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.
The Colorado General Assembly passed a law ([http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2007A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/5EA2048E... HB 1037])in 2007 requiring the investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities to adopt demand-side management (DSM) programs that provide financial incentives for their customers to purchase more efficient equipment and processes, and to engage in demand response.
Empire Electric Association provides rebates for its commercial customers who upgrade to energy efficient lighting, HVAC equipment, and motors. These rebates are offered in conjunction with [http://www.tristategt.org/Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association], with Empire Electric generally matching the incentive amounts provided by Tri-State for equipment and appliances.
In an effort to reduce county-wide energy consumption and improve the environment, Eagle County established their own efficient building code (ECO-Green Build) which applies to all new construction and renovations/additions over 50% of the existing floor area of single-family and multifamily residences, and commercial buildings.
The Colorado Energy Office is using money allocated to the state from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to provide financing to "eligible and extraordinary projects that promote energy efficiency or renewable energy". The program is intended to fill gaps in financing opportunities and provide capital to companies and projects not capable of securing financing from the private sector.
Financing obtained through this program can be used for a wide array of projects. Eligible projects include* but are not limited to:
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) offers a variety of rebates for customers who buy energy efficient appliances and equipment. Rebates are available for energy efficient electric water heaters, clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, heat pumps, and split system air conditioners. DMEA also offers a $60 rebate to customers who properly recycle old refrigerator or freezer. In order to qualify for the rebates, customers must submit an application, which are located on the program web site.