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Minnesota Energy Resources (Gas) - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/06/2015
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Furnaces , Boilers, Steam-system upgrades, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Infrared Heater, Building Operator Certification, Boiler Tune-Up, Energy Audits, Tankless Water Heaters
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Building Operator Certification: Up to $600 (scholarship)
Level I/II Audit: $500-$800 (non-profit, schools, government); 50% of cost (for-profit)
Furnace: $250 - $500
Programmable Thermostat: up to $40
Steam Traps: 25% of installed equipment cost
Tank Water Heater: $45 - $300
Tankless Water Heater: $250 - $300
Drain Water Heat Recovery Device: $175
Continuous Modulating Burner: 25% of equip. cost
Gas boiler 300,000 to 9,999,999 Btu/hr output: $500/MMBtu/hr + $200/ MMBtu/hr per percentage point above min. AFUE/EF
Boiler Reset Control OR Cut-Out Control: $150/control system
Gas Fired Boiler Tune Up: 50% of cost, $500 per boiler
Vent Damper: 50% of equipment cost
O2 Trim Control: 25% of installed equipment cost
Boiler Tune Up: 50% of cost
Custom Measures: Cost difference between standard product and high efficiency products and practices
Turn-Key Solutions: Based on a combination of energy saved and project implementation cost
Maximum Incentive:Level II Audit (For-profit organizations): $400
Level I Audit (For-profit organizations): $250
Programmable Thermostat: 50% of cost
Steam Traps: $250
Boiler Tune Up: $500
Vent Damper: $500
O2 Trim Control: $5,000
Gas boiler 300,000 to 9,999,999 Btu/hr output: $750 - $5,000
Continuous Modulating Burner: $15,000
Eligible System Size:Turn-Key Solutions: Commercial & Industrial customers who use at least 10,000 MCFs annually
Equipment Requirements:Gas Furnace: Min. 92%-97% AFUE rating
Infrared Heater: Low Intensity
Thermostat: Must be electronic programmable set-back
Tankless Water Heater: .82 EF rating
Tanked Water Heater: .62 EF rating
Installation Requirements:Level II: For-profit organizations must implement one of the recommendations in the audit and qualify for a C/I Rebate to receive the audit rebate
All applications must be submitted within 60 days of installation
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The Building Operators Certification program provides scholarships for eligible customers who are certified as having successfully completed training on building operation and maintenance. Building operators, maintenance staff, and consultants who maintain commercial facilities served by MERC in Minnesota are eligible to participate.

 MER also provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers for an energy audit which provides a walk-through of the premise and a report on energy saving opportunities, and estimated costs and savings. Free facility benchmarking services which analyze energy usage are available as well. Applications for audits are processed on a first- come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.

 Minnesota Energy Resources provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers for the purchase of energy efficient natural gas forced-air heating systems & components, steam traps, food service equipment, space heating equipment,  water heating equipment, and custom measures. All equipment must meet certain efficiency standards listed on the program web site. Applications are processed on a first- come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.

  Energy Efficiency Hotline
Minnesota Energy Resources
Phone: (866) 872-0052
Web Site:
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