For example, PG&E customers that sign up for the utility's time-of-use rate plan and purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR smart thermostat may be eligible for a $120 rebate through the end of the year. The amount of the smart thermostat rebate recently increased from $50. The purchase of a smart thermostat combined with a time-of-use rate plan can reduce costs by shifting heating or cooling needs to low energy demand times when energy demand and rates are lower, and the amount of renewable energy is higher. By way of illustration, PG&E notes the following ENERGY STAR product specific savings:
PG&E notes if every clothes washer, clothes dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR models, the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from 450,000 cars would be avoided, and consumers would save more than $615 million in annual energy costs. (Source: PG&E, PR 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: PG&E, Aaron August, VP Business Development & Customer Engagement, www.pge.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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Every $1 invested in WAP returns $4.50 in benefits, including energy savings and the health and safety of individuals, according to WAP. Under the WAP program, DICSA has weatherized 1,315 homes in Iron County and 2,015 homes in Dickinson County since 1989, at no cost to the home owner. Rental units also are eligible with landlord approval and 25 pct contribution on costs.
Qualifying weatherization and energy efficiency measures include major bypasses, duct sealing/repair/replacement, duct insulation, attic insulation, smart thermostat, knee wall insulation and exterior wall insulation. Reducing electric baseload, such as refrigerator replacement and compact fluorescent lamps, smoke detectors, clothes dryer vents, combustion appliance testing/repair and/or replacement.
Download DOE Weatherization Assistance Program details HERE.
(Source: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, Daily News, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, 906-774-2256, www.dicsami.org
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The telephone assessment consists of three phone calls to customers. The first is just checking in with customers and making sure they are aware of Consumers' business center and access to grants. The second call involves discussions about the customer's business and what kind of products or lighting they have in that business then a third "follow-up" call to determine a possible course of action, if any.
The utility also offers an online marketplace where customers can order the energy-efficient items, such as smart thermostats or LED lights, that would be installed by Consumers staff.
(Source: Consumers Energy, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Consumers Energy, Chad Miller, Energy Efficiency Program Manager , www.consumersenergy.com
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Georgia's first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhood, located in Atlanta, includes 46 technology-enhanced townhomes equipped with battery backed rooftop solar arrays, optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.
The Smart Neighborhood is a real-world research and development (R&D) project, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The company collaborated with U.S. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the initiatives. The information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers.
Georgia Power also offers a full suite of smart-home options, which includes easy access to products and services to help make customers' homes more energy efficient and connected. The company brings together popular products in the Smart Neighborhood, including the latest in smart thermostats and smart home products such as smart filters, lighting, door locks, light switches, vents, smoke alarms and doorbells, to a single online portal.
Download Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood Initiative HERE.
(Source: Georgia Power, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: SEPA, www.sepapower.org; Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com
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For residential customers, the new Energy Star Smart Thermostat program will offer a rebate up to $50 for installing a qualifying smart thermostat in their home. Also new is the Energy Star Pool Pump program, which provides a rebate up to $350 for installing a high-efficiency pool pump. The utility is also updating its Prime Time Plus load-management program that will use its smart meters to control a customer's air handler, water heater, and/or pool pump at times of high energy use.
For commercial customer the Facility Energy Management System program provides a rebate of up to $25,000 for installing a system that enables the customer to reduce energy consumption and demand. Also, the Smart Thermostat program will offer a rebate of up to $4,500 for installing smart thermostats to help reduce demand and the Variable Frequency Drive Control for Compressors program will give a $50 per horsepower rebate for installing qualifying equipment on a customer's new or existing refrigerant or air compressor motors.
Additionally, the company
is ramping up the Integrated Renewable Energy System which will incorporate an 800-KW PV solar array, two 250-kW batteries, and several vehicle and industrial truck battery-charging stations. This pilot program will be used to study its performance and to maximize energy-saving benefits. Tampa Electric also will expand the existing energy education program to include renewable energy education for both residential and commercial customers. (Source: Tampa Electric, July, 2020) Contact: Tampa Electric, www.tampaelectric.com
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Customers who participate will be enrolled in a program that helps curtail demand during peak times in the summer.
The program will run through July 31, or until all 100,000 smart thermostats have been distributed. Customers who already have smart thermostats can also receive a $75 rebate for enrolling. (Source: Consumers Energy, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, email@example.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com
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With the ruling, Ohio utilities have the option of seeking PUCO approval to voluntarily continue some or all of their energy-efficiency programs beyond 2020, but most haven’t yet decided their course of action.
FirstEnergy, whose subsidiaries provide power to Northeast Ohio and the Toledo area, has announced it will end two programs -- one $75 rebate for smart thermostats, and another that pays money for recycling old appliances.
AEP Ohio, which serves much of Central and Southeast Ohio, plans to continue at least some of its energy-efficiency programs, but has yet to determine the make-up and scope of the programs.
Dayton Power and Light has not yet decided which, if any, of its programs will continue past 2020.
In Southwestern Ohio, Duke Energycurrently offers a variety of energy-efficiency programs, including (among others) rebates for customers who install energy-saving devices, a monitor that offers bill credits to ratepayers who reduce energy usage during high demand periods, and discounted or even free LED lights, which cost anywhere between $1 and $8 per bulb.
As of last year, Ohioans were charged on their electric bills a fee averaging of $3.36 per month to support energy-efficiency programs, as well as programs (such as Duke’s energy monitors) designed to reduce power usage during peak demand times, according to the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund.
That fee, as well as a renewable-energy mandate fee, has been eliminated by House Bill 6 and replaced with a new 85-cent surcharge that goes to bail out two Northern Ohio nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, which changed its name to Energy Harbor late last month. (Source: Cleveland.com, 3 Mar.,2020)
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The scorecard notes that, as a group, the utilities boosted their annual energy savings by 20 pct since 2015, saving almost 20 TWh of electricity in 2018 from programs administered that year -- enough to power 1.8 million homes.
The report highlights the ways in which the utility landscape has transformed since 2015, the baseline for the 2017 scorecard. New technologies are emerging -- states, utilities, and other stakeholders are increasingly focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the important role of energy efficiency with more than 900 different efficiency programs in 2018, about 300 more than in 2015. Additionally, 32 utilities piloted new programs that involve smart thermostats, online marketplaces for energy-saving products, commercial energy efficiency financing, and integration of efficiency with other DERs such as demand response and storage.
While overall energy savings increased, this upward trend was not universal, and seven utilities saw their energy savings decrease by more than 20 pct since 2015.
The scorecard also found that, while there is increased focus on changing utility business models nationally, utilities are generally slow to change these models and are often reluctant to give customers access to energy usage data.
The scorecard, which received no utility funding, increases the availability of utility-sector energy efficiency data to enable benchmarking and help utilities strengthen their programs. ACEEE focuses on the 52 largest electric utilities by retail sales volume, including all 51 utilities from its 2017 Scorecard, plus Tampa Electric.
Download the 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard at www.aceee.org/utility-scorecard. (Source: ACEEE, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: ACEEE,
Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., www.aceee.org
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The programs will offer smart thermostat and solar energy and solar energy storage programs that will serve participating residential customers who will be paid for enrolling and reducing their energy during peak energy times and notified about when to reduce energy consumption.
CPA has also launched an online Solar Marketplace in collaboration with EnergySage for customers seeking solar and or solar-plus-storage battery systems. Customers can quickly receive and compare customized solar quotes from local, vetted contractors through the user-friendly website. Participating CPA customers will also get support from EnergySage's vendor-neutral Energy Advisors and educational tools to address questions about various solar and battery companies, equipment, and financing options.
(Source: CPA, Feb., 2020) Contact: CPA, Ted Bardacke, Exec. Dir., 888-585-3788, www.cleanpoweralliance.org; CPA Online Solar Marketplace, ; EnergySage, www.energysage.com
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SoCalGas energy efficiency programs include offering rebates on hundreds of home appliances and products such as smart thermostat,LED lighting, energy efficient furnaces, Energy Star appliances and others that help cut energy consumption and reduce costs.
(Source: SoCalGas, CNS, Feb., 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Darren Hanway, manager of energy programs and strategy , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com
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The program is aimed at assisting
low income customers cut home energy costs by as much as $230 per year with affordable home energy-efficient upgrades. The program also includes
the installation of free smart thermostats; energy-saving products such as LED light bulbs, smart power strips and high-efficiency bathroom fixtures; personal home walk-through energy assessments and, recommendations on cutting energy consumption.
(Source: SaskPower, Public Release, Feb., 2020)
Contact: SaskPower, Shawn Schmidt, VP Distribution and Customer Services, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com
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The Attic Insulation Program provides cash incentives of $0.15/per square foot with a maximum incentive of $300 per existing residential dwelling for attic insulation.
(Source: City of Alliance, Star Herald, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: Energy Efficiency Program Details, City of Alliance, Kirby Bridge, (308) 762-1907, www.cityofalliance.net; Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraskawww,mppenergy.org/mean
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Under CW&L's program, rebate incentives are available through Focus on Energy to customers who upgrade equipment such as a furnace, boiler, smart thermostat or water heater.
Utility customers who receive a rebate for a furnace fan or AC unit through the Focus on Energy program are eligible for an additional, matching incentive from Columbus Water & Light. Additional rebates are also available from the utility for AC tune-ups and smart thermostats. (Source: Columbus Water & Light, PR, Columbus Journal, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Columbus Water & Light, (920) 623-5912, www.columbuswaterandlight.com; Focus on Energy Ohio, (440)715-1300, www.focusonenergy.com
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As part of the test pilot, residential customers will be given incentives for using smart-home technologies as well as rebates for shifting their energy use during off-peak times. Commercial customers, meanwhile, will have the option of enrolling in PGE's Energy Partner Smart Thermostat program, which offers free thermostats and installation to qualifying businesses. The program will also give payments for businesses participating in load-control events. Other potential energy-saving opportunities include incentives for customers using rooftop solar or smart devices such as thermostats, water heaters and electric vehicle chargers and batteries.
PGE worked the Rocky Mountain Institute and an advisory panel to develop the program. PGE will also utilize the advanced communications capabilities and distribution system upgrades in three Oregon cities: Hillsboro, Portland and Milwaukie which have remote controls and other smart grid technologies installed to increase system reliability.
The launch of the test pilot comes as PGE submitted a new integrated resource plan to the Oregon PUC for approval to add more renewable power, increase energy efficiency and partner with customers to balance energy consumption during peak demand periods.
(Source: PGE, PR, Daily Energy Insider, 30 July, 2019)
Contact: PGE, Maria Pope, CEO, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com
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According to Resideo, the technology complements it's portfolio of connected thermostats, including the Honeywell Home T-Series smart thermostats -- the T9 and T10 Pro -- which feature wireless smart-room sensors to deliver a desired temperature to a specific room as needed.
Resideo claims a presence in 150 million homes and a network of 110,000 professional contractors.
(Source: Resideo TechnologiesPR, 22 May, 2019)
Contact: Resideo Technologies, Mike Nefkens, Pres., CEO, www.resideo.com;
Whisker Labs, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.whiskerlabs.com
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Otter Tail Power Co. provides rebates, grants, education, special programs, and financing to encourage individuals and businesses for energy efficiency and energy management.
Otter Tail Power is an investor-owned electric utility that provides electricity for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. (Source: Otter Tail Power, Bemidji Pioneer, 13 Jan., 2019)
Contact: Otter Tail Power, Roger Garton, Energy Management Representative,
(218) 739-8200, www.otpco.com; Headwaters Science Center, (218)444-4472, www.hscbemidji.org
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According to SoCalGas, the program will increase energy reliability, save customers money, and reduce emissions related to climate change.
SoCalGas is also launching a "Smart Therm Program" under which participants set their "Smart Thermostat" to automatically adjust when energy conservation is needed; rebates are available for purchasing the thermostat.
SoCalGas offers more than 90 energy efficiency programs to keep natural gas consumption and costs low and realistic for Southern Californians.(Source: Southern California Gas Co, Santa Barbara Independent, 9 Dec., 2018)Contact: Southern California Gas, www.socalgas.com
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The community, which will launch at Hunters Point in Cortez, FL., will include 148 LEED standard homes equipped with rooftop solar, a new and affordable sonnen energy storage system designed for mass market appeal, a smart thermostat and an EV charger -- all controlled by sonnen's energy automation and artificial intelligence (AI) software platform.
The Hunter's Point sonnen community represents the first time an energy storage system has worked in concert with Google Home in a master-planned development capable of maximizing the intelligent use of each household's renewable energy. In total, the Hunter's Point sonnenCommunity projects represent 9MWh of storage capacity and 7.2MW of power.
(Source: sonnen, PR, 7 Nov., 2018) Contact: Pearl Homes, Monique Viehman, MV@pearlhomesfl.com, www.pearlhomesfl.com;
sonnen, Blake Richetta, Snr. VP, sonnen U.S. operations, www.sonnenusa.com
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The CEF includes a plan to implement an advanced technology platform, called the "energy cloud" which would modernize the way the utility serves its customers. When fully implemented, the energy cloud is expected to save customers another $1.7 billion over 20 years.
The proposal is intended to help New Jersey meet its energy storage goals set forth in the state's clean energy legislation requiring utilities to cut customers' annual electric and gas consumption by 2 pct and 0.75 pct respectively.
To that end, the CEF program would invest in clean energy and advanced technology that would advance the state as a national leader in energy efficiency and jump-start other clean energy priorities.
The $2.8 billion energy efficiency plan includes $2.5 billion of investment and $283 million in other program costs.
The program will allow customers to: use upfront rebates and other financial incentives to purchase more efficient appliances, smart thermostats and other equipment; get free and affordable energy audits, reports and system design advice; get free and low-cost energy efficiency kits, tools and installations; and seed funding for new energy-saving techniques. (Source: PSE&G, Smart Cities World News, 2 Oct., 2018)
Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, Michael Voltz, Energy Efficiency Dir., (6310 844-3819, email@example.com, www.pseg.com
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Effective immediately, all Clayton Built® homes ordered nationwide will be equipped with ENERGY STAR® certified ecobee3 lite smart thermostats. The ecobee4 will also be available as an upgrade in select Clayton Built® homes across the U.S.
ecobee's smarter algorithms and advanced sensing technology empower homeowners to live comfortably and save money on their energy bills. ecobee has estimated that, to date, it has helped homeowners save enough energy to take the City of Miami off the grid for a year.**
(Source: Clayton Home Building Group Contact: Clayton Home Building Group, Keith Holdbrooks, Pres., www.claytonhomes.com; ecobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, Kristen Johnson, Kristenj@ecobee.com,
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The pilot is currently limited to certain users in Arizona, California and the Canadian province of Ontario, and then only for people who both have electric heating/cooling and hour-by-hour utility billing. (Source: Ecobee, CNET, July, 2018)
Contact: Ecobee Inc., Stuart Lombard, Pres., CEO, (647) 428-2220, www.ecobee.com
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If approved, the Iowa Energy Efficiency Plan 2019-2023 will deliver nearly $84 million in reduced energy efficiency program fees for MidAmerican Energy's Iowa customers. Residential customers with gas and electric service would see an average savings of $81 per year, while commercial customers would average $172 in savings. The average industrial customer would save more than $12,000 annually, according to a company release.
MidAmerican Energy's proposal includes 14 energy efficiency programs including: online home energy assessments; incentives to replace older heating and air conditioning equipment with new high-efficiency models; appliance recycling; rebates to purchase smart thermostats; and others. The existing Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs will be eliminated.
(Source: MidAmerican, Business Record, 9 July, 2018)
Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com
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Together, the programs are projected to save 2 billion kWh of energy -- sufficient energy for about 166,000 homes.
The energy-efficiency proposal would also help Ameren reach it goal of cutting its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
If approved, the energy-efficiency programs could get underway in 2019. (Source: Ameren Missouri, St. Louis Public Radio, June, 2018) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience , www.ameren.com/missouri
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Zen Eco Systems' two main products are Zen Thermostat that allows homes to remotely control and reduce their energy consumption, and the Zen HQ, a low-cost cloud-based platform for smaller businesses trying to manage energy-intensive assets across single and multiple sites.
Zen Eco Systems is one of 10 companies working on a demand response trail with the Australian Energy Market Operator and Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
As part of the project, Zen Ecosystems will deploy a network of connected, smart thermostats in commercial buildings and households in Victoria and South Australia. The network can then be controlled to reduce energy consumption when called upon by AEMO. (Source: Zen Ecosystems, Financial Review, 29 April, 2018) Contact: Zen Ecosystems, James McPhail, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zenecosystems.com; Clean Energy Finance, email@example.com; www.cefc.com.au
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HomeWorks Energy, the leading partner of the Mass Save® program, conducts thorough home energy assessments and manages retrofits to improve in-home energy efficiency, including the installation of LED lighting, smart thermostats, upgraded insulation, window treatments and more. HomeWorks Energy makes energy efficiency simple for homeowners by connecting them to available financing and government incentive options and offers streamlined paperwork and logistics processing to remove traditional barriers to adoption.
In January alone, HomeWorks Energy's upgrades prevented more than 50,000 metric tons of CO2 from being released into the environment. The company's efforts will support New York State's ambitious energy initiatives, including a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emission from 1990 levels, and a 600-trillion Btu increase in statewide energy efficiency. (Source: HomeWorks Energy, PR, AltEnergy, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: HomeWorks Energy, Max Veggeberg, CEO, www.homeworksenergy.com
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The program offers homeowners and landlords interest-free loans for insulation, smart thermostats and other residential improvements. The loans would be repaid over three to five years with the savings from the upgrades.
Specifically, the program is made possible through a grant awarded to local energy analytics firm EmpowerSaves and housing nonprofit Cincinnati Development Fund by the Duke Class Benefit Fund.
Officials hope to lend out the $500,000 to roughly 200 to 250 homeowners or landlords to each make upwards of $3,500 worth of energy improvements which are expected to deliver saving in the range of 25 pct off a homeowner's annual utility bills.
The program, available to Ohio residents in the Duke Energy service area.(Source: Cincinnati.com, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: EmpowerSaves,www.empowersaves.com/online-assessment
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The acquisition will broaden CLEAResult's retail-based and midstream demand side management programs and network of relationships across home improvement retailers, global lighting, smart thermostat and other efficient product manufacturers. CLEAResult plans to leverage the combined offerings to continue to transform retail-based and midstream demand side management programs through key innovations such as digital instant rebates and digital marketplace applied to leading-edge smart-thermostat, low income and renewables programs.
ENGIE Insight's Utility Division will be rebranded CLEAResult.
(Source: CLEAResult, PR, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: ENGIE Insight Services, Mark Henderson, Chief Utility Officer, www.engieinsight.com; CLEAResult, Aziz Virani, CEO, www.clearesult.com
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The ecobee Smart Thermostat donation is part of a larger energy efficiency demonstration project called TowerWise. The buildings were retrofitted to achieve energy, emission and cost reductions.The newly installed ecobee3 units use sensors to make intelligent heating and cooling decisions to reduce energy waste and offer real-time insights to identify other opportunities for future improvements.
In addition to the new ecobee3 smart thermostats, TAF also installed new boilers, LED lighting and measures to improve indoor air quality. These changes reduce the building's carbon emission by 30 pct and utility costs by 20 pct.
(Source: ecobee Inc., PR, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: edobee, Stuart Lombard, CEO, (6747) 428-2220, www.ecobee.com/social-impact, www.ecobee.inc; The Atmospheric Fund, (416) 392-027, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.taf.ca; Toronto Community Housing Corporation,
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The province is also launching GreenON Support, a free over-the-phone service offering impartial advice from energy experts to help consumers learn how they can save money and reduce their carbon footprint through home upgrades. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, Kenora Online, Dec., 2017) Contact: Green Ontario Fund, (888) 728-8444, www.greenon.ca
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