Eligibility Requirements and Training Calendar

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Service Provider (EESP) Incubator Program

Program Eligibility

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a contractor in business for at least 2 years performing one of the following trades:
    1. Electrical/Lighting
    2. HVAC
    3. Engineering/Design
    4. General Contracting
    5. Weatherization
  2. Eligible to do business in the state of Illinois: You will be asked to upload your Certificate of Good Standing
  3. Insured: You will be asked to upload your Certificate(s) of Insurance
  4. Ability to commit to attending all training webinars and scheduling regular one-on-one check-in sessions.
  5. Ability to commit to renewing or obtaining for the first time an Illinois Commerce Commission Certification.

Incubator Program Timeline

The first portion of the program year will consist of 9 mandatory webinars on Monday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm. These sessions are designed to prepare participants to be successful as ComEd Energy Efficiency Service Providers. The webinar topics are outlined below:

Date Day of week Topic
5/1/2023 Monday Incubator Program Overview; Introduction to Energy Efficiency
5/8/2023 Monday Introduction to ComEd Residential and Business Program Offerings Part 1
5/15/2023 Monday Introduction to ComEd Residential and Business Program Offerings Part 2
5/22/2023 Monday EESP network application / DBE certifications / ICC Certification
5/30/2023 Tuesday * Selling Energy Efficiency Projects
6/5/2023 Monday Marketing Your Business
6/12/2023 Monday Business Model Canvass Activity
6/20/2023 Tuesday * Project Financing and Business Resources
6/26/2023 Monday Energy Efficiency Projects and Application Best Practices / Introduction Mentorship
  (* Due to holiday)

Starting in May, participants will also meet with a member of the program team for weekly one-on-one check-ins.

Upon completion of the above webinars, program participants will be invited to join self-paced two-week learning modules focused on back-office support topics such as budgeting, financial tools, building a web presence, and becoming a CEO. A Completion Ceremony will be held in September 2023 to celebrate the academic accomplishments of the 2023 cohort to date, including the completion of all training modules.

From July to December 2023, cohort members will continue meeting one-on-one with the program team for support with submitting ComEd EESP Network applications, communicate with ICs, and complete their Business Growth Plans. Participants will also be matched with a peer mentor for one-on-one support.