Energy Efficiency Programs in
Core Energy Efficiency Programs
As of June 1, 2002, New Hampshire electric utility customers can take advantage of new
statewide energy efficiency products and services. These "core" energy
efficiency programs were established consistent with Public Utilities
Commission (PUC) Order 23,574, Order 23,850, and Order 23,982 which
require the utilities to develop a consistent set of innovative, statewide core programs
available to all New Hampshire ratepayers. The core programs will increase the
availability of cost-effective energy-efficient measures and services, while providing
economic and environmental benefits to the State.
The five electric utilities, along with a diverse group of intervenors including ECS,
PUC Staff, the Office of the Consumer Advocate, the Department of Environmental Services
Air Resources Division, New Hampshire Legal Assistance, the Society for the Protection of
NH Forests, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Environmental Responsibility
Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of NH, worked together to create a common set of
statewide core programs. The programs are funded by the energy
efficiency portion of the System
Benefits Charge (SBC) that appears on customers electric bills.
A coalition of New Hampshire Electric utilities dedicated to advancing the
efficient use of energy while caring for the environment and promoting economic
Energy Star� Lighting Program
Residential customers who purchase of Energy Star� rated light bulbs and fixtures can
receive rebate coupons redeemable at participating retailers. Other lighting and select
energy savings products will also be made available from a mail order catalog. A typical
Energy Star� rated Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) lasts up to 10 times longer than an
equivalent incandescent bulb and uses 75% less energy.
Rebate levels available for energy efficient lights and fixtures are: $5 towards
compact fluorescent light bulbs; 10 towards exterior light fixtures; $15 towards interior
light fixtures; and $20 towards torchiere lamps.
Energy Star� Appliance Program
Customers will receive a $50 rebate coupon towards the purchase of an Energy Star �
rated washing machine when purchased at a participating retailer. Energy Star� clothes
washers use 35% to 50% less water and 50% less energy per load, and significantly reducing
drying time too!
Home Energy Efficiency Program
Customers can receive up to $2,500 in rebates and services for qualified energy
efficiency improvements under this program, known as the Residential Retrofit Program.
Improvements include insulation, thermostats, lighting upgrades, and efficient
refrigerators, and a customized report helping customers analyze their home. This program
is targeted first to customers with some permanently installed electric heat, and will
then be offered to those customers with high electric use.
Income Qualified Energy Efficiency Program
Qualified low-income customers living in an apartment or house, either rented or
owned, can receive up to $3,600 in services ($5,900 if customers also qualify for the NH
Weatherization Assistance Program), including a customized report analyzing their home,
improvements including insulation, thermostats, lighting upgrades, and efficient
refrigerators, and recommendations on how to use energy more efficiently.
NH Energy Star� Homes Program
The NH Energy Star� Homes Program encourages customers to take advantage of the benefits
of building or renovating a single or multi-family energy efficient home with rebates up
to $2,500. Energy Star� construction results in reduced monthly operating costs, improved
homeowner comfort and a higher resale value, and environmental benefits.
Small Business Energy Efficiency Program
This program assists small commercial and industrial customers (under 100 kW) by
providing 50% of the installed cost of electrical energy efficiency improvements,
including lighting; occupancy sensors; electric hot water measures; controls for walk-in
coolers; air conditioning; and programmable thermostats.
A similar Large Business Energy Advantage Program assists business customers over 100
kW with financial and technical services to for installation of new energy efficient
equipment through the replacement of old, inefficient equipment in existing facilities.
Rebates are available for lighting conversions and controls; energy
efficient motors; variable frequency drives (VFDs); energy management systems; LED traffic
lights as well as custom projects.
New Construction / Major Renovation Program
This program offers a variety of rebates and technical assistance services to any
commercial/industrial customers building a new facility, undergoing a major renovation, or
replacing failed (end-of-life) equipment. The program.
Specifically designed to help schools access energy efficiency improvements, this program
will pay for up to 100 percent of the incremental costs of energy efficiency projects.
Please contact your utilitys customer service department if you have any
questions or comments about the programs and the service that you receive, or call the
Governors Office of Energy and Community Services at 603-271-2611. You can also
contact the Public Utilities Commissions Consumer Assistance line at 1-800-852-3793.
Pay As You Save (PAYS) Energy Efficiency Products Pilot
The Pay As You Save (PAYS) pilot program, offered by Public Service Company
of New Hampshire (PSNH) and the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), allows certain
customers to finance the purchase of approved efficiency devices, appliances, or services
on their electric bill. [See PUC Order No. 23,851
(11/29/01)] This innovative pilot program provides eligible customers with a way to
purchase efficiency measures, eliminating up-front costs. The costs of installed measures
are repaid over time by participating customers from savings on their electric bills.
Contact NHEC or PSNH
for more information about PAYS.
ECS Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy Programs
The following is an overview of several energy efficiency and renewable
energy programs managed by ECS with funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) and
federal oil overcharge restitution funds:
- BECI - The Building Energy Conservation Initiative (BECI) is a program to cut
energy and water costs in more than 500 state buildings by up to $4 million annually
through building upgrades and retrofits. Energy service companies (ESCOs) perform
the building modifications without capital expenditures by the state. The modifications
are paid for from operating-expense savings in utility costs through a mechanism known as
performance contracting. This highly successful program could be replicated in other
sectors, such as Commercial & Industrial (C&I), non-profits, and at the county or
For more on the BECI program, visit ECS's BECI
- IOF is designed to enhance the
competitiveness of New Hampshire industries through increased energy efficiency and
productivity. Through a partnership between ECS, the Business and Industry
Associations (BIA) WasteCap program, and the U. S. Department of Energy, IOF will
initially target the paper-products, metals, and rubber and plastics industries.
These industry clusters that have the greatest economic, energy, and environmental impacts
in New Hampshire. The emphasis has been on developing strong industry alliances and
nurturing industry leadership.
- Industries of the Future (IOF)
Rebuild New Hampshire is affiliated directly with the US Department of
Energys Rebuild America program, a broad national initiative to reduce energy use
and costs in buildings, now active in every state. Rebuild New Hampshire provides free
technical, educational, and financial resource assistance to communities, both the public
and private sector, to improve the energy-efficiency, productivity, and environmental
performance of buildings of all types. The focus in New Hampshire has been primarily on
schools and municipal buildings, with an emphasis on working with the New Hampshire
Department of Education to improve the quality and performance of school buildings.
For more on the IOF program, go to www.nhiof.org
or visit ECS's IOF website.
For more on Rebuild New Hampshire, go to ECSs
Rebuild NH website.
For more on the Rebuild America program, go to www.rebuild.org
- Energy Codes - ECS is active in fostering increased compliance with New
Hampshires residential and commercial energy codes. In 1999, a joint effort of ECS,
the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and the state's building industry resulted in the
adoption of a new residential energy code that will result in a significant reduction of
energy costs in the residential sector. Since then, ECS and the PUC have sponsored 18
workshops around the state which have helped to educate more than 500 builders,
architects, engineers, contractors, and code officials about the revised energy code.
the Commercial and Industrial side, ECS, Public Service of New Hampshire and Granite State
Electric Company co-sponsored a study to assess the effectiveness of the current New
Hampshire C&I code, ASHRAE 90.1 - 1989. Following the results of this study, a series
of code trainings for builders, architects, engineers, and code officials were conducted
Energy Conservation Coordinator
Public Utility Commission (PUC)
8 Old Suncock Road
Concord, NH 03301-7319
Phone: (603) 271-6306
E-mail: [email protected]
Energy Program Manager
Governor's Office of Energy and Community Services
57 Regional Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603 271 0477
Fax: 603 271 2615
E-mail: [email protected]
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