BPU Board Passes New Energy Rebates

There will be new programs and changes to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities 2014 energy efficiency programs.

On Tuesday, the BPU’s board approved the changes and the new programs during a regular meeting. There will be changes to the BPU’s Energy Star rebate program. The changes include offering rebates for only permanently installed housing fixtures. The rebate program will include new residential windows, skylights, residential entry doors, HVAC heat pumps and central air conditioning units. Items like refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers and window air conditioning units have been removed from the program for next year.

Last month during a presentation on the energy efficiency program, it was suggested to increase the rebate for windows, which was bumped up from $25 to $35 per window.

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 commercial and industrial weatherization program will also offer a rebate to customers who improve the thermal envelop of their buildings.

The BPU will once again also be providing their energy efficient lighting and motor rebates for commercial and industrial customers. The program includes a change by decreasing the incentive for T8 lighting by $10 per fixture for the three different types of T8 lighting covered.

The attic insulation and home energy audit and weatherization programs will remain unchanged in 2014.

Fred Larson, BPU board member, complimented state officials on allowing the BPU to run their own energy efficiency program.

“With this program, New York state has allowed us to customize it to our needs,” he said. “No state mandates, no rules and no (regulations).”