Incentives

Behind the Meter Podcast: CLEAResult’s Michele Negley on Energy Rebates

Carl Weinschenk

Michele Negley, the Senior Vice President for CLEAResult ‘s Southern Region, says that the biggest obstacle to businesses winning rebates is not the reluctance to make necessary energy efficiency investments. It is developing the decision making framework required to put the programs in place. Once the team forms and becomes engaged, rebates — many from   …Continue Reading


Municipalities Like Solar Energy and Power Purchase Agreements

Carl Weinschenk

Municipalities big and small increasingly are looking to power purchase agreements (PPAs) to finance solar projects. On Monday, PennEnergy reported that the small upstate New York city of Watervliet has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison for almost 1 MW of DC solar power. The power, the story says, will be used in   …Continue Reading


Changing Winds on Ways and Means — PTC Future Uncertain

Elizabeth Noll

This article was co-authored by Emily Barkdoll. With Congressman Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) becoming Speaker of the House, his seat as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is up for grabs. Both Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) have thrown their hats into the ring to succeed him. The House Ways and   …Continue Reading


Pediatric Clinic Nets $4,000 Rebate for LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Utica Pediatrics worked with BlueRock Energy Services to retrofit its office with LEDs. It had been lit with lamps that were metered at 2700K, close to the color of standard incandescents, according to a Noesis case study. The LED replacement lamps that were installed are rated at 5,000K, the equivalent to daylight. The project saves   …Continue Reading


Community College Nets $80K in Lighting Rebates

Linda Hardesty

San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) chose Cree energy efficient LED lighting for its campus along with Cree SmartCast technology. The college upgraded its administrative offices with the LED lights and controls and is now consuming up to 75 percent less lighting energy. The college also received over $80,000 in rebates for the project. The   …Continue Reading


Low Cost of Oil Causes NYSERDA to Boost Wood Heating Incentives

Linda Hardesty

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) increased levels of support through Renewable Heat NY for high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating systems. NYSERDA is increasing the levels of state support in response to market changes. It says the price of oil is down 25 percent since Renewable Heat NY was launched in July   …Continue Reading


Convention Center Snags $60,000 from PECO for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The Pennsylvania Convention Center completed three LED lighting projects and received $60,000 in PECO Smart Ideas rebates. During the past two years, the convention center has replaced lighting throughout the facility and in the adjacent 12th Street tunnel with energy-efficient LED lighting. This new lighting will save about 607,000 kWh annually. PECO Smart Ideas, a suite   …Continue Reading


Optimizing Set Points, Equipment Controls Saves 6% in Energy

Linda Hardesty

SmartWatt Energy completed an energy upgrade project for wire rope manufacturer Bridon American at its Hanover, Pennsylvania, facility. Prior to the energy efficiency project, the manufacturer’s facilities consumed over 13 million kWh per year. After the installation of an energy management system and program to optimize set points, sequences and operating schedules of equipment, electric   …Continue Reading


How to Think about Energy Efficiency

Marc Karell

I recently gave a talk to an engineering society about sustainability, with the emphasis on energy conservation and greenhouse gas emission reductions. I discussed “The 9 Purely Business Reasons to Reduce Energy” (see www.ccesworld.com/blog) to demonstrate the many purely common sense, financial reasons for companies to invest in energy efficiency. Gosh, give credit to us   …Continue Reading


Businesses Offered ‘Instant Rebates’ via Utility Program

Linda Hardesty

Hawaii Energy launched a Lighting Distributor Instant Rebate program to provide businesses, and the contractors who serve them, instant lighting rebates (as much as 75 percent of costs) at the time of purchase. Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, developed the program to help contractors and   …Continue Reading