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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Puget Sound Energy - Multi-Family Efficiency New Construction Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 03/13/2014
Program Overview:
State: Washington
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Condensing Water Heaters, Condensing Boilers, Showerheads
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat
Applicable Sectors: Construction, Multi-Family Residential, (New Construction Only)
Amount:Electric Incentives
In-Unit Clothes Washer: $75/unit
In-Unit Showerheads: $15 - $25/unit, depending on efficiency
Bi?level fixture w Occ sensor: $70/stair landing, 4 stories min.
Corridor Lighting Power Density: $0.017/sf per % below WSEC
Garage Lighting Power Density: $0.005/sf per % below WSEC

Natural Gas Incentives
Condensing Boiler (Space Heat): $5.00 per therm
Condensing Boiler (Service Water Heat): $4.40 per therm
Solar Thermal: $5.00 per therm
Condensing Water Heater: $2.25 per therm

Custom Projects: Calculated

Whole Building: $0.30 per kWh and/or $5.00 per therm for all estimated energy savings below the total building energy budget baseline.
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Puget Sound Energy (PSE) offers incentives for multifamily new construction projects. In order to participate, buildings must be be 5 or more attached units and located in the PSE electric or natural gas service territory. Prescriptive rebates are available for certain pre-approved equipment. Custom incentives may also be available, and interested customers should contact PSE for more information.

Additionally, PSE is offering incentives for whole building that meet certain criteria. The program sets a code equivalent energy budget that is unique to each building based on the square footage of each occupancy type. The incentive requires computer energy modeling and encourages developers to go after deep energy savings by setting a low Energy Use Intensity (EUI) target for the building. The lower the energy target, the higher the incentive. Benchmarking actual energy use for 2-years is a requirement and with that is a benchmarking performance incentive to provide additional dollars the closer the actual energy use of the building gets to the computer model estimate with no incentive cap for performing better than the energy model. 

  Multifamily Program
Puget Sound Energy
10885 NE 4th Street
P.O. Box 97034
Bellevue, WA 98009-9734
Phone: (866) 997-9767
Web Site:
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