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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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AEP Ohio - Commercial New Construction Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 03/12/2013
Program Overview:
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Equipment Insulation, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Room Air Conditioners, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Food Service Equipment, LED Lighting
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Institutional
Amount:Custom: $0.08/kWh first year savings and $100/peak kW reduction
Whole Building Performance (Owner): $0.08 - $0.12/kWh annualized savings
Whole Building Performance (Design Team): $0.02 - 0.04/kWh annualized savings
Interior Controls: $0.08/Watt controlled
Lighting Power Density Incentive: $400/kW below ASHRAE 90.1-2004 allowed wattage
Unitary and Split AC/Heat Pumps: $20 - $35/ton
Package Terminal AC/Heat Pumps: $30/ton
Variable Refrigerant Flow Air Conditioners: $20/ton
Chillers: $15 - $20/ton
Geothermal Heat Pump: $80/ton
Water Source Heat Pump: $70/ton
Room AC: $30/ton
Hotel Room Occupancy Sensor: $25 or $65
Heat Pump Water Heater: $120
Tank Water Heater: $35
Commercial Clothes Washer: $45
Motors: $8 - $475
VFD for Pump/Fan Motor: $60/HP
Food Service/Refrigeration: Varies widely
Maximum Incentive:General: 50% of total project cost; Contact AEP Ohio
Design Incentives: 50% of cost up to $50,000
Equipment Requirements:Equipment must be new
Eligible lamps and ballasts are listed on the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) website
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AEP Ohio offers incentives to commercial customers who are building a new facility or are performing a major renovation. Incentives are provided for upgrading lighting, lighting controls, HVAC measures, commercial cooking equipment, variable frequency drives and custom measures among others. All equipment must meet program specifications for efficiency and installation. The program also offers a customized incentive whereby facilities can pursue Whole Building Performance upgrades and receive a rebate of $0.08 - $0.12/kWh first year savings. Under this program, the design team involved with the project will also receive a rebate of $0.02 - $0.04/kWh first year savings. Equipment eligible for prescriptive rebates must meet all program requirements and be installed in accordance with AEP procedures. Certain prescriptive incentives vary based upon the size and efficiency of the system installed. Generally, 50% of the total project cost is the incentive maximum across technologies. A sliding scale incentive reduction will be incorporated when the calculated incentive exceeds $100,000 per project. Visit the program web site for additional qualifications and application information.

  Business Incentive Program
AEP Ohio
2740 Airport Drive, Suite 160
Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: (877) 607-0739
Web Site:
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