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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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CenterPoint Energy - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/06/2012
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Roofs, Motors, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Retro-Commissioning, LED Lighting, Cool Roof
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Institutional
Amount:Standard Offer
Lighting (Fluorescent, HID, CFL): $120/kW; $0.04/kWh
Lighting (LED): $210/kW; $0.08/kWh
Lighting (LED Outdoor): $230/kW on-peak; $0.14/kWh
Lighting (Relamping): $36/kW; $0.01/kWh
Cooling (DX units): $240/kW; $0.09/kWh
Cooling (Chiller): $260/kW; $0.11/kWh
Motor: $235/kW; $0.09/KWh
VFD: $180/kW; $0.07kWh
Window Film: $200/kW; $0.08/kWh
Window Replacement: $210/kW; $0.08/kWh
Cool Roof: $240/kW; $0.09/kWh
All Other Measures: $175/kWh; $0.06/kWh

Retro-Commissioning: $25/kW and $0.01/kWh
Load Management: $40/kW of verified curtailed load each year
Maximum Incentive:Standard Offer: 20% of the annual incentive budget.
Retro-Commissioning: up to $10,000 with matching customer contribution with simple payback in three years.
Eligible System Size:The project must occur at a single site with a total maximum peak demand of more than 100 kW or multiple sites with a combined maximum peak demand greater than 250 kW.
Equipment Requirements:See program brochure
Installation Requirements:Standard Offer: Building must have 75% occupancy to qualify
Retro-Commissioning: Existing facilities should generally be at least 400,000 sq. ft. of air-conditioned space, with higher than average energy consumption.
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CenterPoint Energy's Commercial & Industrial Standard Offer Program pays incentives to service providers who install energy efficiency measures in commercial or industrial facilities that are located within its service territories. Participation is a Five-Step Process described in detail in the Program Manual.

Large commercial customers with a total, single-site maximum peak demand of more than 100 kW or multiple sites with a combined maximum peak demand greater than 250 kW are eligible to participate. Small commercial customers with a total, single-site maximum peak demand of less than 100 kW or multiple sites with a combined maximum peak demand no greater than 250 kW are also eligible Project Sponsors. The project must be implemented at a facility that is operated by a commercial or industrial CenterPoint Energy distribution customer. This "host customer" must be willing to commit to the project, enter an agreement with the Project Sponsor, and provide access to the facility for inspection. Standard Offer incentive vary based upon the technology implemented.

All projects must include a total estimated summer demand reduction of at least 20kW during peak summer hours (1 pm to 7 pm May 1st- September 30th excluding holidays). Project Sponsors are required to meet minimum eligibility criteria and sign a standard agreement with CenterPoint, which includes an estimate of how many kW and kWh the project will save and the associated incentive payment amount. Detailed information, including eligible measures and application materials may be found on the web site listed above.

The Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Market Transformation Program offered by CenterPoint Energy promotes the tune-up of major energy-consuming systems in existing commercial buildings, including manufacturing facilities, hospitals, educational campuses, retail stores etc. Typical RCx Measures include HVAC Temperature Reset, Outside Air Reduction, Optimize HVAC Start-Up, Lighting (de-lamping, day-lighting, etc.), VFD’s; etc.

The Load Management Program is a program in which commercial customers curtail load when notified. Curtailments may occur during the summer peak demand period of each year, defined as weekdays, June 1 through Sept. 30, of each program year, between 1 and 7 p.m. The goal of the Load Management Standard Offer Program is to reduce summer peak demand in the CenterPoint Energy service territory in a cost-effective manner and to reach the demand savings goals established by the legislature and Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) regulations. For more information, customers can email

  David Dzerski
CenterPoint Energy
PO Box 1700
Houston, TX 77251-1700
Phone: (713) 207-3341
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  Yolanda Slade
CenterPoint Energy
PO Box 1700
Houston, TX 77251-1700
Phone: (713) 207-7762
Web Site:
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