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1 Funding Opportunities for Energy Efficiency: Utility Programs and Tax Incentives 1 Indiana Energy Efficiency 2015 & Beyond What Has Changed In Energy Efficiency From A Commercial Customer & Utility Perspective Michael Goldenberg, Duke Energy energy.com 2 1

2 Energy Efficiency ( EE ) Overview Utilities continue to support and offer EE programs Current spending could be impacted by opt out resulting in lower budgets than mandated by Phase II Order however it is significantly higher than pre 2010 Each utility is responsible for setting its own goals informed by its IRP. The portfolios will include significant C&I programs for those customers who have not opted out 3 Opt Out With passage of SEA 340, customers over 1 MW had the choice to opt out of utilitysponsored EE programs Customer participation in the large C&I customer segment (over 1MW) were major participants in EE programs from

3 Indiana Utility Opted Out Data Number of eligible customers and accounts 1030 customers representing 2227 accounts Number of opt out customers/accounts 419 customers representing 1544 accounts 5 Indiana Utility Opted Out Data Eligible opt out load as a percentage of total load (these numbers reflect varying customer mixes by utility) Range from 26% 55% (.3% 1 utility) Opted out load as a percentage of opt out eligible load Range from 60% 81% (3% 1 utility) Opted out load as a percentage of total load Range from 21% 39% (.8% 1 utility) 6 3

4 Indiana Utility Opted Out Data Opted out customers/accounts as a percentage of total C&I Core & Core Plus impacts for Range from 27% 60% 7 What The Data Means Utilities will have to expand on ways to reach the smaller customer (each utility defines small customers differently) Opportunities to engage the remaining larger customers through existing and new channels needs to be maximized (each utility defines larger customers differently) 8 4

5 Smaller Customers Hard to reach and connect with key decision makers Typically no onsite energy managers Obtaining capital improvement funding may be more challenging Less energy intensive in their usage 9 UTILITY SPONSORED PROGRAMS 10 5

6 Direct Install Program Small business direct install programs are now offered or are part of new filings by all the Indiana Investor Owned Utilities Programs vary Undertake a no cost audit which identifies measures which can be installed Eligible customers range from 100 kw 300 kw depending upon utility Some programs offer limited no cost measures such as LEDs, pre rinse sprayers, and efficient aerators at the time of the audit Recommendations from audits are then followed up on with buy downs that range from 50% to 80% of measure cost 11 Prescriptive Programs All IOUs offer prescriptive programs Fixed incentive amounts paid for measures such as lighting, chillers & VFD s Similar to what was offered in former Core & Core Plus portfolios Incentives vary; some measure paybacks are less than 2 years Main marketing channel is the trade ally that works with the customer on the purchase 12 6

7 Larger Customers All utilities have some large consumers of power who have not opted out Utilities need to reemphasize to these customers the opportunities that are available to reduce energy consumption through current programs Prescriptive programs are excellent sources for common measures 13 Custom Programs Offered by all investor owned utilities Designed to meet the needs of customers with electrical energy saving projects involving more complicated or alternative technologies, or those measures not covered by standard Prescriptive Incentives Customers work with utility to understand the project Incentives are determined through customer specific analysis of energy savings Process can take longer due to required analysis Meets very specific needs of customer where Prescriptive Program may not 14 7

8 Energy Efficiency Project Examples Alison Becker, Northern Indiana Public Service Company 15 LaPorte Community School Corporation Provides a walk through of the school and a comprehensive report on recommendations Provides the direct installation of various measures Helps schools utilize other programs for rebates and incentives This is all about energy efficiency and safety, said Marc Cizewski, Director of Facilities for the La Porte Community School Corporation. Over the last five or six years we budget every year to upgrade our lighting from T 12 to T 8 and we ve seen anywhere from a couple hundred to a thousand dollars in savings. We can then turn around and use that money to replace even more lights and fixtures. 16 8

9 Large Indianapolis Hospital Indianapolis hospital worked with IPL to improve the efficiency of cooling towers Incentive of $100,000 Annual operating savings expected to be $100,000 Also expected to save water Utilities have contractors to assist with evaluation of the project and rebate processing Custom programs are typically for larger customers/projects, but not always 17 Trade Allies Reaching Niche Markets: Convenience Stores Utilities offer a menu of measures that receive a rebate once installed Great for projects that are common: lighting, refrigeration, etc. Light emitting diode (LED) lighting is common In refrigerator applications, LEDs are ideal: no compensation for heat, LEDs perform well in cold environments, come on instantly and to full brightness, which works well with motion sensors/dimmers Energy Use in a Typical Convenience Store 18 9

10 Outside Lighting: Prescriptive or Custom Metal halide traditionally used outside Provide high levels of illumination, but extreme amounts of glare Operating and maintenance costs are high Induction lighting maintains lumen output Operates at cooler temperatures Uses up to 68% less energy then metal halide Bright, clean, glare free presentation 19 Project Small Business Energy Savings Retrofit 4 1 lamp T12 to 4 1 lamp T8 Retrofit 2 T12 Utubes to T8 Linears Retrofit 4 2 lamps T12 to 4 2 lamps T* Savings 118,093 kwh $14, annually Investment payback of 1.9 years Evansville Day School and Vectren Project Custom Retrofit 8 T12 high output (HO) fixtures with light emitting diodes (LEDs) Retrofit 2 T12 HO fixtures with LEDs Savings 118,093 kwh $17,042 Simple payback before incentive: 2.0 years Incentive $15,895 Simple payback with incentive: 1.1 years 20 10

11 IU Bloomington: Power Partner with Duke Energy A Campus Master Plan that prioritizes sustainability with a goal of becoming a carbon neutral campus and a commitment to design all new buildings for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver or Gold Certification Building improvements that include: switching to high efficiency lighting fixtures with an estimated energy savings of $250,000 a year installing highly energy efficient equipment and cool roofs which led to almost $500,000 in monetary rebates. A Utility Information Project that includes metering of every building on campus and allows for the monitoring of each building's energy consumption and contribution to peak electrical demand. Central Control Center efforts which constantly monitor electrical usage and make adjustments to system and building equipment to shave to peak electrical demands. 21 Subaru: A Variety of Custom Projects Projects Lighting Occupancy Sensors Variable frequency drives Savings 10 million kwh/year Enough to power more than 800 Indiana homes for a year Incentive Subaru received over $400,000 in incentives from Duke Energy 22 11

12 Project Replacing HID fixtures with fluorescent fixtures Savings 3 M kwh annually Incentive $90,000 Automotive Manufacturing: Custom Lighting Retrofit 23 Federal & State Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency Investments Tim Rushenberg, Vice President, Indiana Energy Association 24 12

13 Outline Federal Tax Incentives IRS U.S. Senate Finance Committee U.S. EIA Direct Federal Financial Interventions and Subsidies in Energy in FY 2013 State Tax Incentives Energy.gov Indiana Office of Energy Development 25 Federal Tax Incentives 26 13

14 Credit for Energy Efficiency Improvements to Existing Homes (26 U.S.C. 25C) Tax credit 10% credit for purchase of Energy Efficiency improvements to existing homes Limits (max credit for all taxable years is $500): (1) $50 for advanced main air circulating fan (2) $150 for qualified nat gas, propane, or oil furnace/hot water boiler; and (3) $300 for any item of energy-efficient building property Windows, furnaces, boilers, furnace fans, and building envelope components, such as insulation, exterior windows, exterior doors, and metal or asphalt roof Applies to property placed in service Senate Finance Committee bill proposes to extend thru Credit for Residential Energy Efficient Property (26 U.S.C. 25D) 30% tax credit for expenditures made in year: (1) Solar electric systems e.g., solar panels (2) Solar water heaters (3) Fuel cell ($500 credit cap for each ½ kw of capacity) (4) Small wind energy (5) Geothermal heat pump Existing homes and new construction qualify; both principal residences and second homes qualify, but not rentals Credit expires at end of

15 Tax Credit and Deduction for Clean-Burning Vehicles (26 U.S.C. 30, 30B, C, D) 10% tax credit of cost of any plug-in electric car and electric motorcycles and three-wheelers up to $2,500 Various tax credits: 1) Fuel cell cars (before 2015) 2) Advanced lean burn technology cars (before 2011) 3) Hybrid cars (before 2010 or 2011) 4) Alternative fuel cars (before 2011) 5) Plug-in conversion credit (before 2012) Senate Finance proposal to extend credit for motorcycles, alt fuel and fuel cell vehicles thru Credit for Construction of New Energy Efficient Homes (26 U.S.C. 45L) Business tax credit for home builders for each qualified new EE home constructed and acquired for use as a residence Credit is $1,000 to $2,000 based on energy savings requirements of the home New homes must achieve 30% or 50% reduction in heating and cooling energy consumption relative to a comparable dwelling constructed w/in standards of International Energy Conservation Code Applies to homes constructed Senate Finance proposal to extend thru

16 Credit for Energy Efficient Appliances (26 U.S.C. 45M) Applies to manufacturers of dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators Tax credit may be claimed on each qualifying appliance produced by taxpayer and is based on type of appliance, its energy efficiency, and for dishwashers and clothes washers, amount of water it consumes $25M annual credit cap / 4% average annual gross receipts limit for three preceding years 31 Advanced Energy Manufacturing Facility Investment Tax Credit (26 U.S.C. 48C) Business tax credit is 30% of qualified investment in selected manufacturing facilities Re-equips, expands, or establishes mfg facility for: o Solar, wind, geothermal energy production items o Fuel cells, energy storage system for use with electric/hybrid cars o Electric grids to support transmission of intermittent renewables o CCS o Renewable fuels or produce energy conservation technologies o New qualified plug-in electric cars o Other advanced energy property designed to reduce GHG Ex: building a factory to manufacture solar panels Taxpayers must apply in advance and have their facilities selected to be eligible for the credit

17 Credit for Holding Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (26 U.S.C. 54D) Qualified energy conservation bond issued by state or local government for qualified conservation purpose Qualified conservation purpose : o Reduce energy consumption in public buildings by 20% o Research to support development of ethanol, CCS o Mass transit o Green building technologies o Conversion of ag waste to fuel, advanced battery mfg technologies o Public education campaigns to promote Energy Efficiency $3.2 B national energy conservation bond limit 33 Exclusion from Income of Conservation Subsidies Provided by Public Utilities (26 U.S.C. 136) Payments to individual consumers from utilities for investing in energy conversation measures are nontaxable and may be excluded from gross income for purposes of calculating taxable income Does not apply to payments to or from a qualified cogeneration facility or qualifying small power production facility pursuant to Sec. 210 of PURPA 34 17

18 Allowance of Deduction for Certain Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Property (26 U.S.C. 179D) Deduction for amount equal to cost of EE commercial building property expenditures made by taxpayer (e.g., interior lighting system, HVAC and hot water systems) Deduction capped at $1.80 per square foot for an efficiency improvement of at least 50% in comparison to reference building which meets minimum Standards Applies to property placed in service Senate Finance Comm. proposes to extend thru USDA s Rural Energy for America Program Guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements Applicants limited: o Agricultural producers with at least half of gross income coming from agricultural operations; or o Small businesses in eligible rural areas (must be in area other than city/town larger than 50,000 inhabitants) Funds may be used for installation of Energy Efficiency improvements, such as high efficiency HVAC, insulation, lighting, refrigeration, doors/windows, etc

19 State & Local Incentives 37 State & Local Incentives Insulation Tax Deduction (IC ): Indiana offers a tax deduction of up to $1000 for purchase and installation of residential insulation OED s Community Conservation Challenge: Nonresidential entities may apply to receive $25,000- $100,000 in grants for community energy conservation projects City of Indianapolis EcoHouse Project: Energy Efficiency loan program up to $8,000 for 6 years for medium and low-income homeowners 38 19

20 Questions? 39 20

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