Holy Cross offers a wide variety of prescriptive rebates for energy efficient equipment purchased by its commercial customers. Equipment must be replacing existing working equipment to qualify. The rebate application specifies the type of equipment the new equipment must be replacing. Customers must provide invoices/receipts for the new equipment and proof that the old equipment has been properly disposed of or recycled. The incentive amount cannot exceed 50% of the actual cost of the retrofit/upgrade.
Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA), a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, has a residential rebate program for eligible Energy Star appliances including clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, ground source heat pumps, electric thermal storage systems. All efficiency requirements set forth by GCEA must be met in order to receive rebates. Rebates must be requested within 180 days of installation.
In July 2005, Colorado’s governor signed Executive Order D005 05, mandating that state agencies and departments evaluate business operations and implement new programs “to promote environmentally sustainable and economically efficient practices.” State buildings are encouraged to incorporate the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) practices for existing buildings to the extent applicable and practicable, and in new construction when deemed economically feasible.
In January 1999, the Colorado Public Utility Commission (PUC) adopted regulations requiring the state's utilities to disclose information regarding their fuel mix to retail customers. Utilities are required to provide this information as a bill insert or as a separate mailing twice annually, in April and October of every year. The PUC provides a suggested format for the disclosure. Fuel mix percentages are to be based on the power supply mix for the previous calendar year.
Fort Collins Utilities offers a number of appliance and recycling rebates to residential and small commercial customers. The appliance rebate program offers a $50 rebate for Energy Star rated clothes washers and $25 for Energy Star dishwashers. Applications for equipment rebates are available on the Fort Collins web site as well as at select local manufacturers and retailers. Fort Collins Utilities also offers a refrigerator/freezer recycling program. The program provides free pick-up services for the recycling of old appliances and a $35 rebate per unit.
Fort Collins Utilities (FCU) provides rebates for customers living in existing single-family homes who pursue energy efficiency projects. Either the Efficiency Audit or Efficiency Audit Plus is a required prerequisite for all efficiency rebates. Specific rebate amounts may vary based upon existing home conditions and whether the home is heated with gas or electric. Rebates are available for insulation, heat pumps, air conditioners, windows, evaporative coolers, water heaters, furnaces, and boilers.
Fort Collins offers its residential customers low-interest loans that may be used to finance a variety of projects including adding insulation, replacing a furnace, upgrading water and space heating systems, and improving building envelope measures. Customers may repay the loan amount through regularly scheduled monthly utility bills. There is a $25 fee for loan processing fee. The maximum loan amount is $15,000, and the repayment schedule ranges from 60 to 120 months. Loans are only available for future improvements to existing homes.
Fort Collins provides businesses incentives for new construction projects and existing building retrofits. The Electric Efficiency Program encourages companies to retrofit facilities with new energy efficient equipment. Eligible facilities may receive incentives for installing or implementing efficient light fixtures and controls, food service equipment, mechanical systems, insulation measures, and industrial process improvements.
The City Council of Fort Collins passed a resolution in September 2006, establishing green building goals for new city-owned buildings of 5,000 square feet or more. New buildings must be designed and constructed to achieve LEED Gold certification and existing buildings should use the LEED standard as a guide for sustainable operation and maintenance, though no specific requirements are established.
Estes Park Power and Light, in conjunction with the Platte River Power Authority provides businesses incentives for new construction projects and existing building retrofits. The Electric Efficiency Program encourages companies to retrofit eligible facilities with new energy efficient equipment. Eligible facilities may receive incentives for purchasing efficient light fixtures and controls, food service equipment, mechanical systems, and building envelope improvements. Most rebates for equipment and efficiency measures are offered on a prescriptive basis.