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Consumers Energy (Gas) - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program

Fed. Government
Local Government
Multi-Family Residential
State Government
Savings Category 
Maximum Rebate 

Prescriptive: $100,000 per facility
Custom: 50% of project cost and $200,000 per facility (100% of the calculated incentive up to $100,000 and 50% of the calculated incentive above $100,000)
Customer Incentive Cap: $500,000

Program Info
Program Type 
Utility Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Gas Water Heater: $35 or $150
Advanced VFD Applications: $0.13 - $0.40/sq. ft
Steam Trap Replacement: $140
High Efficiency Boilers: $1 - $2/kBtu/hr
High Efficiency Furnace: $1.75 per kBtu/hr or $350
Boiler Tune-Up: $150 - $500
Heat Recovery: $20/HP (Boilers); $0.20 - $0.60/CFM (Process HVAC, Enthalpy)
Furnace Tune-Up: $50 - $125
Modulating Burner Controls: $1250
Boiler Oxygen Trim Control: $0.25 per kBtu/hr
Boiler Water Reset Control: $400
Infrared Heaters: $5 - $8 per kBtu/hr
Energy Management System: $0.27 - $0.40/sq. ft.
Demand Controlled Ventilation: $0.02 - $0.04/sq. ft.
Programmable Thermostat: $50
Hotel Occupancy Sensor: $65
Custom: $5 per MCF
Pipe Wrap: $0.50-$6/ln. ft.
Clothes Washer: $50
Truck Loading Dock Equipment: $100 - $200
Greenhouse Heat Curtains/Infrared Film: $0.05 - $0.20/sq. ft.
Windows: $0.35/sq. ft
Wall Insulation: $0.50/sq. ft.
Roof Insulation: $0.15-$0.20/sq. ft.
Broilers/Ovens: $400 - $550

Consumers Energy Business Solutions

Passage of the Clean, Renewable and Energy Efficiency Act of 2008, paved the way for the Consumers Energy Business Solutions Program to provide incentives for customers who upgrade eligible facilities with energy efficient equipment. This incentive program is available to all customers who receive natural gas delivery service from Consumers Energy. Common areas of multi-family or mixed-use buildings are eligible if on an eligible rate schedule.

Prescriptive incentives are available for energy efficiency equipment upgrades and are paid based on the quantity, size and efficiency of the equipment. Custom incentives are available to customers for more complex energy saving measures and must have a payback period of between 1 and 10 years. Custom incentives are paid based on the first-year energy (kWh or MCF) savings, and are eligible for both gas and electricity rebate amounts. Other Consumers Energy incentives are available through the Small Commercial Direct Install, New Construction, Pilot, Michigan Saves and Self Direct Programs. Additionally, a bonus incentive of 15% may be available to customers who purchase equipment manufactured in Michigan.

Projects that are not eligible for an incentive include:

*Fuel switching (e.g. electric to gas or gas to electric)
*Changes in operational/maintenance practices or control modifications
*On-site electricity generation
*Projects that involve peak-shifting (and not kWh savings)
*Projects involving renewable energy

Incentives paid through this program may be considered taxable income, and the program is required to report the incentive using the IRS Form 1099 if it is more than $600 for certain types of firms. Incentives will be paid only after the project has been completed and the final application has been submitted, reviewed, and approved.