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Energy efficiency grant applications due next week

From Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Executive Director Dave Bennett: 

Dear Mayor and Manager, The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is offering the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program to provide funding and technical assistance to help local governments update and retrofit public facilities to improve energy efficiency and save money. You are invited to apply by November 15.

Grants up to $300,000 are available, though most grants range from $2,000 to $50,000 and are dependent on the expected electricity and natural gas energy savings. Payback period for investment is usually between 1 and 5 years. Lighting upgrades, HVAC retrofits, boiler tune-ups, and other controls in public office buildings, garages, water and waste water treatment plants, community centers, libraries, schools and more are eligible.

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program administers Illinois Energy Now funding to public agencies in Northeastern Illinois to update and retrofit facilities to improve energy efficiency and save money. Illinois Energy Now is a suite of programs administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity that annually makes more than $70 million, collected from ratepayers of investor-owned utilities to make large scale equipment improvements to the electric and natural gas systems.

Through the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program, public agencies also have access to free technical assistance and project support from 360 Energy Group to assess facilities and recommend optimal improvements; complete technical reports and bid specifications.

Learn more about the Public Sector Energy Efficiency program and submit a Project Proposal through our simple online application here.

Funding is awarded to eligible projects until exhausted, so the deadline has been extended to November 15th.

For more information and to begin your application, visit

Additionally, please note that when MMC  reviews applications, preference points are awarded to municipalities that contribute member dues to the Mayors Caucus.  Attached is a list of the 43 municipalities that have not paid their membership dues this year.  If your town is on the list and you wish to take advantage of the Energy Efficiency Grant Program, they encourage you to make your annual contributions so you can receive the preference points when you apply.  Please contact Dave Bennett so he can assist you with this.

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