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13 Changes to Utility Energy Efficiency Programs in Pennsylvania

It's that time of the year again when Pennsylvania utilities make changes to their energy efficiency incentive programs. We wanted to make sure you were up to date on the most recent changes that are currently in effect.

Here are the program changes listed by utility:

PPL

  • Pre-qualification is now required for ALL projects – project applications must be submitted and approved BEFORE material purchase (if you have already purchased equipment or materials for a project that won’t be finished until after June 1, 2014, we can submit a pre-qualification application for you now so that the project can still qualify for rebates)
  • Saying goodbye to a few lighting staples...the following measures will no longer be eligible for rebate: CFLs, Standard T8s (not including high performance/reduced wattage T8s), Metal Halides, and Induction Lighting
  • Hello to a new opportunity! Ground Source Heat Pump rebates are now available for GNI customers. Beginning June 1, 2014, equipment ≤ 5.4 tons installed in a retrofit application will be eligible for a rebate of $300/ton. An AHRI certificate must be submitted with the rebate application.
  • Custom Incentive Program
    • Rebates will now be paid at $0.10 per kilowatt hour (kWh) saved in the first year vs. $0.08.
    • Projects must exceed a minimum Total Resource Cost (TRC) of 1.1 (1.25 for combined heat and power projects) to be eligible for the Custom Incentive Program.
    • The customer rebate limit will be increased to $500,000 per customer site per year or $1 million per parent company per year for customers with multiple sites. Caps are per program year. Rebate cannot exceed 50% of the incremental measure cost.
    • Measures listed in the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Technical Reference Manual (TRM) can only be paid through the Fixed Rebate program (if offered). If a measure is listed in the TRM, it will not be eligible through the Custom Incentive program
  • 180 Day Rolling Deadline – this isn't new for the program year but its something to keep in mind that installed projects must be submitted within 180 days from final installation. A good rule of thumb is to get the projects to us 30 days or more prior to the deadline to give us time to get the project processed.

First Energy

  • Pre-approval is now required for projects over 500,000 kWh
  • Pre-approval is now required for ALL “Custom” projects
  • 180 Day Rolling Deadline – this isn't new for the program year but its something to keep in mind that installed projects must be submitted within 180 days from final installation. A good rule of thumb is to get the projects to us 30 days or more prior to the deadline to give us time to get the project processed.

PECO

  • Pre-approval is now required for ALL projects
  • 120 Day Rolling Deadline – different from the 180 day rolling deadline for the other utilities, documentation for installed projects in PECO territory must be submitted within 120 days from final installation

Duquesne Light

  • Lighting - metering or data loggers will be required for projects with over 500,000 kWh savings and over 20kW demand savings
  • All Other Measures - metering or data loggers will be required for projects with over 250,000 kWh savings
  • 180 Day Rolling Deadline – this isn't new for the program year but its something to keep in mind that installed projects must be submitted within 180 days from final installation. A good rule of thumb is to get the projects to us 30 days or more prior to the deadline to give us time to get the project processed.
Ashley Garia
Ashley Garia
Director of Marketing & CX, Encentiv Energy

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