Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program

Public Sector Energy Efficiency


The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program (PSEE) provides funding and technical assistance to help local governments update and retrofit public facilities and/or streetlights to improve energy efficiency and save money. Municipalities, park districts, libraries, schools, townships, and other local governments throughout the ComEd®, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas services areas are invited to participate. This program, formerly offered in partnership with Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, is now offered in partnership with ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas through December 31, 2017.


December 31, 2017 – Work for all projects must be completed.

Click here to begin your project proposal.


All public sector entities in northeastern Illinois which receive service from Illinois utilities (ComEd, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas and Nicor Gas) are eligible to apply for this program, including municipalities, townships, counties, park districts, libraries, schools, community colleges, and more.


A.      How to Propose a Project

1. Identify public buildings, outdoor lighting, and facilities needing energy efficiency improvements.

2. Align potential projects with sustainability goals. Progress towards energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction goals can be documented for reporting.

3. Complete a Project Proposal Form with a recent gas and electric bill for each building being considered for assistance. Public agencies may submit multiple facilities on one form. Submit the proposal form by November 1, 2017.

4. 360EG reviews your proposal, arranges a site visit to assess existing conditions, and assists in the planning of the potential project(s). 360EG will analyze proposed project(s), demonstrate energy and monetary savings, and estimate costs and payback period.

5. 360EG submits your project to each sponsoring utility on your behalf.  Each utility will evaluate the project; determine incentive amounts, and approve eligible projects.  Public Agency applicants decide whether to proceed with project implementation. 

B.      Project Implementation

Once the assessment is complete, your agency decides whether or not to proceed with project implementation.

1. Perform Scope of Work – The public agency completes the approved energy efficiency project by performing the work in-house or awarding a contract and/or purchase order to their chosen supplier and contractor and paying them directly. The public agency issues contracts and/or purchase orders directly with their own vendors.

2. Complete all work by December 31, 2017.

3. Complete necessary paperwork as required by the sponsoring utility.

4. Host 360EG for a project inspection to verify completion of work and energy savings.

5. Receive incentives as a reimbursement from the sponsoring utility.

Funds are available until exhausted. Act quickly to secure technical assistance and grant funding to complete your public sector energy efficiency projects. Begin your project proposal here.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Brian Tomkins at or 312-201-4508.

Please see below for a brief summary of projects that may qualify for the program: 


  • Boilers
  • Furnaces
  • Domestic Hot Water
  • Infrared Heaters
  • Demand Controlled Ventilation
  • BAS Upgrades
  • Destratification Fans
  • Geothermal
  • Boiler Reset Controls
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Pipe Insulation


  • Lighting
  • Streetlights
  • Chillers
  • BAS Upgrade
  • VFDs
  • Lighting Controls
  • Geothermal
  • Room Air Conditioners
  • Notched V Belts
  • Demand Controlled Ventilation
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Water Aeration systems

This program is funded by ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas customers in compliance with Illinois law. 

Energy Efficiency in the Greenest Region Compact 2

Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

Retrofitting public facilities for energy efficiency was found to be a top-ranking goal in the analysis of dozens of municipal sustainability plans that was done to create the Greenest Region Compact 2. This municipal sustainability pledge offers a comprehensive Framework to guide effective actions to improve the quality of life, protect the environment and support vibrant local economies. Complete Public Sector Energy Efficiency projects to show your community’s progress on the Greenest Region Compact 2. 

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