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CenterPoint Energy - Residential and Small Commercial Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/06/2012
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Lighting, Boilers, Central Air conditioners, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, LED Lighting
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Nonprofit, Installer/Contractor, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential, Retail Supplier
Amount:Standard Offer: $265/kW; $0.091/kWh
Ceiling Insulation: $500/kW; $0.20/kWh
Compact Fluorescent Lamps: $135/kW; $0.05/kWh
Central AC and HP Replacements: $477/kW; $0.16/kWh
Window AC Replacement Only: $494/kW; $0.33/kWh
Window AC Replacement + Duct Sealing: $477/kW; $0.284/kWh
Multi-Family Water and Space Heating: $200-$450
Home Performance Program: Up to $3,000
LED Incentives: In-store discounts
A/C Incentives: Dealer and installer discounts
Maximum Incentive:Invoice Request: $8,000/month
Projects Sponsor: $35,000
Eligible System Size:Multi-Family Water and Space Heating: 40-50 gallons
Equipment Requirements:Lighting measure incentives paid should not exceed 65% of the total incentive payable.
Funding Source:Regulated Electric Utilities approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas
Program Budget:$500,000 (Residential); $1.75 million (Hard to Reach)
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CenterPoint Energy's (CNP) Residential and Small Commercial Standard Offer Program (SOP) provides incentives to encourage contractors to install energy efficiency measures in homes and small businesses in CNP's designated service area. Contractors who install energy efficiency measures at a facility that has a maximum demand of no more than 100 kW are eligible to participate in the program as a "project sponsor". Multiple facilities can aggregate projects, but must not have a maximum combined demand of more than 250 kW. All payments to project sponsors are based solely on kW and kWh savings. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Increasing insulation levels in the ceiling, wall or floor
  • Installing energy efficient windows
  • Repairing/replacing the air conditioning duct system
  • Upgrading existing appliances to efficient appliances, such as water heaters, refrigerators, and dishwashers
  • Weatherizing the home to reduce the loss of cool or heated air

Note that CenterPoint Energy is not a party to the agreement between the customer and the project sponsor. CNP pays all incentives directly to the project sponsors, not to customers. Project sponsors are not required to provide any direct incentives to customers, but are required to execute a contract with customers indicating that the project sponsor is participating in a CNP program and is receiving incentives for participating.

The Hard to Reach Program targets apartment complexes subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that provide housing for households with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline. The Public Utility Commission of Texas requires that each utility meet at least 5 percent of its savings goal each year through programs targeted to this customer class. Check website: more restrictions apply.

  Yolanda Slade
CenterPoint Energy
PO Box 1700
Houston, TX 77251-1700
Phone: (713) 207-7762
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  Shea Richardson
CenterPoint Energy
PO Box 1700
Houston, TX 77251-1700
Phone: (713) 207-3526
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