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Energy Efficiency Opt-In/Opt-Out Provision

What is the Energy Efficiency Opt-In/Opt-Out Provision?

Duke Energy’s energy efficiency (EE) plan is one way we’re working to meet rising energy demand by helping our customers conserve energy. The plan encourages the continued development and implementation of energy efficiency conservation programs for our customers. The plan also provides certain customers the ability to opt out of participating in the energy efficiency plan if they have already completed energy efficiency measures on their own, and meet the following eligibility requirements:


Opt-In/Opt-Out Eligibility


The Public Service Commission of South Carolina has approved the following eligibility requirements:
  • Duke Energy eligible accounts in South Carolina may elect to not participate in our energy efficiency and/or demand response programs. In order to opt out, they must notify Duke Energy and certify that the company has performed, at their own expense, an energy audit or analysis within the three-year period preceding the opt-out request. In addition, they must implement or plan to implement the cost-effective energy efficiency measures recommended in that audit or analysis. 
To qualify to opt-out in South Carolina, the non-residential customer must: 

a.  be served under an electric service agreement where the establishment is classified as a “manufacturing industry” by the Standard Industrial Classification Manual published by the United States Government with more than fifty percent (50%) of the electric energy consumption of such establishment being used for its manufacturing processes;
b.  be an individual general service account with annual consumption of 1,000,000 kWh’s or greater in the billing months of the prior calendar year; with this eligibility met for one account,  all other accounts billed to the same customer with lesser annual usage located on the same or contiguous properties.
c.  notify the Company in writing that it elects to opt-out and that the opt-out customer has implemented its own energy management system or has performed or had performed for it an energy audit or analysis within the three year period preceding the opt out request and has implemented or has plans for implementing the cost-effective energy efficiency measures recommended in that audit or analysis.

To make an election of opting out, all eligible customers must fill out the required opt-out form to opt-out of participating in the Duke Energy Carolinas’ EE and/or DSM Programs.

Eligible rate schedules to consider the opt-in/out election are I, OPT, HP, PG, MP, LGS, SGS, GB and IT.

  • The annual enrollment window is Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 of each calendar year.
  • Eligible customers who begin new service have (60) days from their meter start date to notify Duke Energy of their election to opt out. Customers may change their elections during the annual enrollment window. Demand response decisions can be made annually. Once a customer opts in to Rider EE Demand-Side Management (DSM) component, the customer will pay the DSM portion of the Rider. If the customer participates in a DSM program, the customer is required to pay the Rider EE DSM cost for three years.
  • Customers can opt in or out of Rider EE annually, on an account by account basis as long as the individual account meets eligibility and rate schedule requirements.
  • To opt in or out, complete the appropriate form found below. Once the form is submitted, qualifying customers will receive written confirmation of their new election status.
  • A decision to opt in to any account(s) after Jan. 1 will include billing of the EE rider charges retroactive to Jan. 1.

Before submitting a request for exemption from this valuable suite of energy-saving programs, we strongly encourage you to contact your Duke Energy Account Manager. By opting out, you forego the opportunity to take advantage of energy efficiency and demand-side management measures, which can improve your bottom line and lower your cost of doing business.

Energy Efficiency and Demand-Side Management Decision Form

Energy Efficiency Frequently Asked Questions