Company Website Service
Southern Company http://www.southerncompany.com/ 1-800-245-2244
Alabama Power http://www.alabamapower.com 1-800-245-2244
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative http://powersouth.com/ 1-334-427-3000
Wiregrass Electric
Cooperative
http://www.wiregrass.coop/ 1-800-239-4602
Tennessee Valley Authority http://tva.gov 1-865-632-2101
DECATUR UTILITIES http://www.decaturutilities.com/ 1-256-552-1400
SWEPCO https://www.swepco.com/Default.aspx 1-888-216-3523
American Electric Power http://www.aep.com/ 1-614-716-1000 
Entergy http://www.entergy.com/ 1-800-368-3749
CLECO http://www.cleco.com/site.php 1-318-484-7400
Cinergy Corporation http://www.duke-energy.com/ohio.asp 1-800-544-6900
FirstEnergy https://www.firstenergycorp.com/illuminating_company.html 1-888-544-4877
Cleveland Electric
Illuminating Compa
https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/illuminating_company.html 1-800-589-3101
Ohio Edison https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/ohio_edison.html 1-800-633-4766
Toledo Edison https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/toledo_edison.html 1-800-447-3333
American Electric Power https://www.aepohio.com/ 1-800-672-2231
Dayton Power & Light http://www.dpandl.com/ 1-800-433-8500
South Central Power Company http://www.southcentralpower.com/ 1-800-282-5064 
Consolidated Electric
Cooperative
http://www.consolidatedelectric.coop/ 1-800-421-5863
Central Maine Power http://www.cmpco.com/ 1-800-750-4000
Bangor Hydro Electric http://www.bhe.com/ 1-800-499-6600
Oklahoma Gas & Electric http://www.oge.com/Pages/Home.aspx 1-800-272-9741
Public Service Company of
Oklahoma,
https://www.psoklahoma.com/ 1-888-216-3523
Arizona Public Service http://www.aps.com  1-800-253-9405
Salt River Project http://www.srpnet.com/ 1-602-236-8888
Tucson Electric Power http://www.tep.com 1-520-623-7711
Allegheny Power http://www.alleghenypower.com 1-800-255-3443
Baltimore Gas & Electric http://www.bge.com 1-877-778-2222
Choptank Electric Cooperative http://www.choptankelectric.com/ 1-877-892-0001
PEPCO http://www.pepco.com/  1-202-833-7500
Southern Maryland Electric
Cooperativ
https://www.smeco.coop/index.aspx 1-888-440-3311
Columbia River Publix utility
District
http://www.crpud.net/ 1-503-397-0590
Pacific Corp. http://www.pacificpower.net/footer/contact.html 1-888-221-7070
Portland General Electric http://www.portlandgeneral.com/default.aspx 1-800-542-8818
West Oregon Electric
Cooperative
http://www.westoregon.org/ 1-800-777-1276
Canby Utility http://www.ci.canby.or.us/cityservices/cityserv.htm#Water/Electric 1-503-266-1156
Salem Electric http://www.salemelectric.com/ 1-503-362-3601
Tillamook Peoples Utility http://www.tpud.org/ 1-800-422-2535
Ashland Electric http://www.ashland.or.us/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=423  1-541-488-5357
Wasco Electric http://www.wascoelectric.com/ 1-800-341-8580
Entergy http://www.entergy.com 1-800-368-3749
North Little Rock Electric http://www.nlrelectric.com 1-501-975-8888
Massachusetts Municipal
Wholesale
http://www.mmwec.org/ 1-413-589-0141
NSTAR http://www.nstar.com 1-800-592-2000
Northeast Utilities http://www.nu.com/ 1-877-659-6326
National Grid, ( Nantucket
Electric an
https://www1.nationalgridus.com/StateLandingMA 1-877-696-4743
Peabody Municipal Light Plant http://www.pmlp.com/ 1-978-531-5975
Rural Valley Electric http://www.valleyrec.com/ 1-800-432-0680
FirstEnergy, (Penn Power,
Met-Ed, Pen
http://www.firstenergycorp.com 1-800-545-7741
Met-Ed, (FirstEnergy)  https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/met_edison.html 1-800-545-7741
Penelec, (FirstEnergy)  https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/penelec.html 1-800-545-7741
Penn Power,
(FirstEnergy) 
https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/penn_power.html 1-800-720-3600
West Penn Power,
(FirstEnergy) 
https://www.firstenergycorp.com/west_penn_power.html 1-800-686-0021
PECO https://www.peco.com/Pages/Home.aspx 1-800-494-4000
Alleegeheny Power http://www.alleghenyenergy.com/ContactUs.asp 1-800-255-3443
PPL http://www.pplelectric.com/ 1-800-342-5775
Duquesne Light https://www.duquesnelight.com/forYourHome/CustomerService/default.cfm 1-412-393-7200
Citizens Electric of
Lewisburg
http://www.citizenselectric.com/ 1-570-522-6144
Pike County Light & Power
Company,
http://www.oru.com/index.html 1-877-434-4100
UGI Utilities http://www.ugi.com/portal/page/portal/UGI/Home 1-800-652-0550
Wellsboro Electric Company http://wellsboroelectric.com/ 1-570-724-3516
Alameda Municipal Power http://www.alamedamp.com 1-510-748-3900
Anaheim Public utilities http://www.anaheim.net 1-714-765-4311
Azusa Light & Water http://www.ci.azusa.ca.us 1-626-812-5225
City of Palo Alto Utilities http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/utl/default.asp 1-650-329-2161
Bear Valley Electric http://www.bves.com 1-800-808-2837
Burbank Water & Power http://www.burbankwaterandpower.com 1-818-238-3700
Colton Public Utilities http://www.coltononline.com 1-909-370-5555
Glendale Public Service
Department
http://www.glendalewaterandpower.com 1-818-548-3300
Gridley Municipal Utilities http://www.gridley.ca.us/city-departments/electric-department 1-530-846-5695
Healdsburg Municipal,
Electric Depart
http://www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us/index.aspx?page=62 1-707-431-3300
Los Angeles Department, of
Water an
https://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/homepage.jsp 1-800-342-5397
Mountain Utilities   1-209-258-7332
Pacific Gas & Electric http://www.pge.com/ 1-800-743-5000
PacifiCorp http://www.pacificorp.com 1-888-221-7070
Pasadena Water & Power http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/waterandpower/ 1-626-744-4005
Riverside Public Utilities http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/ 1-951-782-0330
Sacramento Municipal Utility
District
http://www.smud.org 1-888-456-7683
Silicon Valley Power http://siliconvalleypower.com 1-408-615-2300
San Diego Gas & Electric http://sdge.com 1-800-411-7343
Sierra-Pacific Power http://www.nvenergy.com 1-775-834-4444
Southern California Edison http://www.sce.com 1-800-655-4555
Southern California Public
Power Auth
http://www.scppa.org/ 1-626-793-9364
Surprise Valley power http://www.surprisevalleyelectric.org 1-866-843-2667
Vernon Light & Power http://www.cityofvernon.org/city_services/light_and_power.htm 1-323-583-8811
Valley Electric association http://www.vea.coop/ 1-800-742-3330 
Consumers Energy http://www.consumersenergy.com/ 1-800-477-5050
DTE Energy – (Detroit Edison) http://www.dteenergy.com/ 1-800-477-4747 
Excel Energy http://www.xcelenergy.com/ 1-800-895-4999
We Energies http://www.we-energies.com/ 1-800-242-9137
American Electric Power http://www.aep.com/ 1-800-277-2177
Holland Board of Public Works http://www.hollandbpw.com/Pages/Home.aspx 1-616-355-1500
Lansing Board of Water &
Light
http://www.lbwl.com/ 1-800-493-8009
Upper Peninsula Power Company http://www.uppco.com/ 1-800-562-7680
National Grid, Narragansett https://www1.nationalgridus.com/RhodeIsland GAS = 1-800-870-1664, ELECTRIC = 1-800-322-3223
Great River Energy http://www.greatriverenergy.com/ 1-763-445-5000
Minnkota Power Cooperative http://www.minnkota.com/ 1-701-795-4000
Basin Electric Power
Cooperative
http://www.basinelectric.com/ 1-701-223-0441
East River Electric Power
Co-op
http://www.eastriver.coop/ 1-605-256-4536
Interstate Power and Light
Company –
http://www.alliantenergy.com/index.htm 1-800-255-4268
L&O Power Co-op http://www.landopowercoop.com/ 1-712-472-2556
Minnesota Power http://www.mnpower.com/ 1-800-228-4966
Otter Tail Power Company https://www.otpco.com/Pages/default.aspx 1-800-257-4044
People’s Co-op http://www.peoplesrec.com/ 1-507-367-7000
Tri-County Electric http://www.tec.coop/ 1-800-432-2285
Rochester Public Utilities http://www.rpu.org/ 1-800-778-3421
Hutchinson Utilities
Commission
http://www.hutchinsonutilities.com/ 1-320-587-4746
Marshall Municipal Utilities http://www.marshallutilities.com/ 1-507-537-7005
Missouri River Energy
Services
http://www.mrenergy.com/ 1-800-678-4042
Xcelenergy http://www.xcelenergy.com/ 1-800-895-4999
Otter Trail Power Co https://www.otpco.com/Pages/default.aspx 1-800-257-4044
Montana Dakota http://www.montana-dakota.com/Pages/Overview.aspx 1-800-638-3278
Black Hills http://www.blackhillspower.com/index.htm 1-800-742-8948
East River Electric
Cooperative
http://www.eastriver.coop/ 1-605-256-4536
Rushmore Electric Power
Cooperative
http://www.rushelec.com/ 1-800-344-4759
Ameren http://www.ameren.com 1-800-552-7583 
Kansas City Power & Light http://www.kcpl.com/ 1-888-471-5275
Empire District Electric http://www.empiredistrict.com Electric: 1-800-206-2300, Gas: 1-800-424-0427 
Aquila – Black Hills Energy http://www.blackhillsenergy.com 1-888-890-5554
City Utilities of Springfield http://www.cityutilities.net 1-417-863-9000
Independence Power and Light http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/Default.aspx 1-816-325-7494

Convenience Store Decisions Article

By John Lofton

Savvy convenience store chains are leading the charge toward more energy-efficient store equipment that both respects the environment and lowers operating costs, using everything from LED lighting and state-of-the-art cooler doors to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings and clean fleet initiatives to do so.  

Doing the Right Things

It’s the right thing to do for the environment. Customer perceptions of retail companies often start with what they see and experience in the stores. Customers equate cleanliness with safety, 

Feldman chose a high-efficiency lighting system that included LEDs, both inside the store and under the gas canopies, and energy-free cooler doors made of multi-layered glass that remains condensation-free without using additional heat. On the exterior of the building, the company uses a highly reflective roof material that increases the store’s interior efficiency without adding to the urban heat island effect.

The company also opted for an ultra-light concrete mix that helps to reflect the sun and made extensive use of regional materials that didn’t need to be trucked far to lower the construction’s carbon footprint. “The brick, aggregate for the concrete and gypsum board were all mined and manufactured in central Iowa,” Feldman proudly noted.

We used LEDs under the canopies for energy efficiency and also to provide the light levels perceived necessary for safety that we just couldn’t get with other lighting systems,” Feldman said

 

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Southern California Edison (SCE) offers you the financial resources you need to implement your energy efficiency projects affordably and with ease. On-bill financing, together with SCE’s incentive programs, can help you pay for energy- and money-saving improvements that enhance your bottom line On-Bill Financing (OBF) Re-Opening July 16, 2012

0% Interest, No Fees Loans

Effective Monday, July 16, 2012, the On-Bill Financing (OBF) offering will resume accepting applications for new Energy Efficient projects. The offering will provide $31 million in funding, with $15 million of it reserved for SCE’s Local Governmental & Institutional (G&I) Partnership customers, and $16 million for Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural, and non-partner G&I customers.

OBF funding will be available on a “first approved – first served” basis. An OBF application gets approved upon PA approval [Customized] or when the IR Letter is sent out [Express]. A quality application is one that is complete with eligible solutions and all required information and documentation.

On-Bill Financing is provided and operated by SCE, and allows eligible customers to make payments as part of a line item on their SCE bill. This program offers a zero-interest loan for the installation(s) of qualified energy-efficient equipment.

With On-Bill Financing, you will enjoy:

  • 0% interest loan
  • No fees or loan costs
  • Convenient loan repayment through your monthly SCE bill

Along with On-Bill Financing, you will also receive these benefits from your energy-efficiency project:

  • Financial incentives for installing qualifying energy-efficient equipment
  • Lower monthly electricity costs
  • Long-term energy savings

 

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On-Bill Financing For Energy Efficiency Projects Video
 

We are paying for energy efficiency projects whether or not we do the projects. Why? The payback is already in your utility payments.

Energy efficiency equipment differs fiom other capital equipment, because the dollars saved by installing energy efficiency equipment can be used to pay for the project.

Postponing the installation of energy saving equipment can be an expensive decision. Cost savings from increased energy efficiency can be used to finance the new energy saving equipment;

Equipment Purchase 

Equipment such as improved lighting fixtures, chillers, thermostats, etc. (and related services) can be purchased outright if you have enough cash reserves available and the investment will not harm your balance sheet. The advantage is that the savings resulting from the improved energy efficiency will be immediately available to you and will go right to the bottom line. Depreciation on most equipment purchases can also be tax-deductible. The down side is that the cash used will not be available for other, competing investments.

Capital Leases 

A capital lease is similar to an installment purchase, with little or no initial outlay involved. You can take a deduction for depreciation and the interest part of the payment. The lease transfers ownership of the property to you at the end of the lease. The lease contains a bargain purchase option. The lease term covers 75 percent or more of the estimated economic life of the equipment. The value of the lease equals or exceeds 90 percent of the fair market value of the equipment at the beginning of the lease period.

Performance Contracting 

Performance contracting is a financing mechanism that arose to address a common problem with energy upgrades. Organizations are often both short on cash to pay for upgrades up front and are unsure of the benefits of the investment. Under performance contracting, an energy services company, or ESCO, installs the equipment in your facility and receives payment out of the resulting savings. (For this reason, performance contracts are also referred to as shared savings contracts). This arrangement gives the service provider an incentive to make sure the project is successful.

On-Bill Financing

Upfront costs are a major barrier to implementing energy efficiency projects in homes and businesses. On-Bill financing is a the best alternative when financing energy efficiency projects because the source of repayment is already in the utility line item in your operating budget 

Keeps costs completely off the balance sheet. Utilities will sponsor 100 percent of the upfront costs of a retrofit and allow the customer to pay back the investment through their monthly utility bills. Because customers are saving money through efficiency from day one, they are able to pay back the loan and interest, without ever having to swallow capital costs. 

Considering the low default rate on paying utility bills (most people will do what it takes to keep the lights on), and given the fact that efficiency retrofits start saving money immediately, efficiency financing investments ought be considered extremely low-risk.

Where to Start

The top three projects with proven energy and/or capacity savings are eligible, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. Examples of projects include: 

Interior Lighting systems

Pumps and motors

Parking Lot Lights, Streetlights

Conclusion

Access to capital for an energy-efficiency upgrade need not be an issue. Some upgrades require little funding. For those that do require investment, don’t worry; there are many traditional and non-traditional financial resources available. A well-designed upgrade can provide your business a positive cash flow from energy savings while paying off the capital investment for new equipment. 

It’s your business decision to weigh your competing needs for capital versus continuing increases in operating costs for energy. Remember, even a longer return-on-investment on energy efficiency results in affordable comfort, and new, more reliable equipment that will pay for itself with energy savings. Strategic energy efficiency investments are your hedge against the certainty of higher utility bills that you cannot control.

 

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10 ways facility managers can boost a building’s energy efficiency in 2012:

1. Start at the bottom. Instead of reducing consumption, start with nothing and justify how much you actually need. Talk about eliminating waste. Do we install a high-efficiency air conditioner or retrofit the building so effectively that we don’t need an air conditioner? What does 20 percent savings mean, anyway? Compared to what? What if you could get your building to operate within 10 percent of its best technical potential? It’s like doing the limbo — how low could you go with no constraints? How does that change your approach to building energy performance?

2. Go retro. Retro-commission your building right now. With almost instantaneous payback, this one is a no-brainer. Make sure the building is operating the way it was designed to operate and hasn’t been sabotaged by well-meaning building engineers. Operating an uncommissioned building is like driving your car down the road with the gas cap hanging open and the blinker on; you look like an idiot.

3. Show me the money. Lobby hard for energy efficiency financing programs in your community, maybe even through your Business Improvement District. Exciting, emerging programs — often including third-party businesses — pay for efficiency upgrades through your property taxes (PACE) and “on bill” through your utility. These investors see the predictable, replicable and relatively low-risk value in energy efficiency. 2012 will likely see more of these programs popping up.

4. Tighten up. I know, it sounds like a broken record, but I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to seal the gaps. Like a gut that creeps up on a middle-aged man, air infiltration can sneak up on you over the years. Check the weatherstripping at doors and windows and seal those cracks. Construct a vestibule to reduce infiltration. Don’t know where to start? Get a building energy audit (through your utility) with infrared imaging to show exactly where the heat is escaping. You will be surprised at what you see.

5. Let the sun shine. Clear up the window clutter and take advantage of daylighting. If the clutter includes perimeter office spaces, consider a little selective demolition to open up the work areas, improve the space plan, and let the sun shine in. Consider a fresh coat of light-colored paint and replace those depressing yellowed ceiling tiles. It will improve daylighting and make your people feel better about coming to work.

6. Take control. Lighting and HVAC controls have come a long way, baby. Take advantage of it. Install light switches with built-in occupancy and/or daylight sensors in every room. Buy task lights so you don’t have to turn on those stadium lights just to work quietly at dusk. Think of it as creating a lighting landscape — you don’t want flat light. For that matter, you probably need only half the level of ambient lighting you think you do, so eliminate unnecessary overhead fixtures. The esteemed Victor Papanek once told me that human beings are most attractive in softer light anyway. And before we get too far off the subject of controls, if your HVAC system isn’t programmed, that is a 21st century must-have for homes and commercial buildings.

7. Retrofit windows. Window films have been transformed in the past decade. Gone are smoke and mirrors. We can now apply practically clear retrofit films to existing windows and achieve nearly 50 percent heat rejection — both keeping it in and out, depending on the season. Or maybe you do need a low tint so you can throw out those dusty vertical blinds from 1985 and enjoy the view. Combine this with sealing and retrofitting the windows in general, replacing single glazing with insulated panels. It’s cheaper than replacing with new windows and often results in the same performance.

8. Seal ducts. What if you made gizmos, but only 75 percent of them got to the customer? That’s unsustainable by any definition. Recent studies indicate that leaking ductwork is one of the primary construction defects in both commercial and residential buildings, with common repercussions resulting in 10-25 percent leakage in commercial buildings and ridiculously more in homes. It’s crazy not to inspect during construction and check existing ductwork for leakage. A number of terrific elastomeric products are available for addressing this, but it requires more than just duct tape, guys — sorry.

9. Add some bling. Sometimes a little bling is OK, especially if it’s working hard for you — like exterior awnings and shading devices, or maybe a green roof to reduce surface temperature and inspire people to say, “Oh, how pretty.” If you’ve accomplished ALL the energy efficiency measures you can manage, then now is the time to look at renewable energy. The cost of photovoltaics is coming down fast, and solar thermal has always been affordable. Go for it.

10. All together now! Human behavior has a huge impact on energy efficiency. In fact, various studies suggest people influence building energy consumption between 12-17 percent. It takes a village. Create a green team, install a real-time energy and water consumption display, monitor every aspect of the building’s performance and reward facilities staff for great management.

 

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Attention Supermarkets, Convenience Store Owners, Facility Managers and Business Owners – T12 Bonus Rebates Have Been Extended

Bonus rebates of up to 50% for T12 upgrades extended through March 31, 2012

Bonus rebates of up to 30% for T12 upgrades from April 1 to December 31, 2012

Due to the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Regulations, nearly all inefficient T12 fluorescent lighting will be phased out in 2012 and will no longer be available. To help customers with this significant change, we are extending our bonus rebates for T12 to T8 retrofit, T12 to T8 delamping and T12 to T5 retrofit measures into 2012.



Urge your customers to upgrade their inefficient T12 lighting by 3/31/12

Now through March 31, 2012, all Xcel Energy Colorado business electricity customers are eligible for up to a 50 percent bonus rebate — above and beyond current rebate levels — for certain T12 upgrades.

T12 upgrades completed and invoiced between April 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012, will be eligible for up to a 30 percent bonus rebate. Please remember Xcel Energy anticipates rebates for T12 upgrades will not be available after December 31, 2012, due to the increasing DOE efficiency standards

 

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Getting some feedback can help you save your energy costs

Published Monday August 22nd, 2011

A home energy monitor is a wall-mounted device that displays a readout of the amount and cost of power being used at any given moment. In other words, it provides instant feedback: If you turn on a power hog like a clothes dryer, you’ll see dollars and kilowatt-hours flash by on the display in real-time. Before long, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how much everything uses and what’s really running up your bill, and then you can take action. It’s estimated that home energy monitors can result in power bill savings of up to 15 per cent.

Some meters, such as GE’s Energy Monitoring Dashboard, must be wired directly into new homes. Others, such as the PowerCost Monitor by Blueline Innovations of Newfoundland (www.bluelineinnovations.com), are available at hardware stores and can be installed easily in any home.

In the future, you’ll be able to monitor and adjust your home’s power consumption from anywhere using an online service such as Google’s free Powermeter 

 

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Power Factor Correction Equipment

Power Factor Correction Equipment for commercial and industrial facilities are designed  as affordable electrical solutions that:;

  • Protect valuable electronics and equipment from power surges
  • Deliver optimal current to valuable electronics and business equipment
  • Extend motor life by running at cooler temperatures
  • Improve Energy efficiencies and provide real energy savings
Providing engineered solutions and customized energy efficiency to improve energy efficiency of the business, reduce your monthly utility costs and protect electrical circuits and valuable equipment from transients and surge disturbances in; Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Gas Stations, Condo Associations, Hotels/Motels, Retail Stores, Schools, Clinics, Health Clubs, Manufacturing Plants, Electrical Submersible pumps, Machine Shops, Office Buildings,Data Centers, Parking lot lighting, Light Industrial
 
Power Factor Correction Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

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ARC Tech Water Well

The ARC Tech Water Well is designed for installation at the load point to further enhance the efficiencies provided by the ARC-Tech Pro at the primary, main service panel.

The ARC Tech Water Well improves energy efficiency to water wells. Research and testing show that line losses are substantially reduced and compressor and pump motors operate at lower temperatures by installing these devices directly at the load.

  • Specifically designed for water well pumps
  • Current Conditioner-Amp Reduction-Energy Savings
  • Installs on electrical service for the pump
  • Protects down hole pumps from dirty current and reduces expensive maintenance
  • Extends the life of well pumps