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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Consumers Energy (Electric) - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/04/2014
Program Overview:
State: Michigan
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Equipment Insulation, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Windows, Motors, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, LED Lighting, Ice Machines, Pool Heaters, Refrigerated Case Lighting, EC Motors, Night Covers, Vending Machine Controls, Demand Controlled Ventilation, Energy Management Systems
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential
Amount:AC/Heat Pump Systems: $25 - $40/ton
Ground Source Heat Pump: $30/ton
Air/Water-Cooled Chiller: $30/ton
Chiller Controls: $1.50
Demand Controlled Ventilation: $0.02/square foot
Hotel Guestroom Occupancy Sensor: $65
Cooling Energy Management System: $0.13/sq. ft.
Pool Covers: $0.50/sq. ft. surface area
Custom: $0.08/kWh saved
Lighting: CFL Lamp: $2 - $8
CFL Replacing HID Fixture: $0.15/watt reduced
LED Lamp/Fixture (Interior): $5 - $10
Linear Retrofit Fixtures: $0.08 - $0.60/watt reduced
New HP or RW T8/T5 Interior Fixtures: $0.30/watt reduced
LED Signs: $12.50
Lighting Occupancy Sensors: $0.08/watt controlled
Lighting Controls: $0.06/square foot
Interior Occupancy Sensor: $25
Permanent Lamp Removal: $4 - $10
VFD for Chiller/Motors/Pumps: $40 - $60/HP
Advanced Air Distributing Systems: $0.60 - $0.70/sq. ft.
Clothes Washer: $25 - $100
Dish Washer: $50 - $750
Commercial Refrigeration: Varies
Air Conditioning: $30 - $40
Computer Room HVAC: $16
Tankless water heater: $100
Heating incentives: Varies
HVAC/Process BoilersStack Economizer: $0.15 - $1
Ventilation Reduction: $0.15 - $175
Energy Recovery: $0.35 - $0.40
Unitary Controls: $0.05 - $0.12/sq ft., $80/unit
Boiler Controls: $0.15 - $0.50/MBH
Centralized Energy Management Systems: $0.30/sq ft.
Laboratory: Varies
Tune-Up/Repair Boiler: $350 - $500
Tune-Up/Repair Furnace: $125
Maximum Incentive:Prescriptive: $200,000 per facility
Custom: 50% of project cost and $200,000 per facility (100% of the calculated incentive up to $200,000 and 50% of the calculated incentive above $200,000)
Large Gas Customer Incentive per gas facility: $100,000
Customer Incentive Limit: $1,000,000 across all facilities per customer
Equipment Requirements:AC Systems: 14 SEER or 10.4 EER
Ground Source Heat Pump: 17 EER
Air Cooled Chiller: 1.04 kW/ton IPLV
Water Cooled Chiller: IPLV 0.49 - 0.57 Air Conditioning: Minimum 9.9 EER, 11.7 SEER, 11.1 IEER
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 facilities with energy efficient equipment. This incentive program is available to all customers who receive electric 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. Contact Consumers Energy for additional information on these electric or natural gas programs.

  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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