The Rebate Review
Issue 12
June 3, 2014
  
In this issue: 
 
Program Updates
     * Indiana - Legislation Continues to Make Changes
     * NatGrid NY & RI - Exterior LED bonuses for Grocery Stores
     * ComEd (IL) - Launched Program Year 7 on June 1st
     * AEP (OH) - Announces Bonus Incentives
     * CoServ (TX) - Lighting Budget Depleted
     * Gulf Power (FL) - Program Temporarily Suspended
     * DTE Energy (MI) - New Payouts and Funding Update
     * Sharyland Utilities (TX) - New Program Announced
 
Industry News
     * New Energy-Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors, Coolers, Freezers
     * Internap Data Center is First in Atlanta to Receive ENERGY STAR Rating
     * Walmart Commits to Doubling On-site Solar Projects
     * U.S. Parking Facilities Cut Energy Use by 90 Percent

Indiana - Legislation Continues to Make Changes

The energy efficiency progam offered since 2012 on a statewide basis through Energizing Indiana will end as of December 31, 2014.  The new law further directs that large commercial and industrial customers who meet certain criteria be allowed to "opt out" of participation in utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs. Read more here.

NatGrid NY & RI - Exterior LED Bonuses for Grocery Stores

The higher incentives are only available to the first 50 retail grocery locations that sign up and all projects must complete installation by October 31, 2014. 

 

Upgrade

Per-Fixture 

 Incentive

LED outdoor wall-mounted/pole/arm-mounted area fixtures (200 W or more)

$600 (up from $300)

LED parking garage and fuel pump canopy luminaries

 

$300 (up from $200)

LED outdoor wall-mounted/pole/arm-mounted area fixtures (100 W-199 W)

$225 to $300 (up from $150)

ED outdoor wall-mounted/pole/arm-mounted area fixtures (20 W-99 W) 

$150 (up from $75)


ComEd (IL) - Launched Program Year 7 on June 1st

Revised payouts and new program applications are part of the launch of ComEd's 7th year of energy efficiency incentives.  New and revised payouts include Compressed Air, HVAC, Refrigeration, Commercial Kitchen and Lighting measures.  Additional details can be found here.

AEP (OH) - Announces Bonus Incentives

AEP OH will be offering 10% bonuses for Final Applications submitted in the  following programs during the noted months:

  • June: Metal Halide/HID to LED or Linear Fluorescent Lights 
  • July: Custom Projects 
  • August: VFDs/Motors       

CoServ (TX) - Lighting Budget Depleted

The Commercial Lighting Rebate budget was fully depleted for 2014.  Additional funds may become available later this year but most likely not until January 2015.  Additional details can be found here.  CoServ is headquartered in Corinth, Texas and provides electric service across six counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Gulf Power (FL) - Program Temporarily Suspended

The Earth Cents Incentive Program is "temporarily suspended" with no targeted date for re-opening.  Additional details can be found here.  Gulf Power's service territory spans the area from the Alabama border on the west to the Apalachicola River on the east and from the Alabama border on the north to the Gulf of Mexico on the south. Gulf Power serves approximately 435,000 throughout Northwest Florida. 

DTE Energy (MI) - New Payouts and Funding Update

As of May 28, 2014, the payouts for a total of 34 measures altered, including Interior HID to fluorescent, HVAC controls, Occupancy Sensors and Controls, VFDs for Process Pumps and some Custom measures.  As of May 26th, DTE's Electric rebate program had 81% of available funds reserved and 77% for its Gas program.  Additional details can be found here.  DTE Electric transmits and distributes electricity to 2.1 million customers in southeastern Michigan; it is the largest electric utility in Michigan. 

Sharyland Utilities (TX) - New Program Announced

Effective April 22, 2014 Sharyland Utilities opened up their Commercial Standard Offer Programs for 2014.  The Sharyland Commercial Standard Offer Program provides incentives for new construction and retrofit installations for a wide range of measures that reduce customer energy costs as well as peak demand.  Additional details can be found here. 

New Energy-Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors, Coolers, Freezers

As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which called for efficiency standards that cut carbon pollution and save money by saving energy, the Energy Department announced two new energy efficiency standards for electric motors, walk-in coolers and freezers. Electric motors are used extensively in a variety of applications, such as industrial machines, conveyor belts and escalators. Last year, approximately 5 million electric motors were shipped in the United States. A standard 30 horsepower electric motor consumes approximately 62,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The new standard will save consumers up to nearly $16 billion and prevent 96 million metric tons of CO2 through 2030.  See more from DOE. 

Internap Data Center is First in Atlanta to Receive ENERGY STAR Rating

Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a provider of high-performance Internet infrastructure services, today announced that its downtown Atlanta data center has received ENERGY STAR certification. ENERGY STAR certification is a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify ways in which energy efficiency can be measured, documented and implemented in data centers. Following a 12-month process of recording energy savings at the facility, the achievement marks the first and only ENERGY STAR certification of a public data center in the city of Atlanta.  Read more here.

  • 1.8 times the national average for data centers with an ENERGY STAR overall efficiency performance rating of 89.
  • 17.2% below the national average of energy intensity -- the amount of energy the data center consumes.
  • 17% below the national average of greenhouse gas emissions -- based on an analysis of the data center's power consumption, utility provider and the power plant.
Walmart Commits to Doubling On-site Solar Projects

Walmart announced that it will double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, Sam's Clubs and distribution centers by 2020. The commitment is part of Walmart's global initiative to drive the production or procurement of 7 billion kWh of renewable energy by the end of 2020.  Over the last few years Walmart has made significant progress toward its goal to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy. With today's commitment, Walmart will further extend its leadership in renewables, by doubling its solar energy projects in the United States and Puerto Rico over the next six years, compared to a 2013 baseline.   Read more here.

U.S. Parking Facilities Cut Energy Use by 90 Percent

 As part of the Energy Department's commitment to helping U.S. businesses save money by saving energy, the Department's Better Buildings Alliance is supporting the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign.  To date, more than 100 U.S. businesses and organizations are participating in the campaign by planning on or installing energy efficient lighting in their parking lots and garages. In the past year, these organizations have committed to installing efficient lighting across more than 270 million square feet of parking space - cutting energy use by up to 90 percent. See more from DOE.

 

 

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