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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Xcel Energy (Electric) - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/02/2014
Program Overview:
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Motors, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Evaporative Coolers, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Personal Computing Equipment, Data Center Equipment, Recommissioning, Energy Audits
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Schools, Local Government, State Government
Amount:Specific Technologies: Varies (see program website)
Recommissioning: 75% of cost, up to $25,000
Energy Design Assistance: Free
Whole Building/Custom Efficiency Rebates: $400/kW + $0.04/kWh
Maximum Incentive:Varies by technology
Eligible System Size:Recommissioning: 50,000 sq. ft. or more
Commercial Real Estate: 50,000 sq. ft. or more
Self Direct Custom Efficiency: Must have an aggregate peak load of 2 MW at all meters in any single month and an aggregated annual energy usage of at least 10 GWh
Equipment Requirements:See program website
Installation Requirements:See program website
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Xcel Energy offers rebate programs for Colorado commercial and industrial customers for a wide range of energy efficiency technologies including but not limited to heating and cooling, motors, lighting, and refrigeration. In many cases, Xcel energy will cover at least part of the cost of the assessment, in addition to the equipment and installation rebates. Xcel Energy can also connect business customers who are interested in financing to several third-party lending institutions. 

Information on incentive amounts and efficiency specifications can be found at the program website; for more information on the rebate programs, customers should contact their account manager.

Custom Energy Efficiency Program

Energy efficiency measures that exceed standard options but aren’t covered under prescriptive rebate programs fall under the Custom Energy Efficiency Program. Pre-approval is required to be reimbursed for custom measures. Eligible projects receive rebates up to $400 per kilowatt (kW) and $0.04 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

Energy Efficient Building Program

Colorado businesses can take advantage of Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB), a prescriptive approach to obtaining rebates for new construction, major renovations and additions. EEB rebates are based on Xcel Energy’s prescriptive programs, such as motors, cooling, and heating. EEB also rebates for approved non-prescriptive (custom) measures which are based on Xcel Energy’s custom program.

While this program is intended for buildings with square footage between 5,000 to 50,000 square feet, any building above 5,000 square feet may apply to the Energy Efficient Building program. Amounts vary depending on equipment purchased and installed.

Energy Management Systems Program

Colorado businesses can earn rebates on improvements to building controls with the Energy Management Systems (EMS) program. Pre-approval is required.

Energy Design Assistance

Energy Design Assistance (EDA) is a free, comprehensive approach to energy and cost savings for business customers who are considering new construction or renovation projects. Xcel electric customers are eligible for rebates of up to $400 per kW and $0.04 per kWh for approved measures. The minimum project size is 20,000 square feet (new construction, major renovations, or additions).

Energy Analysis

Xcel also offers engineering assistance efficiency studies and rebates of 75% up to $25,000 that help build a business case for running operations with the greatest efficiency. Contact Xcel for more information on these offerings.

Data Center Efficiency Program

Xcel also offers data center and engineering assistance efficiency studies and rebates of 75% up to $25,000 that help build a business case for running data centers with the greatest efficiency.

Small Business Lighting program

The Small Business Lighting program offers a free lighting audit and lighting retrofit rebates. The program provides special services for small and mid-sized business that have peak demand of 400 kW or less. Customers can call 1-877-287-2250 to verify eligibility and receive assistance with rebate paperwork.


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