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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Consumers Energy (Gas) - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/12/2014
Program Overview:
State: Michigan
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Steam-system upgrades, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Building Insulation, Windows, Motors, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Ice Machines, Infrared Heaters, Demand Control Ventilation, Demand Controlled Ventilation, Energy Management Systems, Tankless Water Heaters
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential
Amount:Gas Water Heater: $35 or $150
Advanced VFD Applications: $0.13 - $0.40/sq. ft
Steam Trap Replacement: $140
High Efficiency Boilers: $1 - $2/kBtu/hr
High Efficiency Furnace: $1.75 per kBtu/hr or $350
Boiler Tune-Up: $150 - $500
Heat Recovery: $20/HP (Boilers); $0.20 - $0.60/CFM (Process HVAC, Enthalpy)
Furnace Tune-Up: $50 - $125
Modulating Burner Controls: $1250
Boiler Oxygen Trim Control: $0.25 per kBtu/hr
Boiler Water Reset Control: $400
Infrared Heaters: $5 - $8 per kBtu/hr
Energy Management System: Up to $0.30/sq. ft.
Demand Controlled Ventilation:$0.04/sq. ft.
Programmable Thermostat: $0.05/ sq. ft
Hotel Occupancy Sensor: $80
Custom: $5 per MCF
Pipe Insulation: $0.50-$3/ln. ft.
Clothes Washer: $50
Truck Loading Dock Equipment: $100 - $200
Greenhouse Heat Curtains/Infrared Film: $0.05 - $0.20/sq. ft.
Windows: $0.35/sq. ft
Wall Insulation: $0.60/sq. ft.
Roof Insulation: $0.08/sq. ft.
Broilers/Ovens: $400 - $550
Dishwasher: $50 - $450
Clothes Washer: $25
Pool Cover: $0.50/ sq. ft
Maximum Incentive:Prescriptive: $100,000 per facility
Custom: 50% of project cost and $200,000 per facility (100% of the calculated incentive up to $100,000 and 50% of the calculated incentive above $100,000)
Customer Incentive Cap: $500,000
Installation Requirements:Project savings must be sustainable for a period of five years or for the life of the product, whichever is less
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Passage of the Clean, Renewable and Energy Efficiency Act of 2008, paved the way for the Consumers Energy Business Solutions Program to provide incentives for customers who upgrade eligible facilities with energy efficient equipment. This incentive program is available to all customers who receive natural gas delivery service from Consumers Energy. Common areas of multi-family or mixed-use buildings are eligible if on an eligible rate schedule.

Prescriptive incentives are available for energy efficiency equipment upgrades and are paid based on the quantity, size and efficiency of the equipment. Custom incentives are available to customers for more complex energy saving measures and must have a payback period of between 1 and 10 years. Custom incentives are paid based on the first-year energy (kWh or MCF) savings, and are eligible for both gas and electricity rebate amounts. Other Consumers Energy incentives are available through the Small Commercial Direct Install, New Construction, Pilot, Michigan Saves and Self Direct Programs. Additionally, a bonus incentive of 15% may be available to customers who purchase equipment manufactured in Michigan.

Projects that are not eligible for an incentive include:

  • Fuel switching (e.g. electric to gas or gas to electric)
  • Changes in operational and/or maintenance practices or simple control modifications not involving capital costs
  • On-site electricity generation
  • Projects that involve peak-shifting (and not kWh savings)
  • Projects involving renewable energy

Incentives paid through this program may be considered taxable income, and the program is required to report the incentive using the IRS Form 1099 if it is more than $600 for certain types of firms. Incentives will be paid only after the project has been completed and the final application has been submitted, reviewed, and approved.

  Consumers Energy Efficiency
Consumers Energy Business Solutions
P.O. Box 1040
Okemos, MI 48805
Phone: (877) 607-0737
Fax: (877) 607-0738
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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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