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Energy Efficiency Fund (Electric) - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/19/2012
Program Overview:
State: Connecticut
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Windows, Roofs, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Evaporative Coolers, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Personal Computing Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Retro-Commissioning, Custom HVAC, Cool Roofs, Pool Covers, LED Lighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, State Government, Multi-Family Residential, Institutional
Amount:Incentives Vary Widely
Maximum Incentive:Contact EEF
Eligible System Size:Participants must incorporate two electric end-uses with at least 15% of project energy savings.
Small Business Energy Advantage: annual peak demand 10-200 kW.
Equipment Requirements:Participants must replace existing functioning equipment.
Check FAQs for chiller requirements; all other equipment, components or systems must meet the minimum requirements of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 with all published addenda.
HVAC: Split systems must meet ARI specifications.
Funding Source:Energy Efficiency Fund
Start Date:1/20/2012
Expiration Date:12/31/2012
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All Connecticut Utilities implement electric and gas efficiency rebate programs funded by Connecticut's public benefits charge through the Energy Efficiency Fund. The Connecticut Light and Power Company, The United Illuminating Company, Connecticut Natural Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas, and Yankeegas commercial customers can access the following programs:

The Small Business Energy Advantage provides an energy professional to analyze energy use and design a plan to lower consumption and energy costs. The energy assessment is free. The Program provides 30% to 40% of installation upgrade cost as a 0% interest loan in addition to rebates.

The Operations & Maintenance Services programs help commercial and industrial customers improve the maintenance and operation of electric equipment. Through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, utilities will pay part or all of the cost for analysis and installation of measures which meet the program requirements. Cost to the customer for analysis will be reimbursed at project completion. Measures are decided by the result of the energy assessment and vary at each facility. Some of the more common measures include: modifications to existing energy management sytems, pumps, and fans, HVAC and compressed air.

The Cool Choice Program offers rebates to commercial, industrial or agricultural customers of the United Illuminating Company that install high-efficiency air conditioning and air to air heat pump systems. The amount of the rebate varies depending on the SEER, EER, HPSF and size. Pre-approval from participating electric utility or sponsor required if the rebate total is greater than $5,000. Applications must be received within 30 days of equipment installation.

The Electric Solutions Program gives rebates to industrial, commercial, institutional, and agricultural customers for installing custom chilled water systems, electric ovens and furnaces, immersion heating applications, heat pump applications, infrared and ultraviolet heating, drying and curing.

The Express Lighting Rebate Program is provided to install energy efficient lighting fixtures into already existing facilities. New construction projects are not eligible. There must be at least a 10% system wattage reduction between the old and new system wattage for the project to qualify. A wide range of lighting equipment, including sensors, is eligible for rebates on a per-unit basis ranging from $10 to $50 per fixture.

Customers may also be interested in the Retro-Commissioning Program, which helps facilities significantly cut costs through optimizing equipment. Commissioning reports recommend certain energy efficient measures to be carried out by pre-approved energy efficiency professionals.

  Customer Service
Connecticut Light & Power
107 Selden Street
Berlin, CT 06037
Phone: (800) 286-2000
Fax: (860) 665-3030
Web Site:
  Rich Asselin
Connecticut Light & Power
New Construction
107 Selden Street
Berlin, CT 06037
Phone: (860) 665-3292
Fax: (860) 665-3030
Web Site:
  Roy Haller
The United Illuminating Company
157 Church Street, MS1-68
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 499-2025
Phone 2: (800) 722-5584
Fax: (203) 499-5973
Web Site:
  Glen Eigo
Connecticut Light & Power
107 Sleden Street
Berlin, CT 06037
Phone: (860) 665-5084
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