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District of Columbia

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Business Energy Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/22/2014
Program Overview:
State: District of Columbia
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Food Service Equipment, LED Lighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Institutional
Amount:Varies by equipment type and amount purchased
Maximum Incentive:Maximum incentive offered will be lessor of
1. calculated incentives as approved by DCSEU
2. 50% of the eligible cost
Equipment Requirements:Vary
Funding Source:Sustainable Energy Trust Fund
Start Date:05/01/2012
Expiration Date:12/31/2014 (2014-2015 Funding)
Web Site:

NOTE: Applications for pre-approval of energy rebates for this program for the year 2015 are being accepted until December 31, 2014 or until the funds are fully committed. 

The District of Columbia's Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) administers the Business Energy Rebate Program. Rebates are available to businesses and institutions for the installation of energy-efficient equipment. The program is funded through the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund which is supported by a public benefits charge on utility bills. To be eligible for the program, participants must be a customer of Pepco Holdings, Inc and/or Washington Gas Light Co. 

Energy efficiency products eligible for rebate include lighting, heating, HVAC, motors, compressed air, refrigeration, food service and others. Rebate levels and technical specifications vary by the type of equipment installed. All projects must be pre-approved by DESEU to secure funding. Applications for the pre-approval of projects for the year 2015 are being accepted until December 31, 2014 or until the funds are fully committed. Rebates will be issued after completion of the project and after inspection by the DCSEU. Projects must involve a facility improvement that will lead to permanent reduction in electricity and/or natural gas use. Only new equipment qualifies under this program. Full lists of specifications, including application forms, are available on the program web site.

Following projects are not eligible for the rebates

  • Fuel Switching (e.g. electric to gas or gas to electric)
  • Changes in operational and/or maintenance practices
  • On-site electricity generation
  • Projects focused primarily on power-factor improvement
  • Projects involve peak-shifting
  • Renewable-energy projects

For more information on the program please call DCSEU Customer Support Specialists at 855-MY-DCSEU (855-693-2738) or visit the program website listed above. 

  District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility
Business Energy Rebate Program
80 M Street SE
Suite 310
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 450-1552
Phone 2: (202) 479-2222
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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