Focus on Lighting: Status of Retrofit Rebates

Pennsylvania’s Act 129 requires that the state’s largest electric utility companies provide cash incentives for consumers and businesses who install or retrofit to energy efficient lighting, HVAC systems, motors, and more. These programs have been in effect since July 2009 and are funded by a special rider on your electric bill. REG has secured over $350,000 in rebates for REAP members who have utilized REG’s energy efficient lighting team. Be sure to get your share before the funds are gone since you are paying for it!

Program requirements and rebate levels vary by utility so be sure to review the appropriate information below Continue reading

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June 1, 2011 begins the third year of PPL’s EE&C (Energy Efficiency & Conservation) plan under Act 129. For this program, PPL’s rebate levels will be lowered on June 1, 2011.

The good news is that PPL just announced an opportunity to lock in at the current rebate levels until September 30, 2011 by committing to a project by May 31, 2011. You can lock in now by signing a REG Lighting proposal by May 31, 2011. We will complete the paperwork to reserve the funds and work with you to deliver the solution by September 30, 2011. Click here for more information from PPL about this opportunity.

The EE&C plan will officially end on May 31, 2013, or when funds have been exhausted. Additionally, energy efficiency rebates for large Commercial & Industrial (LP4 & LP5 rate classes) is projected to run out this year. For more information from PPL, click here.

Rebates for small and medium Commercial, Industrial and Institutional customers are available at reduced levels. The levels were lowered in early March, 2011.

Funding for large Commercial and Industrial accounts has been exhausted (click here for a list of ineligible accounts). For more information from FirstEnergy, click here.

PECO has not announced any changes to the program. The rebates are expected to remain at their current levels for the next program year. For more information from PECO, click here.

Please note that not all utilities are mentioned above. If you have any questions about what rebate you are eligible for, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Richards Energy Group offers competitive turnkey lighting retrofit solutions for REAP members. Contact us for more information to save additional energy dollars.

FirstEnergy “Non-Standard Lighting Rebate” and “Custom Incentive Rebate” Funding Diminished

FirstEnergy announced that effective March 1, 2011 the most lucrative lighting rebates will be reduced in order to accommodate the high number of applications they are receiving. To accomplish this, the Non-Standard and Custom rebates will be based on usage reduced (Kilowatt-Hours) rather than demand reduced (Watts). This results in significantly smaller rebates.

Funding for large commercial and industrial customers (average of 400 kW and up) in FirstEnergy’s Met-Ed and Penelec territories is already completely gone. Rebates are still available for all PennPower customers Continue reading

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What this means: A rebate for a local small shop was estimated to be $3,280 with the previous $0.65/watt reduced calculation. With the new incentive the customer will only be eligible for $880 (based on $0.05/kWh rebate.

Note that the “Standard” lighting rebate remains the same, and in several cases may now add up to more rebate dollars than the non-standard.

Make sure you submit your rebate paperwork by the end of February 2011 to ensure you don’t loose out on the additional rebate dollars. For more information, see the FirstEnergy ACT 129 incentive website: www.energysavepa.com

Happy Holidays!

As 2010 winds down and energy efficient lighting twinkles in the winter air, Richards Energy Group is pleased to be wrapping up our holiday “shopping” for PPL, Met-Ed, Penelec, PECO and Allegheny Power customers.  Many of you may be receiving enrollment notices from the utility based on the recent electric supply contracts which we’ve secured on your behalf.  If you have any questions or just need to confirm any utility correspondence, please feel free to contact us so we can check it out for you.

The team here at REG wishes all of our REAP members and their families a warm and happy holiday season!