Energy Incentive Programs, North Dakota

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Updated April 2015

North Dakota utilities budgeted about $1 million in 2013 to promote energy efficiency and load management in the state.

What public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs are available in my state?

North Dakota has no public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs. 

What utility energy efficiency programs are available to me?

Otter Tail Power Company offers rebates for efficient air-source heat pumps, electric water heaters, and certain thermal storage technologies.

Bright Energy Solutions offers cash incentives for a wide variety of energy efficiency upgrades, including lighting, pumps and heating and cooling equipment, to customers of Cavalier Municipal Utilities, Hillsboro Municipal Utilities, Lakota Municipal Light Plant, Northwood Municipal Utilities, and Valley City Public Works.

Sioux Valley Energy offers rebates to non-residential customers for installing efficient lighting and heat pumps.

What load management/demand response options are available to me?

Xcel Energy offers two demand response programs that may be of interest to federal customers:

  • The Electric Rate Savings program is for customers willing to curtail load by at least 50 kW at Xcel’s request during times of peak electric demand. Contact your Xcel Energy account manager or the Business Solutions Center at 1-800-481-4700 for more information.

  • The Saver’s Switch offers program participants an June-September bill discount of $5 per ton of enrolled air conditioning in exchange for customers allowing the utility to cycle participating air conditioning units on and off for 15 to 20 minute intervals during periods of peak electric demand in those months.

Montana-Dakota Utilities, in partnership with Constellation Energy, offers the Demand Response Resources Program for commercial and industrial customers with peak electric demand greater than 50 kW who agree to curtail non-critical load during demand response events initiated by the utility. Participants receive capacity payments based on the amount of curtailment commitment (kW) and energy payments based on the amount of energy reduced (kWh) during curtailment events, through Constellation, a third-party demand response aggregator.

Otter Tail Power Company offers the following demand response programs:

  • The Energy Control program offers electric rates 30-50% less than the standard rate to customers who allow Otter Tail to control specific equipment on their system during times of high demand on the electric grid. The program only applies to customers who are signed up for special off-peak electricity prices.

  • The Off-Peak Water Heating programs provide several money-saving options for customers with separately metered water heaters. Customers receive a credit on the monthly bill in exchange for permitting the utility to directly control their electric water heaters for up to 14 hours per day. These programs may be combined with rebates for new electric water heating discussed above.

  • The Deferred Load Rate offers bill savings of up to 30% below the standard electric rates for customers that can employ certain thermal storage systems to shift electric load to off-peak hours.

  • Otter Tail’s Real Time Pricing Rider alternatively credits or charges customers, based upon day-ahead projections of hourly electricity costs, for usage below or above a pre-determined customer baseline load profile Participants, who must have an average monthly peak of 200 kW or greater, should be able to reduce their electricity bills by curtailing load during high cost periods or shifting load to times when prices are lower.

A number of rural electric cooperatives offer load management programs including Cass County Electric Cooperative, Roseau Electric Cooperative, and Sioux Valley Energy.  Under these programs, customers who reduce their electric loads during times of peak demand on the grid are compensated with generous discounts on off-peak rates.

What distributed energy resource options are available to me?

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) provides information on programs that offer incentives for renewable distributed generation. North Dakota currently has no programs of this type available to federal customers.

Are there energy efficiency programs sponsored by state government?

No state energy efficiency programs are currently available to federal customers.  For information on future opportunities, contact the Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of the Division of Community Services.

What additional opportunities are available to me?

Federal customers whose utilities have area-wide contracts through GSA (such as Montana-Dakota Utilities) may be able to take advantage of 3rd-party financed energy efficiency projects called utility energy services contracts (UESCs). Information is available in GSA’s Energy Division Library. Federal facilities should contact their account executive to determine the level of each utility's participation.