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.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) offers a variety of rebates to commercial customers which upgrade to energy efficient equipment. Rebates are available for energy efficient heat pumps, unit heaters, general lighting, outdoor lighting and refrigerated lighting. In order to qualify for the rebates, customers must submit an application, which are located on the program web site. Applications must be accompanied by a receipt and/or other proof of purchase with the brand, model, and serial number included.
Colorado Springs Utilities offers a variety of energy and water efficiency incentives to its residential customers through the Residential Rebate Program. Rebates are offered for single and multi-family residences. In some cases, the rebate amount depends upon the cost of such improvement.
Through its Renewable Energy Rebate Program, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) offers a rebate to customers who install grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems, wind systems, and solar water heaters. To calculate the PV system’s AC output, a de-rating factor is used to account for shading and suboptimal orientation or tilt. All Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) generated from systems installed under this program are conferred to CSU for compliance with Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard*.
The Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) Energy Efficient Builder Program offers an incentive to builders who construct ENERGY STAR® qualified homes within the CSU service area. The incentive range from $110 to $800 per home. ENERGY STAR® qualified homes are designed to deliver improved comfort, healthier air quality, longer durability, and lower energy bills. Incentives are awarded after a third-party verification is completed. Builders must follow all program guidelines outlined on the program web site. For more information, builders should contact Colorado Springs Utilities.
The Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) Business Energy and Water Efficiency Rebate Program offers a variety of incentives to business customers who upgrade evaporative cooling, HVAC, irrigation, lighting, motors, windows, toilets and urinals in participating facilities. Follow all efficiency and equipment guidelines on the program web site. Some rebates vary by the size, capacity or efficiency of purchased equipment. In order to receive rebate, complete application form with all necessary information. Purchases must be made and installed by December 31 of the current program year.