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Public Sector Program Support

The Department of Commerce is seeking to fund projects that will allow eligible applicants to combine electric and natural gas energy efficiency projects, within the public sector, in an effort to: simplify the overall application process, quickly deliver and maximize cost effective energy efficiency savings, and capture projects that might otherwise not be submitted as standalone projects.  These projects may be designed along the following parameters, but are not limited to these designs.  The applicant should clearly define their proposed project as part of the “project description,” described in the application. 

Project designs may include:

  • Key Account - Aggregate energy efficiency projects within the bounds of a Key Account, i.e., a single public school district, community college district, university, state/federal facility or municipality.  For example, combining projects within one large public school district, or combining projects from a municipality’s own operations with those of other units of local government within their community, such as the fire and police departments, public library, parks and recreation department, transportation buildings, courts, and/or water and waste water.  Projects may focus on a single energy efficiency measure, a combination of measures (such as combining indoor and outdoor lighting, occupancy sensors, HVAC upgrades), or the full range of measures currently eligible for the Department of Commerce’s public sector Standard, Custom & Clean Water Incentive Program. 
  • Aggregation - Aggregate projects among several municipalities, units of local government, public school districts, community college districts, universities, and/or state/federal facilities. This may include multiple park districts, library districts, water reclamation districts, public safety districts, or other units of local government. Additionally, this may include aggregate projects focusing on a single energy efficiency measure, a combination of measures (such as combining indoor and outdoor lighting, occupancy sensors, HVAC upgrades), or the full range of measures currently eligible for the Department of Commerce’s public sector Standard, Custom & Clean Water Incentive Program. 
  • HINGE – The HINGE Bonus shall increase the qualifying Custom incentive and adjust the allowable percentage of the Total Project Cost funded for large Natural Gas savings projects.

Key Account Projects shall include the following functions:

  • Identify energy efficiency projects eligible for Public Sector incentives;
  • Administer energy efficiency project applications, aggregation, and implementation;
  • Track energy efficiency project data and progress using Department of Commerce-established forms, procedures and database; and
  • Provide data for external measurement, evaluation and verification.

Aggregation Projects shall include the following functions:

  • Identify energy efficiency projects eligible for public sector incentives;
  • Administer energy efficiency project applications, aggregation, and implementation;
  • Track energy efficiency project data and progress using Department of Commerce-established forms, procedures and database;
  • Process incentive payments for completed energy efficiency projects and distribute to the project owners; and
  • Provide data for external measurement, evaluation and verification.

HINGE Bonus Projects shall include the following functions:

  • Projects may be an accumulation of energy saving measures all located within the same building but does not include facility wide improvements.
  • Projects must be 100 percent complete by May 31, 2017.
  • Projects that achieve savings of over 50,000 therms and less than 100,000 therms per year of natural gas savings will qualify for $3.50 per therm saved and up to 90 percent of Total Project Cost.  Total Project Cost is the cost to purchase and install the qualifying measures including labor costs.
  • Projects that achieve savings of over 100,000 therms per year of natural gas savings will qualify for $4.50 per therm saved and up to 90 percent of Total Project Cost.  Total Project Cost is the cost to purchase and install the qualifying measures including labor costs.
  • Projects that achieve savings of fewer than 50,000 therms per year of natural gas savings should apply through the base Department of Commerce Standard and Custom Incentive Program.
  • Projects must be a custom incentive and not currently listed as a standard incentive in the base Department of Commerce Standard and Custom Incentive Program.
  • Projects that generate electric savings must apply for electric efficiency incentives under the base Department of Commerce Standard and Custom Incentive Program where applicable.

The application period for this program is now open.  Applications under this program will be accepted on an ongoing basis, subject to funding availability.  No new applications for program year ending May 31, 2017, will be accepted after April 14, 2017.  Projects must be 100 percent complete by May 31, 2017.