Ohio and Pennsylvania Customers: Are you taking advantage of PJM incentives?

There is a lot of talk about local utility rebates as incentives for energy-efficiency projects, but did you know you can also receive rewards from PJM? To learn more about PJM incentives, click here.

PJM incentives are available to customers throughout the entire PJM territory, but let’s take a moment to focus specifically on First Energy Ohio and Penn Power utility customers.

Why are First Energy Ohio and Penn Power customers important? For this coming year (2015/2016), PJM-eligible projects in this zone are worth approximately 2–2.5 times more than projects of the same size located in other PJM zones.

So what does that mean for you? Let’s look at an example.

A furniture store in Ohio replaced 39 watt CHM lamps with 14.3 watt LEDs in 2013. This lighting project resulted in an energy savings of 38.2 kilowatts (kW) and allowed them to take advantage of both local mercantile utility rebates and PJM incentives.

Encentiv Energy was able to take the project paperwork that had already been submitted for a mercantile utility rebate and process it for PJM incentives as well. In total, this customer will receive an additional $2,801—with no additional work required—because we already had their project information in-house.

This works out to be more than the customer would have received had their store been located in another zone.

How it would compare:

38.2 kW project in Penn Power or First Energy Ohio: $2,801
38.2 kW project in MetEd, Penelec, PPL or PECO: $2,163
38.2 kW project in Western Ohio, Duquesne Light or West Penn Power: $1,778

If you are a customer who has done an energy-efficiency project, and you would like to find out how much you can expect in PJM incentives, send us an email or call us at 855.896.0568.

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.

First Energy PA: New Bonus Available!

Government, Non-Profit, and Institutional (includes schools, institutions of higher education and hospitals) Customers in the First Energy PA Territory – this is for you!

(First Energy PA utilities include West Penn Power, Penn Power, Penelec, and Metropolitan Edison)

Bonus available from July 1st – September 30, 2014: an additional $0.05 incentive per kWh for non-lighting projects and an additional $0.03 per kWh for lighting projects. Remember, pre-approval is required!

It is highly recommended to have applications submitted before September 15 to allow time for processing and approval before the September 30 deadline.

For assistance or additional details on the bonus incentive program, please call 855-896-0568 or email info@encentivenergy.com

*This is a limited time offer from July 1 to September 30, 2014, and may be withdrawn at any time.