Value of electricity for businesses

Industrial-grade electric technology is becoming more efficient every year, as are the buildings that hold them. Additionally, equipment manufacturers are electrifying many tools that are key to building the businesses of the future – like construction site loaders, forklifts and more.

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Businesses often have an abundance of opportunities to experience the Value of Electricity. Utilities that participate in the PowerSavers program can offer business customers valuable incentives for utilizing high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies, lighting, variable speed drives and food service equipment – whether in a new construction or as a retrofit.
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What qualifies for an energy efficiency incentive?

Please see the Business Incentives Applications below for incentive levels and requirements.


  • Clothes washer (ENERGY STAR)
  • Clothes dryer (ENERGY STAR)
  • Refrigerator or freezer (ENERGY STAR)

Electric water heaters

  • Must be on the off-peak program

HVAC measures

  • AC tune-up
  • Air-source heat pump
  • Window/wall AC (ENEGY STAR)
  • Furnace (air handler) blower retrofit
  • Mini-split heat pump
  • Packaged terminal heat pump
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Packaged terminal AC
  • Split system AC
  • Unitary single packaged air conditioning
  • Air-cooled chillers
  • Water-cooled chillers

Refrigeration measures

  • Anti-sweat heater control (cooler or heater)
  • Auto-closure on walk-in cooler/freezer doors
  • Compressor fan ECM
  • Condenser fan ECM
  • ECM evaporator fan
  • ENERGY STAR commercial solid or glass door freezer/refrigerator
  • ENERGY STAR ice machine
  • LED case lighting
  • Energy efficient case door
  • Cooling/VendingMiser
  • SnackMiser
  • Strip curtain

Ground-source heat pumps

  • Water-to-air
  • Water-to-water


  • LED technologies
  • Lighting controls
  • Integrated sensors

Other food service measures

  • Electric steam cooker (ENERGY STAR)
  • Electric fryer (ENERGY STAR)
  • Electric griddles and ovens
  • Holding cabinets (ENERGY STAR)

Variable frequency drives

  • Motors, pumps and fans must operate a minimum of 1,500 hours annually to be eligible.
All business measures for PowerSavers incentives must adhere to the requirements of the program as instructed in the Business Incentives applications below. Check with your utility on program restrictions and additional incentives.

Business custom incentives

A custom incentive program was designed to aid any retail, agricultural, commercial, school or industrial customer looking to install energy-saving technologies and projects that fall outside the bounds of the standard program. Eligible programs will receive incentives based on a set formula ($/kWh first year saved) as a means for improving the project’s return investment.

These projects must receive prior approval before any equipment is purchased or installed.

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