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Columbia Gas of Massachusetts - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/16/2012
Program Overview:
State: Massachusetts
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Furnaces , Boilers, Heat recovery, Steam-system upgrades, Programmable Thermostats, Building Insulation, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Food Service Equipment, Tankless Water Heaters
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential
Amount:Multifamily and Small Business: 50% of the qualified cost
Large Business: 50% of the qualified cost and up to $7500 of the scoping study cost
Warm Air Furnace: $500-$800
Condensing Unit Heaters: $750
Condensing Boilers: $1,000 - $10,000
Infrared Heaters: $750
Integrated Condensing Boiler/Water Heating: $1,200
Tankless Water Heaters: $500 - $800
Indirect Water Heater: $400
Condensing Stand Alone Water Heaters: $500
Storage Water Heaters: $100
After Market Boiler Reset: $225
Commercial Griddles: $500
Gas Fryers/Ovens/Steamers: $1,000
Steam Traps: $25/unit
Programmable Thermostats: $25
Maximum Incentive:Multifamily and Small Business: $50,000
Large Business: $100,000
Scoping Study: $7,500
Equipment Requirements:Warm Air Furnace: 95% AFUE
Condensing Unit Heaters: 90% AFUE
Condensing Boilers: 90% AFUE
Tankless water heaters: 0.82 Energy Factor
Condensing Stand-Alone Water Heater: 95% thermal efficiency or greater
Storage Water Heaters: 0.67 Energy Factor
Combined High Efficiency Space and Water Heating Unit: 90% AFUE/CA-AFUE (Boiler), .90 EF (Water Heater)
Thermostat: ENERGY STAR Label or 7 day programmable
Griddle: Energy Star-rated
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Columbia Gas of Massachusetts offers its multi-family, commercial and industrial customers rebates and assistance for energy efficiency improvements to eligible facilities. The program will perform a free energy assessment study and provide the customer with an “offer sheet report”, listing energy-saving measures that are qualified for incentives. If the customer decides to make any of the recommended improvements, Columbia Gas will help find the customer a contractor and provide the predetermined rebate. For multi-family complexes and small businesses, the rebate is 50% of the project cost up to $50,000. For large businesses the rebate is 50% of the qualified cost up to $100,000 and 50% of the cost for a licensed professional engineer to perform the scoping study up to a maximum amount of $7,500. A wide variety of weatherization, heating, and custom measures are available. Customers should check the program web site for a more detailed list of eligible measures.

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts also offers rebates for certain high efficiency heating equipment and other energy-saving upgrades. Eligible technologies include: Furnaces, boilers, infrared heating systems, water heaters, thermostats, and high efficiency cooking equipment. Rebates range from $25 to $1,200 depending on equipment type. Through MassSave, a variety of motor, chiller, controls, compressed air, and variable frequency drive rebates are available as well. All equipment must meet energy efficiency standards that are listed on the program web site.

  Energy Efficiency Program
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts
2025 Roosevelt Ave.
P.O. Box 2025
Springfield, MA 01102
Phone: (800) 232-0120
Web Site:
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