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CenterPoint Energy - SCORE and CitySmart Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/06/2012
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Windows, Roofs, Motors, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, LED Lighting, Window Film
Applicable Sectors: Schools, Local Government, State Government, Institutional, Cities, Counties
SCORE (Lighting): $125/kW plus $0.02/kWh
SCORE (HVAC Measure): $165/kW plus $0.03/kWh

CitySmart: $145/kW plus $0.025/kWh

Lighting: $120/kW plus $0.04/kWh
LED: $210/kW plus $0.08/kWh
DX: $240/kW plus $0.09/kWh Chiller: $260/kW plus $0.11/kWh
Motor: $235/kW plus $0.09/kWh
VFD: $180/kW plus $0.07/kWh
Window Film: $200/kW plus $0.08/kWh
Window Replacement: $210/kW plus $0.08/kWh
Roofing: $240/kW plus $0.09/kWh
Other: $175/kW plus $0.06/kWh
Equipment Requirements:Contact Centerpoint for eligible projects and technology information under the Citysmart program.
Installation Requirements:Projects must reduce peak kW demand.
Program Budget:$2.5 million (2012)
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The SCORE Program is a market transformation program offered to K-12 school districts and higher education customers in the CenterPoint Energy, Inc. electric distribution service territory. The program helps administrators and facility supervisors operate their buildings more efficiently by understanding the technical and financial benefits of investing in energy efficiency. The program is of no cost to participants and provides a framework for implementing a wide range of efficiency measures. Customers enrolling in the program receive technical and energy management assistance to help them make decisions about cost effective investments in facility energy efficiency. Partners also receive direct cash incentives for completed energy efficiency projects that reduce peak electric demand. Incentives are worth $125/kW plus $0.02/kWh for lighting projects and $165/kW plus $0.03/kWh for HVAC projects that reduce peak kW demand. The program is made available at no cost to eligible participants and incentives are paid directly to the participant. Other services offered include benchmarking studies for facilities, the creation of an energy master plan, identification and evaluation of opportunities for energy efficiency measures, and communications support. Contact utility or program representative for guidelines, details and other information. Additionally, the SCORE LITE program is intended as an alternative option for customers wishing to pursue only cash incentives. Non-cash incentives such as engineering and planning assistance will not be provided as part of SCORE LITE offering.

The CitySmart Program was designed to assist local government entities become more energy efficient through lowering operational costs, improving environmental quality on their jurisdictions, and helping to meet environmental and efficiency regulations. The program provides technical and financial support to help these local governments implement energy efficiency projects and improvements. The financial incentive is $145/kW plus $0.025 for projects that reduce peak kW demand. Contact utility or program representative to see more details on the program, incentives, and technical assistance offered.

  Steve Gremillion
CLEAResult Consulting, Inc.
333 N. Sam Houston PKWY E
Suite 1150
Houston, TX 77060
Phone: (281) 902-1155
Phone 2: (512) 327-9200
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  Cheryl Bowman
1111 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002-4567
Phone: (713) 207-5631
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