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Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund

Date Last Updated8/1/2013
Policy TypePublic Benefits Fund
State/FederalIL
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeIllinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Bureau of Energy and Recycling
Policy Initiation Date12/16/1997
Policy Summaryllinois's 1997 electric-industry restructuring legislation created separate public benefits funds that support renewable energy and residential energy efficiency. The Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund (RERTF) supports renewables through grants, loans and other incentives administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The funding mechanism was established for 10 years in January 1998. In August 2007, funding was extended through December 12, 2015.

In 2013 the fund primarily supported wind and solar energy, but also included a small Biogas and Biomass to Energy Grant Program.

The RERTF is supported by a surcharge on customers' electric bills and gas bills known as the Renewable Energy Resource and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge. Participation is required for investor-owned utilities, but voluntary for municipal utilities and electric cooperatives. Half of the money collected by the surcharges supports the RERTF, while the other half supports the Coal Technology Development Assistance Fund. The surcharge varies by customer class as follows:
  • $0.05 per month for residential electric service.
  • $0.05 per month for residential gas service.
  • $0.50 per month for nonresidential electric service with less than 10 megawatts (MW) of peak demand during the previous calendar year.
  • $0.50 per month for nonresidential gas service with less than 4 million therms of gas during the previous calendar year.
  • $37.50 per month for nonresidential electric service with at least 10 MW of peak demand during the previous calendar year.
  • $37.50 per month for nonresidential gas service taking at least 4 million therms of gas during the previous calendar year.
Approximately $100 million in revenue will be collected for the fund through December 2015. The RERTF receives approximately $5 million - $5.5 million per year to fund eligible projects.

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation was established in December 1999 as an independent foundation with a $225 million endowment provided by Commonwealth Edison. Their mission is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development of renewable energy resources and protect natural areas in communities all across Illinois. It appears that renewables-fueled CHP and conventional CHP may potentially be eligible for funding.

Funding for CHP projects provided by these resources would be found under related dCHPP incentive types (e.g., loan, grant, or rebate).
CHP Eligibility RequirementsDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
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