Archive for ‘Initiatives’

Park District Enters ESA Agreement with Trust

The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners, on January 14, 2015, authorized an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust to provide energy efficiency services to up to 68 parks districtwide.  The Trust, as project owner, will undertake the development, acquisition, and construction of the project with the District’s obligation limited to the energy savings produced by the project through an Energy Savings Agreement (ESA) structure.

Trust Secures CNG-Related “Tiger Team” Assistance

The Chicago Infrastructure Trust has finalized an agreement with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) that solidifies a working relationship in which the latter’s Clean Cities Technical Assistance (Tiger Team) will provide pro bono consulting services to the Trust over the next six months. Specifically, the Tiger Team will provide the Trust with dedicated technical and analytical alternative fuel expertise for its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

Trust Applies for CNG Planning and Research Grant

The Chicago Infrastructure Trust has applied for a State Planning and Research (SPR) grant totaling $350K, related to its proposed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) initiative.  The funds are provided by the Federal Government and allocated by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The grant would reimburse 80% of the cost associated with developing a CNG initiative plan and includes: Strategy development Market-incentive analysis Gas supply / demand analysis

Trust Applies for Multiple CHP Grants

Grant applications, valued at $2M and relating to the Trust’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) initiative, have been submitted to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The Trust, along with participating City agencies and engineering contractors, submitted seven total grant applications that would help complete CHP-related projects across Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Department of Aviation, the Department of Water Management, and the Metropolitan

Municipal Buildings Retrofit Progress Report

The Chicago Infrastructure Trust, in coordination with the Public Buildings Commission and 2FM, is pleased to provide an implementation update for the Municipal Buildings Retrofit initiative, as of October 31, 2014. To view the progress report, please click here.

Trust Receives CHP Proposals

The Chicago Infrastructure Trust has announced the receipt of two, separate unsolicited proposals to implement Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems throughout the City. As per the Trust’s Contracting Manual, an Open Bidding Process has been initiated, and any alternative proposals are due by October 24, 2014 at 9AM CT.  

Trust Applies for CNG “Tiger Team” Grant

The Chicago Infrastructure Trust has contacted the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to apply for a “Tiger Team” grant for technical consultancy reimbursement related to its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Open Bidding Process, a service valued at up to $30K. The NREL approved the project on October 29, 2014 and is in the process of finalizing non-disclosure agreements with the Trust to exchange data and

Municipal Buildings Retrofit Construction Begins

Construction for the Municipal Buildings Retrofit project is underway and will be led by Ameresco Inc., Noresco, LLC and Schneider Electric Buildings Americas, Inc. Some of the 60 locations to be serviced include: City Hall Harold Washington Library Public Safety Headquarters Chicago Cultural Center Roseland Health Center 11th District Police Station Pershing Road Warehouse The Trust forecasts an 18% annual reduction in building energy usage as

PACE Open Bidding Process Closes

The Open Bidding Process regarding the establishment of a commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) special assessment program has closed. This follows the Trust’s receipt of an unsolicited proposal regarding a PACE program in January 2014. Open bidding commenced on June 2, 2014.  

PACE Open Bidding Process Commences

Following an unsolicited proposal to establish a commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) special assessment program, the Trust is soliciting alternative proposals through an Open Bidding Process.  All proposals are due June 26, 2014 by 5 PM CDT.