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National Grid (Electric) - Large Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/19/2012
Program Overview:
State: Rhode Island
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Vending Machine Controls, Food Service Equipment, LED Lighting, Energy Management Systems, Economizers, Demand Controlled Ventilation
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Multi-Family Residential, Institutional, Retail Supplier
Amount:Schools and New Buildings Custom Incentives: 75% of additional cost for efficiency upgrades
AC/Heat Pumps: $30 - $125/ton
Water Source Heat Pumps: $80 - $150/ton
Dual Enthalpy Economizer: $250/unit
Demand Controlled Ventilation: $200/unit
ECM Fan Motors: $150/motor
Existing Buildings Custom Incentives: 50% of the project cost
Variable Speed Drives: $2,550 - $10,500
Fluorescent Fixture Replacements (T5/T8): $15 - $25/fixture
Fluorescent Fixture Replacements (2x2/2x4): $40 - $75/fixture
Fluorescent Fixture Replacements (4-8 ft): $40 - $75/fixture
Fluorescent Fixture Replacements (1x4/2x4 Cleanroom Rated): $60/fixture
CFL Fixtures: $20 - $40/fixture
LED Exit Fixtures: $20/fixture
Metal Halide Fixtures: $20 - $85/fixture
Fluorescent Fixtures (High/Low Bay): $90 - $150/fixture
LEDs (Interior): $20-$60/fixture
LEDs (Freezer Case/Refrigeration): $20-$60/fixture
LEDs (Garage/Canopy): $200/fixture
Lighting Controls/Sensors: $20-$85
Vending Machines: $45 or $115
Hotel Occupancy Sensors: $75/sensor
Energy Management Systems: $225/EMS strategy point
Commercial Food Service Equipment: Varies
Maximum Incentive:Custom Incentives: 50% of engineering studies and total costs until project reaches a 1.5 year simple payback.
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National Grid offers electric energy efficiency programs for large commercial and industrial customers.

New Construction: National Grid’s new construction program offers energy strategies, technical assistance and financial incentives to customers who are building new facilities, adding capacity for manufacturing, replacing failed equipment or undergoing major renovations. In addition to providing support – both technical and financial -- in the energy-efficient design of new buildings, financial incentives pay up to 75% of the incremental costs for the high efficiency materials and systems.

Existing Facility: National Grid’s program for existing buildings provides technical assistance and incentives to upgrade the performance of existing equipment and systems, Incentives are designed to pay, on average, approximately 40%-50% of the equipment and labor costs of installing new high-efficiency equipment. Incentives for custom projects provide up to 50% of the equipment and labor costs of installing new, high-efficiency equipment. View the program web site listed above for more details on incentive schedules.

National Grid also offers a range of related services that complement the above two energy efficiency programs and assist large commercial customers with identifying and installing energy efficient technologies.
  • Technical Assistance—Engineering and support services available to help identify, evaluate, and implement energy efficient opportunities for a facility.
  • Turnkey Services—Authorized, qualified vendors to identify and install energy efficient equipment.
  • Commissioning—A quality control process to ensure that the heating, cooling, and other mechanical systems work efficiently together to save energy and reduce operating costs.
  • Buyers Alliance—Lighting equipment discounts on lighting energy efficient products.
  • Financing—Designed to help assist with funding for qualifying energy efficiency projects.
Small/Mid-Sized business customers can participate in the New Construction Program, Existing Facility Program or may be eligible to participate in National Grid’s Small/Mid-Sized Business Program.

  National Grid Commercial Energy Efficiency
Energy Efficiency Program
1341 Elmwood Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
Phone: (800) 292-2032
Phone 2: (800) 843-3636
Fax: (401) 784-3710
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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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