Searching for energy efficiency incentives?
Want money for becoming more energy efficient? Besides the
obvious payoff of reduced energy bills, rebate and incentive dollars are out
there if you know where to look.
MidAmerican Energy offers energy
efficiency rebates to its non-residential customers Illinois. Amounts vary; rebate eligibility
depends on the technology and its efficiency. Programs that could qualify
include heating and cooling equipment; lighting; motors and variable speed
drives; and insulation.
Southern California Edison (SCE) offers
incentives for non-residential customers, regardless of size and energy usage.
Prescriptive rebates are available for lighting, refrigeration, premium
efficiency motors and air conditioning technologies. SCE demand curtailment
programs are also available, with rebates or rate discounts available to
customers who agree to have their energy usage curtailed during peak periods
Seems like every week, one hears something about rebates and
financial incentives for industries including manufacturing. But what we hear
is that funds are available or that manufacturers should check into them. So,
if all that money is available, where is it coming from? More importantly, how
do you get your hands on it?
The Illinois and California offerings are
Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of
information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that
promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to information
Established in 1995, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center
and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). It is funded by the U.S.
Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE),
primarily through the Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis (PBA). The site
is administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is
operated for DOE by the Alliance
for Sustainable Energy, LLC.
The site’s home page displays a U.S. map with embedded links for
each state. By clicking on an individual state, users are directed to that
state’s landing page, each of which contains links for rebates, incentives,
loans, grants and policies provided by utilities and/or state or federal
It also provides information about Federal incentives and
policies for renewable energy and efficiency. A brief list of the many
offerings include Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction; Business
Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC); U.S. Department of Treasury – Renewable
Energy Grants; Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs); Qualifying Advanced Energy
Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit; and Interconnection Standards for Small
Making your plant more energy efficient will result in
reduced energy bills. But tapping into a rebate or incentive program could go a
long way toward offsetting the costs of energy efficiency improvements.