The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) State Energy Office has initiated the Illinois Energy Now Trade Ally Program to promote energy efficiency efforts in the state. The new program is designed to help forge partnerships “between trade allies and their public sector clients to provide more energy efficient building solutions that will result in increased energy savings in schools, municipality buildings and government facilities.”
Trade allies are defined as general contractors, lighting contractors, HVAC contractors, engineers, architects, energy service companies, and energy-saving product wholesalers, distributors and retailers who are trained on the Illinois Energy Now (IEN) program to deliver more energy efficient building solutions to their public sector clients.
DCEO Director Warren Ribley says, “The Trade Ally program is an important tool to help public sector building owners connect with contractors, engineers and others trained in providing energy efficient solutions to help achieve energy savings. More than 100 trade allies have already registered for the program by word of mouth and the new web site will help us reach an even wider audience.”
Fully trained on the portfolio of energy efficiency programs, trade allies have a thorough understanding of IEN program rules and procedures and play an integral role in educating their clients about energy efficiency programs and rebates. Through ongoing support and guidance from Illinois Energy Now program staff and engineers, DCEO reports that trade allies “can help their clients navigate the incentive process, including completing DCEO incentive applications.”
The Illinois Energy Now Trade Ally Program is a collaborative initiative between the Illinois Energy Office of DCEO, the Energy Resources Center (ERC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Smart Energy Design