Hydrogen Laws and Incentives in Illinois

The list below contains summaries of all Illinois laws and incentives related to hydrogen.

State Incentives

Diesel Emission Reduction Grants

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) administers the Driving a Cleaner Illinois program for diesel emission reduction projects. Projects are funded by Illinois’ portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, the U.S. EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Program, and the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program . Funding is currently available through January 27, 2020 for diesel school bus heaters in the Chicago area. For more information, including how to apply, see the IEPA Grant Accountability and Transparency Act page.

Point of Contact
Darwin Burkhart
Manager, Clean Air Programs
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (217) 524-5008

School Bus Retrofit Reimbursement

The Illinois Department of Education will reimburse any qualifying school district for the cost of converting gasoline buses to more fuel-efficient engines or to engines using alternative fuels. Restrictions may apply. (Reference 105 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/29-5)

Laws and Regulations

Ethanol and Hydrogen Production Facility Permits

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may issue air pollution control permits through the Bureau of Air for thermochemical conversion technology facilities that are constructed and operated to demonstrate the process of applying heat to woody biomass to produce ethanol or hydrogen for use as transportation fuel. Permit applicants must perform emissions testing during the required permit period, and must submit the results of that testing to the Illinois EPA within 60 days after completion. (Reference 415 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/39.9)

Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Acquisition Goals

Illinois state agencies must work towards meeting the following goals:

  • By July 1, 2025, at least 60% of new passenger vehicles purchased must be hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and 15% must be battery electric vehicles (EVs).
  • Agencies that operate medium- and heavy-duty vehicles must implement strategies to reduce fuel consumption through diesel emission control devices, HEV and EVs technologies, alternative fuel use, and fuel-efficient technologies.
  • Agencies must also implement strategies to promote the use of biofuels in state vehicles; reduce the environmental impacts of employee travel; and encourage employees to adopt alternative travel methods.

Vehicles designated as specialty, police, and emergency vehicles by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services are exempt from these goals, but should make all reasonable efforts to minimize petroleum usage.

(Reference Executive Order 11, 2009)

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