First Energy – ACT129 Standard Lighting Rebate Exhausted

Today, FirstEnergy announced that Standard Lighting Rebates have been exhausted. See their email below:

State of the Program

June 1, 2011

Program year three begins June 1, 2011, and we’d like to update everyone on the State of the Program Continue reading

. Thanks to the enthusiastic participation of FirstEnergy commerical and industrial utility customers in Pennsylvania, projects totaling more than 260,000 MWh were completed. We would like to thank all of the participants and program allies for their response to the programs!

Beginning June 1, 2011, all projects requesting incentives more than $3,000 must submit the application prior to purchasing equipment to receive preapproval. We recommend pre-approval for all projects, regardless of incentive level, to ensure that the equipment qualifies for incentives and that funding is available. Funds are reserved for 90 days from the date of preapproval.

Also, as of June 1, 2011, the Standard Lighting Incentive for Business program has been retired. Standard Lighting applications received by midnight, May 31, 2011, will be honored and processed as Standard Lighting applications. Any Standard Lighting applications received on June 1, 2011, or later will be returned to the participant to be converted to Non-Standard Lighting applications. CFL, LED exit signs and lighting controls are still incentivized at the standard rates, but can be included on Non-Standard Lighting applications through the updated calculator tool.

The Audit program has been retired for Penn Power and Met-Ed customers. This program is still available to eligible Penelec customers, pending budget availability.

Federal government customers are eligible for all commercial and industrial programs. The incentive rates for federal customers will be the same incentives as those for all other customers, and may now use the same application forms. The Federal Incentives form has been retired.

The Multifamily Program for Common Areas is retired as of June 1, 2011. Based on budget availability, FirstEnergy will enroll multifamily customers into its CFL kits program.

Incentive level for the Non-Standard Lighting for Business Program was modified to $0.05/kWh on March 1, 2011. This remains in effect. The Non-Standard Lighting calculator tool has been updated to include CFL, LED exit signs and lighting controls at their prescriptive incentive rates.

Incentive level for the Custom Program was modified to $0.05/kWh on March 1, 2011. This remains in effect.

The following programs have no planned changes:
– HVAC Incentive Program
– Motors and Drives Incentives Program
– Specialty Equipment Incentives Program
– Streetlighting, Outdoor Area Lighting, and Traffic Signals Incentive Program

Finally the weekly application assistance webinar will continue, but at a new date and time. Starting the week of June 6, the webinar will be held on Wednesdays at 11am. The conference line passcode and webinar log in PIN remain the same. This information can be found on the program website in the Standing Webinar section.

Again, we thank all of the participants, their contractors and program allies who have made the energy savings a reality for the first two years of the Act 129 programs. We look forward to working with you on your energy saving projects over the next year.


FirstEnergy Act 129 Program – SAIC

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