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AEP Ohio - Commercial Self Direct Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 03/11/2013
Program Overview:
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, CHP/Cogeneration, Heat recovery, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Unspecified Technologies, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, LED Lighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government, Fed. Government, Institutional
Amount:75% the lesser of the AEP Ohio calculated credit or 50% of total project costs
Maximum Incentive:75% of 50% of the total cost (additional measure caps may apply)
A Tiered system, based on the total project costs, determines what percentage of the eligible calculated credit is available to the applicant
Eligible System Size:To be eligible, participants must use more than 700,000 kWh or have a national/regional account with multiple facilities in one or more states.
Equipment Requirements:All equipment installed must be new.
Funding Source:Energy Efficiency Standards and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards
Start Date:1/1/2008
Expiration Date:12/31/2013
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AEP Ohio offers incentives for commercial customers who have implemented energy efficiency upgrades as if the customer commits the energy efficiency savings and/or peak demand reductions to AEP Ohio (subject to Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approval). The program is open non-residential customers of AEP Ohio that use more than 700,000 kWh per year or who are part of a national account that involve multiple facilities in one or more states. Only energy efficiency upgrades implemented since January 1, 2008 are eligible. Interested customers must apply first to AEP Ohio, who will review the application and make suggested modifications. Then the application will be submitted to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) for review and final determination. If the incentive is awarded, the customer may choose to receive a rebate which is 75% the lesser of the AEP Ohio calculated credit or 50% of total project costs. A sliding scale incentive reduction will be incorporated when the calculated incentive exceeds $100,000 per project. Visit the program web site for additional qualifications and application information.

*Ohio passed its Energy Efficiency Standards May 2008 (SB 221) requiring utilities to implement energy efficiency programs that achieve over 22% energy savings by 2025 (with incremental benchmark savings required each year). The same bill established Ohio's Alternative Energy Resource Standard (AERS) requiring that 25% of the total number of kilowatt hours of electricity sold to customers come from renewable and alternative energy resources, including efficiency. See DSIRE's AERS record for more information.

  Michelle Cross
AEP Ohio and the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO)
Self-Direct Program
Phone: (614) 883-6772
Web Site:
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