BPU Discusses New Energy Efficient Rebate Programs

There are two new programs and changes on items you can receive a rebate for when it comes to the BPU’s energy efficiency incentives.

On Tuesday, the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities board was presented a proposal for the 2014 energy efficiency rebate programs. Dan Reynolds, BPU energy-efficiency coordinator, said the home energy audits and weatherization, and the residential attic insulation programs have basically been unchanged for next year.

However, he said there are changes for the BPU’s Energy Star rebate program. He said the changes include offering rebates for just permanent housing fixtures. He said new residential windows, skylights, residential entry doors, HVAC heat pumps and central air conditioning units are included in the program. He said items like refrigerators, clothes washers, dish washers and window air conditioning units have been removed from the program for next year.

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, BPU board president, asked about wall air conditioning units because they are not like a window system. Reynolds said he would look into adding them to the program. Also, Frederick A. Larson, BPU board members, said he through the $25 rebate for windows could be increased to give people more of an incentive to change their nonenergy efficient items. Reynolds said he received around 1,400 rebates for windows so far this year, which he said is a steady number. He said he will do more investigating into possibly increasing the window rebate, as well.

In 2014, there will be two new rebate programs for commercial and industrial customers. One is the BPU weatherization rebate and the second is a customized incentive program. Companies would be eligible for up to $10,000 in rebates for the weatherization program and $15,000 for the customized incentive rebate. The incentive for the weatherizing program would be a 50 percent match for most items. For the customized incentive, the rebate would be paid on annual energy savings multiplied by the incentive rate. The incentive rate for 2014 would be 10 cents per kilowatt hour. For example, a reduction of 30,000 kilowatt hours multiplied by the 10 cent incentive would be a rebate of $3,000.

The BPU will once again also be providing their energy efficient lighting and motor rebates for commercial and industrial customers. David Leathers, BPU general manager, said the 2014 energy rebate programs will be voted on next month by the board.