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Mercantile Self Direct Rebates

Duke Energy Ohio now offers a rebate program for past energy efficiency initiatives that have not received Smart $aver incentives.

About the Mercantile Self Direct Program

The Mercantile Self Direct rebate program is for qualified, nonresidential customers who installed eligible equipment or implemented certain energy efficiency measures – on or after Jan. 1, 2013.

Rebates are available for projects that would usually fall under Duke Energy’s Smart $aver prescriptive and custom programs. Mercantile Self Direct rebates are also offered for no-cost and low-cost measures, such as behavioral initiatives that improved energy efficiency.**

Program Eligibility

Self Direct rebates are available for past projects and initiatives that have not previously received a Duke Energy incentive, and were completed on or after Jan. 1, 2013. Customers must also use more than 700,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year – or be part of an account with multiple locations.

Application Process for Rebates

Applications for Mercantile Self Direct rebates are subject to review and approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).

  • Submit completed Mercantile Self Direct application documents and supporting information (including the cover sheet) to Duke Energy. You can find the applications on the right side of this page.
  • Duke Energy will review your submission, validate the rebate offer and issue you signatory documents required by PUCO.
  • Review the terms and conditions, and complete and return the PUCO signatory documents to Duke Energy.
  • Duke Energy will submit the documents to PUCO for review and approval.***
  • Duke Energy will issue your rebate approximately ten days after PUCO approval.

**No cost, low cost and other similarly rebated measures are only eligible for rebate until Duke Energy reaches its annual energy efficiency achievement mandate for the year.
***PUCO review and approval typically does not exceed 60 days.

Application Process for Rider Exemption

Applications for Mercantile Self Direct rider exemptions are subject to review and approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). More information can be found at Energy Efficiency Opt-Out Provision.

Download Application Prescriptive

Download Application Custom


Have a Question?

For more information about Mercantile Self Direct Rebates, email us at selfdirect@duke-energy.com


Application Type

Prescriptive Measures with Optional Custom Processing

Heating & Cooling


Window Films, Programmable Thermostats, & Guest Room Energy Management Systems

  • ENERGY STAR Window/Sleeve/Room AC
  • Air Source Heat Pump Water Heater
  • Central Air Unit
  • Setback/Programmable Thermostat
  • Window Film
  • Guestroom Energy Management Control

Chillers & Thermal Storage

  • Air Cooled Chiller
  • Water Cooled Chiller

Motors, Pumps and
Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

  • VFD – Applied to Process Pump
  • VFD – applied to HVAC Fan
  • VFD – Applied to HVAC Pump

Food Service

  • ENERGY STAR Hot Food Holding Cabinet
  • Anti-Sweat Heater Control
  • Night Covers for Display
  • Cooking Equipment
  • ECM Cooler, Freezer, and Display Case Motors
  • ENERGY STAR Solid or Glass Door Reach-in Freezer or Refrigerator

Process Equipment

  • Engineered Nozzle – COMPRESSED AIR
  • Pellet Dryer Duct Insulation
  • Air compressor equipped with VFD

Although some Self-Direct Prescriptive measures are eligible for evaluation through Custom processes, such an approach may not be most effective for certain measures.

Download Application - Custom

Must submit Rebate Application (PDF or Word) and the appropriate Excel worksheet(s).