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Illinois Ratepayer Funded Energy Efficiency

Illinois Ratepayer Funded Energy Efficiency

Effective 1998, the Supplemental Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund was authorized through href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/legisnet92/summary/920SB2235.html">electric utility restructuring legislation. The law directed gas and electric utilities (participation by municipal utilities and electric cooperatives is optional) to assess a monthly charge of $0.40 per month on each residential electric service account and $0.40 per month on residential gas service accounts, plus higher amounts for commercial and industrial accounts. The utilities collect the charges from customers (about $76 million yearly), and deposit them into a state fund, which the General Assembly then appropriates yearly to the state Department of Public Aid, the LIHEAP and weatherization grantee. About 80 percent of the fund, $61 million annually, goes for low-income bill payment assistance, and 10 percent, about $7.6 million annually, supplements the state's weatherization program. See electric utility restructuring legislation.

Note: Leveraging reports do not always give a complete statewide picture. Some resources are not reported through leveraging or are under reported.

LEVERAGING

2010: $4 million
2009: $9.1 million
2007: $5.3 million
2006: $5.9 million
2005: $4.8 million
2004: $7.2 million
2002: $7.2 million
2001: $6.9 million
2000: $7.6 million
1999: $6.9 million