Energy Efficiency Fund (Electric) - Commercial New Construction Rebate Program

August 10, 2011


*Note: The United Illuminating Company (UI) has taken cost containment actions to counteract budgetary pressures: UI will only approve C&I projects for Energy Conscious Blueprint or Energy Opportunities when funding becomes available. Funding is currently available for UI's Small Business Energy Advantage (SMB), EO’s Express Lighting Rebate, CT Premium Motors Rebate, CT Cool Choice Rebate, Operations & Maintenance, Retro-Commissioning and Prime programs.

All Connecticut Utilities implement electric and gas efficiency rebate programs funded by Connecticut's public benefits charge through the Energy Efficiency Fund are eligible for Energy Conscious Blueprint Incentives. The Connecticut Light and Power Company, The United Illuminating Company, Connecticut Natural Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas, and Yankeegas commercial customers can access the Energy Conscious Blueprint Program for new construction and major retrofits.

Custom and prescriptive rebates are available to increase the energy efficiency of non-residential new construction and major renovation projects. The rebates will vary by square footage, capacity and incremental cost. Customer must apply for this program before any construction starts. In addition to these rebates, the Energy Conscious Blueprint Program has a grant component that covers larger capital projects. Utility company energy experts will work with design teams, architects, engineers and contractors to identify energy-saving equipment and tactics for your consideration. Participating organizations maintain complete control over the project. For qualifying projects, these financial incentives can cover up to 100 percent of the incremental cost.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Connecticut
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: UI, CL&P, SCG, CNG, and Yankeegas
Start Date: 1/20/2011
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Chillers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Motors
  • Motor VFDs
  • Processing and Manufacturing Equipment
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Incentive Amount: Lighting: $0.15-$0.50/sq. ft. + $5/super T8 fixture
Lighting Occupancy Sensor: $30/controlled fixture
Day Lighting and Dimming: 75% of incremental equipment cost
Motors: $45-$700
HVAC and Ground Source Heat Pumps: $50-$150/ton
Fan VFDs: $920-$1310
Pump VFDs: $1710-$4580
Maximum Incentive: $750,000 per Customer’s Federal Tax ID in all programs
$300,000 per metered site or account for all programs
Custom: 75%-95% of incremental cost
Custom New Equipment: 60% of utility measure cap or 40% installed cost
Lighting: $50/fixture
Day Lighting and Dimming: 40% of total installed cost
Rebates will cover up to 100% of the incremental cost of upgrades
Installation Requirements: Lighting: 80% of connected project lighting must be of eligible efficiency.
Project must have been signed after 1/1/2009


Name: Customer Service
Organization: Customer Service
Address: 107 Selden Street
Berlin CT 06037
Phone: (800) 286-2000
Name: Roy Haller
Address: 157 Church Street, MS1-68
New Haven CT 06510
Phone: (203) 499-2025

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.