Smart Saver® Incentive Updates
As equipment technologies improve and federal energy policies are amended, efficiency levels will change. Notification of any resulting program or incentive revisions are posted below.
Smart $aver Prescriptive Incentive types and dollar amounts increased for customers in the Carolinas
March 2014 – Last month, we made some upgrades to the Smart $aver Prescriptive Incentive program. These changes include increased incentive amounts customers in North Carolina and South Carolina may receive for projects, as well as several new incentive options.
Customers may now apply for incentives that reimburse them for up to 75 percent of their project cost, instead of the 50 percent maximum used in the past.
Additionally, new incentives are available for information technology , LED lighting, cool roofs, HVAC units and food service equipment. More details can be found below and on the updated applications.
- For measures removed from the Smart $aver Prescriptive program, the deadline for submitting applications is May 8, 2014.
- For decreased incentives (2013 incentive was higher than 2014 – this includes replacement of T12 lighting), the submission deadline to receive higher incentive amounts is May 8, 2014.
- For increased incentives (2014 incentive is higher than 2013), the higher incentive is paid to all customers who submitted an application on or after Feb. 7, 2014.
New Smart $aver Prescriptive Incentive options available in the Midwest
March 2014 –Customers throughout the Midwest (Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio) may now take advantage of several new Smart $aver Prescriptive Incentive options, including ones that reimburse for:
- Information technology
- LED Lighting
- Cool Roofs
- HVAC units
- Food service equipment
More details may be found on the updated program brochures
New Incentives Added to the North Carolina Smart $aver Prescriptive Program
January 2, 2013 – Several new incentives were added to the Smart $aver Prescriptive Incentive program in North Carolina, including a larger variety of LED and induction lighting applications. Changes to South Carolina incentives are coming soon.
New rebates for North Carolina customers under our standard, "prescriptive" Smart Saver program are detailed below. More details can be found on the updated applications.
- Lighting incentive updates include the following measures:
- T8’s replacing T12’s, delamping, retrofit only
- CFL screw-in dimmable or three-way bulbs
- CFL flood lamps with reflectors
- Energy Star LED bulbs and downlights
- Exterior and garage lighting
- Food service incentive updates include:
- ECM motors for walk-in cooler and freezer cases
- Pre-rinse sprayers
- Snack machine controllers
- Beverage reach-in controllers
- Door gaskets
- HVAC incentive updates include:
- Guest room energy management controls
Additional measures will be removed from the Carolinas Smart $aver Prescriptive application as of December 31, 2012. Please see applications for details and requirements.
Smart $aver® incentives for motors and certain standard T8 lighting measures to end in North and South Carolina
Aug. 31, 2012 – Incentives offered to North and South Carolina businesses for many standard and high output T8 and all T5 fluorescent lamps replacing T12 fixtures will end on Dec. 31, 2012. In addition, incentives currently available for premium motors will also be removed from the Smart $aver® Prescriptive program. Equipment that is installed and operable by the end of the year will still qualify, providing that the applications are received within 90 days of the installation date.
Incentives for several T8s replacing T12s will continue to be available in 2013, including:
- all standard two and three foot T8s
- all high performance T8s
The online incentive applications for both motors and lighting have been updated to reflect these upcoming modifications.
Lighting incentives for converting T12 fixtures to standard T8s and T5s to end in Kentucky
Aug. 31, 2012 – New federal standards for fluorescent commercial/industrial lighting went into effect July 14, 2012. As a part of the U.S. Department of Energy's strategy to encourage replacement of less-efficient lighting systems with highly efficient T8 and T5 fluorescent technologies, manufacturers will be required to terminate the production of most T12 fluorescent lamps. As a result, Duke Energy Kentucky will cease to offer incentives for certain standard T8s and all T5 fixtures replacing T12s.
Incentives for reduced-wattage and high performance T8 lamps will continue to be available through 2013. Please refer to the Kentucky Smart $aver Prescriptive Lighting Application to see which lighting retrofits qualify.
Incentive phase-out timeline for four foot T12 to standard T8 and all T5 retrofits
- Materials purchased and installed by Oct. 15, 2012
- Application submitted by Jan. 15, 2013
Kentucky Smart $aver® Prescriptive Incentive portfolio expands
July 26, 2012 – The Kentucky Public Service Commission recently approved the expansion of the Smart $aver Prescriptive Incentive program. In addition to adding over 60 new measures, the annual program caps of $50,000 for commercial and industrial customers and $100,000 for K-12 schools have been eliminated.
For a comprehensive list of the new measures, visit the Kentucky Smart $aver web page. In order to be eligible for these incentives, equipment must have been purchased on or after July 23, 2012.
Smart $aver Custom Incentive pilot approved for C&I customers in Kentucky
April 12, 2012 – The Kentucky Public Service Commission recently approved a custom incentive pilot program for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, running through the end of 2013.
The pilot enables Kentucky businesses to qualify for energy saving technologies not found in the Kentucky Smart Saver Prescriptive portfolio. The pilot is effective immediately with funding capped at $500,000 per fiscal year (fiscal year ends June 30). Incentives are available on a first come-first served basis. The Smart $aver Custom Incentive program for K-12 Schools is not affected by the C&I pilot.
Smart $aver® lighting incentives for standard T8s to end in Indiana
March 30, 2012 – While rebates for "standard" T8s replacing T12s are no longer part of Indiana's Smart $aver Prescriptive program, they may still qualify for Smart $aver Custom Incentives. High Performance and Reduced Wattage T8 incentives will continue to be available through both the Duke Energy Smart $aver programs and the Energizing Indiana C&I program.
Customers electing to apply for standard T8 and/or T5 retrofits through the Smart $aver Custom program must apply in advance of purchase and installation. Pre-approval is required for all Custom applications. Standard T8 and T5 fixtures will eventually be phased out of the Indiana Smart $aver Custom program; however the timing of their removal is still under evaluation.
Duke Energy Indiana expands the Smart $aver® Incentive portfolio
March 28, 2012 – The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission recently approved Duke Energy's request to expand the Smart $aver Incentive program, offering a greater variety of incentives to all commercial and industrial customers.
The expansion changes the Indiana Smart $aver Incentive program in three primary ways:
- The Prescriptive portfolio was enlarged to include a wider array of qualifying equipment
- A Custom Incentive program is now available to cover high-efficiency equipment not offered in the Prescriptive program.
- The Smart Saver Programs are open to all nonresidential customers in the Duke Energy Indiana service territory. Large Business customers (>500 KW) are no longer excluded.
Additions to the Prescriptive Incentives include:
- Process equipment
- CFL Specialty bulbs
- Energy Star LED bulbs
- Exterior and Garage LED and Induction lighting
- Air Cooled Chillers
- Chiller Tunes-ups
- Food Service equipment
Lighting incentives for standard T8s and T5s to end in Ohio
Feb. 13, 2012 – New federal standards for fluorescent commercial/industrial lighting go into effect July 14, 2012. As a part of the U.S. Department of Energy's strategy to encourage replacement of less-efficient lighting systems with highly efficient T8 and T5 fluorescent technologies, manufacturers will be required to terminate the production of most T12 fluorescent lamps. As a result of this mandate, Duke Energy Ohio will cease to offer incentives for most standard T8s and all T5 fixtures replacing T12s.
Incentives for reduced-wattage and high performance T8 lamps will continue to be available through 2013. Please refer to the Ohio Smart $aver Prescriptive Lighting Application to see which T12 lighting retrofits still qualify.
Incentive phase-out timeline for T12s converting to standard T8s andT5s (Prescriptive and Custom)
- Materials purchased by July 15, 2012
- Materials installed by Oct. 15, 2012
- Application/Payment Request submitted by Jan. 15, 2013
Changes to qualifications for specific equipment measures take effect with the New Year
Jan. 2, 2012 – A handful of changes to particular lighting and HVAC eligibility requirements were implemented for 2012. The corresponding prescriptive incentive applications have been revised to reflect these modifications.
- The fixture efficiency requirement of 90 percent or higher for high bay lighting was removed. Vapor-tight high bay fixtures will now qualify for Prescriptive incentives.
- High performance and reduced wattage ballasts and lamps on the CEE qualified product lists can be mixed and still be eligible for incentives. Previously, ballast and lamp combinations were required to be from the same CEE list.
- The HVAC application was updated to clarify that the combined effect of the window and film must result in a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.40 or less, or a shading coefficient of 0.45 or less.
- For Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, minimum efficiency requirements for rooftop and unitary heat pumps and air conditioners were increased due to the adoption of ASHRAE 90.1-2007 in all three states.
- In Ohio only, a minimum requirement of 35 watts per lumen is required for outdoor and garage LED and induction lighting.
Eligibility requirements for several Custom measures to change
Nov. 17, 2011 – We’ve recently made changes to the way we qualify certain energy efficiency equipment seen recurrently coming though the Smart $aver® Custom Incentive program.
Currently, the Smart Saver® Custom Incentive program is not available in Indiana.
- Compressed Air redundancy
Smart $aver incentives require that the equipment being replaced be removed and disposed of properly. However, compressed air system redundancy can be important, so you may keep your system as a backup. To qualify for a Custom Incentive, you must provide and commit to an operational plan for the backup system when you submit your application. Previously, the Custom Incentive program required that you remove your existing equipment before requesting incentive payment.
- Variable Frequency Drives on new equipment
For some new equipment, a VFD is considered a standard feature, and thus ineligible for an incentive. However, if a VFD is not standard for new equipment and an appropriate baseline can be established showing a simple payback of more than one year, an application for a Custom Incentive will be considered. On retrofit projects, VFDs can be considered for incentives if reduced electrical consumption is projected for the equipment on which the VFD is to be installed.
- LED Fixtures – Indoor, Garage & Outdoor
Energy Star or DLC qualified LED fixtures replacing any fixture may be eligible for a Custom Incentive. This is a change from our previous requirement that the applicant submit an LM-79 test document for their proposed fixture. The ability (or need) to apply for custom incentives using LM-79 test documentation will expire January 31, 2012.
- HP ballasts and reduced wattage bulbs
High-performance or reduced-wattage fluorescent lighting installations qualify for Smart $aver® Prescriptive Incentives if both the ballast and the bulb are on the same CEE list. Until industry listings are updated, lighting projects that don’t meet this Prescriptive requirement can be submitted for a Custom Incentive. This is a program expansion to include very specific fixtures that are excluded from the current Prescriptive Incentives portfolio.
To learn more about these and other common program questions, visit the Smart $aver Custom Incentive FAQ tab for the state in which your facility is located.
Ohio Mercantile Self Direct rebate pilot extended
Oct. 11, 2011 – The expiration date for the Mercantile Self Direct rebate pilot, which provides incentives to qualifying Ohio customers for past energy efficiency projects, has been extended. Businesses now have until Aug. 15, 2012 to apply for projects from three years prior.
Previously scheduled to expire in March, the Public Utilities Commission Ohio recently agreed to extend the Mercantile Self Direct (MSD) pilot until Sep. 15, 2012. To adequately allow for processing time, all MSD applications must be received, with all necessary information, by Aug. 15, 2012 to be eligible. Projects that were earlier awarded Smart $aver Incentives are not eligible for MSD rebates.
Smart $aver® Lighting Incentives Increase in Ohio
July 18, 2011 – Duke Energy Ohio permanently increased the incentive amounts for select lighting measures, including: T8 & T5 High Bays, Reduced Wattage T8s and High Performance T8s.
Advancements in technology and resultant impacts to the marketplace have prompted Duke Energy Ohio to increase the rebate amounts for the selection of lighting fixtures displayed below. For a complete list of requirements, please refer to the recently revised Smart $aver® Lighting application.
|Lighting Measure||Previous Incentive per fixture||New Incentive per fixture|
|2 High Bay 6L T-5 High Output replacing 1000W HID||$120||$175|
|2 High Bay Fluorescent 8L F32 T8 - Replacing 1000W HID||$120||$175|
|42W 8 Lamp High Bay Compact Fluorescent||$50||$75|
|High Bay 2L T-5 High Output||$30||$55|
|High Bay 3L T-5 High Output||$40||$65|
|High Bay 4L T-5 High Output||$50||$75|
|High Bay 6L T-5 High Output||$40||$65|
|High Bay 8L T-5 High Output||$75||$100|
|High Bay T8 4 Fluorescent 3 Lamp (F32W T8)||$30||$55|
|High Bay T8 4 Fluorescent 4 Lamp (F32W T8)||$40||$65|
|High Bay T8 4 Fluorescent 6 Lamp (F32W T8)||$50||$75|
|High Bay T8 4 Fluorescent 8 Lamp (F32W T8)||$40||$65|
|High Performance, Low Watt T8 4 single lamp, replacing standard T8||$4||$6|
|High Performance, Low Watt T8 4 2 lamp, replacing standard T8||$6||$8|
|BONUS High Performance Low Watt T8 4ft 3 lamp, replacing standard T8||$10||$12|
|BONUS High Performance Low Watt T8 4ft 4 lamp, replacing standard T8||$12||$14|
|BONUS High Performance T8 4ft 1 lamp, replacing standard T8||$4||$6|
|BONUS High Performance T8 4ft 1 lamp, replacing T12-HPT8||$6||$10|
|High Performance T8 4 2 lamp, replacing standard T8||$6||$8|
|High Performance T8 4 2 lamp, replacing T12 High Output 8 single lamp||$20||$24|
|High Performance T8 4 2 lamp, replacing T12-HPT8||$8||$12|
|High Performance T8 4 3 lamp, replacing standard T8||$6||$9|
|High Performance T8 4 3 lamp, replacing T12-HPT8||$12||$16|
|High Performance T8 4 4 lamp, replacing standard T8||$12||$14|
|High Performance T8 4 4 lamp, replacing T12 High Output 8 2 lamp||$25||$29|
|High Performance T8 4 4 lamp, replacing T12-HPT8||$16||$20|
|Low Watt T8 lamps 2-4, replacing standard 32W T8||$0.50||$1|
|Occupancy Sensors over 500W||$40||$60|
|Occupancy Sensors under 500W||$20||$40|
|Pulse Start Metal Halide (retrofit only)||$25||$50|
|T-5 4 single Lamp with Electronic Ballast (replacing T-12 fixture)||$5||$8|
|T-5 4 2 Lamp with Electronic Ballast (replacing T-12 fixture)||$8||$11|
|T-5 4 3 Lamp with Electronic Ballast (replacing T-12 fixture)||$10||$13|
|T-5 4 4 Lamp with Electronic Ballast (replacing T-12 fixture)||$12||$15|
|T-5 High Output single lamp with Electronic Ballast (replacing T-12 fixture)||$6||$10|
|T-5 High Output 2 Lamp with Electronic Ballast (replacing T-12 fixture)||$9||$13|
|T-5 High Output 3 Lamp with Electronic Ballast (replacing T-12 fixture)||$11||$15|
|T-5 High Output 4 Lamp with Electronic Ballast (replacing T-12 fixture)||$13||$17|
Manufacturing of T-12 Fluorescent Lighting Being Phased Out by Federal Mandates
2010-2012 – Over the course of this year and next, federal mandates on commercial-lighting efficiency will eventually make most T-12 luminaires obsolete.
- March 31, 2006, was the last day that lighting-fixture manufacturers could incorporate T-12 ballasts in new fixtures with full-wattage T-12 lamps. The ballasts continued to be manufactured for replacement purposes only for existing fixtures.
- On July 1, 2010, the manufacturing of T-12 magnetic ballasts ceased. T-12 replacement bulbs continued to be manufactured for replacement purposes.
- As of July 14, 2012, T-12 bulbs may no longer be manufactured or imported for replacement purposes.
Specifically, these lamp types will no longer be manufactured:
- Most 4-ft. linear full-wattage and energy-saving T-12 lamps
- All 2-ft. full-wattage and energy-saving U-shaped T-12 lamps
- All 75W F96T12 and 110W F96T12HO lamps
- Most 60W F96T12/ES and 95W F96T12/ES/HO lamps
- All 4-ft. T-8 basic-grade 700/SP-series lamps rated at 2,800 lumens
- Some 8-ft. T-8 Slimline single-pin 700/SP series and 8-ft. T-8 HO RDC-base lamps
What This Means
- As the "standard" moves from T-12 ballasts/bulbs, incentives currently appropriated for the next step up the efficiency ladder (i.e., various T-8 retrofits) will likely end.
- For any facility/structure still equipped with T-12 fixtures, replacement is eventually necessary, as replacement bulbs will cease to be available. Customers should consider replacing now while incentives are still offered to lessen their capital outlay.
In addition to the reduced capital investment, customers will experience an immediate reduction in energy costs. For more details, visit the Department of Energy website.
New Incentives Added to the Ohio Smart $aver Prescriptive Program
April 29, 2011 – Several new incentives were added to the Smart $aver Prescriptive Incentive program in Ohio, including a larger variety of LED and induction lighting applications.
New rebates for Ohio customers under our standard, "prescriptive" Smart Saver program are detailed below. More detail can be found on the updated applications.
Food Service Equipment
- Reach-in controllers for Beverage and Snack machine lighting and compressors.
- Replacement Door Gaskets for cooler and freezer cases.
- ECM case motors for cases, coolers, and freezers.
- Pre-rinse sprayers for dishwashing.
- CEE Tier 1 and Tier 2 room air conditioning units.
- Guest room energy management systems for electric and gas heated rooms.
- High-efficiency electric water heaters.
- Ceramic metal halide fixtures replacing incandescent or halogen (various wattages)
- CFL reflector flood screw-in bulbs, high wattage screw-in bulbs, CFL 3-way and dimmable screw-in bulbs.
- Standard T8 ballasts and lamps replacing standard T12 with single lamp reduction.
- Exterior LED or Induction lighting replacing HID.
- Garage LED or Induction lighting replacing HID.
- LED screw-in bulbs replacing incandescent bulbs.
- LED downlights replacing incandescent downlights.
- Reduced wattage T8 ballast and lamps replacing T12 ballasts and lamps.
- Replacement of air compression system (inlet modulation types) with new air compression system with variable frequency drive.
Motor Incentives to Cease
March 31, 2011 – Motor incentives were removed from the Smart $aver Prescriptive Incentive program in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, effective March 31, 2011.
To be eligible for Prescriptive Incentives after March 31:
- Applications must include an invoice evidencing motors were purchased by March 31, 2011.
- Installation must occur by June 30, 2011.
- Applications must be received by Sept. 30, 2011.
Motor incentives were removed from the Prescriptive Incentive program in response to the efficiency standard revisions for motors under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, taking effect December 2010. Beginning December 2010, general purpose rating subtype I motors must be manufactured to meet NEMA Premium® efficiency standards. Motor incentives are being offered thru March 2011, at which point we conservatively estimate that manufacturer and supplier inventories of less efficient motors will be depleted.
"NEMA Premium" is a registered trademark of National Electrical Manufacturers Association