curtains: $20 - $200 Variable Speed Drives
VSDs for HVAC Supply and Return Fans: $60/HP
VSDs for HVAC Pumps and Cooling Fans: $60/HP

Custom Incentive: $0.07/annual kWh savings
Maximum Incentive: General: 75% of project cost
Eligible System Size: Varies by technology
Equipment Requirements: Varies by technology and system capacity
Installation Requirements: Varies by technology


Name: Rodd Whelpley
Organization: Illinois Municipal Electric Agency
Phone: (217) 789-4632

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.