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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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ComEd - Smart Ideas for Business Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/09/2012
Program Overview:
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motors, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Room Air Conditioners, Evaporative Coolers, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Personal Computing Equipment, Data Center Equipment, Food Service Equipment, LED Lighting, Heat pump Water Heaters, Commercial Retro-Commissioning, Demand Controlled Ventilation, Energy Management Systems, Air-Side Economizers
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Multi-Family Residential, Private Schools
Amount:PTAC and Heat Pumps: $30/ton
Room AC: $30/ton
Air and Water-Cooled Chillers: $20-$30/ton + $3.50/EE bonus
Building Energy Management System: $0.20/sq ft
Guest Room Energy Management $25 or $65/unit
Demand Controlled Ventilation for Office Space: $30/1,000 sq ft
VSD for Chiller: $25/HP
Air-Side Economizer: $40/ton
VSD for Fans/Pumps: $60/HP
VSD on Pool Pump: $100/HP
Retrofit Compressor/Industrial Process Fan and Pump (up to 200 HP) with VSD: $60/HP
New Air Compressor (up to 100 HP) with Integrated VSD: $100/HP
Demand Controlled Ventilation Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Fan: $350/HP
Combination Oven: $1,000
Steam Cooker: $375
Hot Holding Cabinet: $250
Electric Heat Pump Water Heater: $200
Anti-Sweat Heater Controls: $30/linear ft
EC Motors for Coolers and Freezers: $35-$90/motor
Evaporator Fan Controls: $25/motor
Efficient Refrigeration Condenser: $10/ton
LED Refrigerated Display Case Lighting: $20/ft (open case) or $50/door
Display Case Lighting Controls: $8/ft (open case) or $30/door
New T8 or T5 fixtures: $0.40/watt reduced
T12 to T8 retrofit: $3-$6 per lamp
LED High-bay, Low-bay and Aisle LED Fixtures: $45-90/fixture
Outdoor Pole/Arm-Mounted Area LED Luminaires: $45-$90/fixture
Outdoor Pole/Arm-Mounted Decorative LED Luminaires: $45-$90/fixture
LED Luminaires: $45-$90/fixture
Outdoor Wall-mounted Area LED Luminaires: $45-$90/fixture
Wall-wash LED Luminaires: $15/fixture
LED Bollard: $15/fixture
LED Signage: $40/sign; $12 - $30/letter
LED Fixture: $0.50/watt reduced Exit Signs: $20/sign
Hardwired CFL Fixtures: $20 - $50
Sensor Controlled Bi-Level/Wall Pack Fixture: $100 - $135
Metal Halide Fixtures: $30-$80/fixture
Induction Fixtures: $0.40/watt reduced
Other Lighting: $0.05/kWh saved annually
De-lamping: $3-$16/lamp removed
Networked PC Energy Management Software: $7/computer
Occupancy Sensor: $0.12/watt controlled
Plug Load Occupancy Sensor: $10
Occupancy Sensor plus Daylighting Controls: $0.18/watt controlled
Daylighting Controls: $0.12/watt controlled
Bi-Level Fixtures with Integrated Sensors: $25/fixture
Outdoor Lighting Controls: $25-$135/fixture
Energy Star Refurbished Vending Machine: $50
Snack or Beverage Machine Controls: $30 or $100
Reach-in Cooler Controls: $40
Energy Star Freezers: $100 - $200
Energy Star Ice Machines: $100-$200
Custom Incentive: $0.07/kWh saved annually
Early Commitment Option: $0.06/kWh saved annually
Maximum Incentive:New T5 or T8 fixtures: $150/fixture
100% of the incremental cost and 50% of the total cost
Eligible System Size:Vary by measure
Equipment Requirements:Vary by measure
LED lighting fixtures must be DLC qualified
Installation Requirements:Retro-commissioning: must be willing to spend $10,000 or $20,000 (depending on project size) to implement identified measures.
Funding Source:Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) surcharge
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Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) offers its non-residential Illinois customers a wide range of incentives for the installation of energy efficiency improvements. To participate, customers must be a delivery service customer of ComEd with a valid account number on an eligible ComEd non-residential rate. Electricity can be supplied by a retail electric supplier (RES) as long as the electricity is delivered by ComEd. The account must be in the customer’s name. Customers of municipal utilities in such towns as Naperville, St. Charles, Batavia, Geneva, Winnetka and Rochelle are not eligible for the Smart Ideas programs because they do not pay into the fund.

Standard incentive amounts vary according to equipment type, size, and relative level of energy efficiency. Custom incentives are based on the amount of energy that a given improvement saves per year. Custom measures must comply with minimum and maximum payback period requirements. Standard incentives 50% of the project cost.

Projects involving only equipment that qualifies for a standard incentive are not eligible for custom incentives. However, projects that involve a combination of standard measures and measures not eligible for standard incentives may be permitted to apply under the custom program. The following measures are specifically defined as ineligible to receive incentives:

  • Fuel switching
  • On-site electricity generation
  • Operational and maintenance practice changes or simple control modifications not involving capital costs
  • Peak shifting
  • Measures installed or receiving funding under another utility incentive program
  • Renewables


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