SEMCO Energy (Efficiency United) - Commercial and Industrial Rebate Program

April 13, 2011


*Note: This incentive is no longer active or updated. It is part of the Efficiency United and Energy Smart Programs run by Franklin Energy Through Efficiency United, SMECO offers several incentive options to eligible business customers. The programs incent customers to save energy and money through the use of energy efficient technologies. The Prescriptive Gas Measures for Business Customers Program offers various rebates and incentives to commercial and industrial gas customers in the SEMCO service area. Equipment and measures are meant to increase the efficiency and the cost effectiveness of running a customer's business. All equipment must be new and replacing an older system or model. Eligible equipment and measures include steam trap tests and replacements, boilers, boiler tune-ups and controls, pipe wrap, furnaces, infrared heaters, programmable thermostats, occupancy sensors, water heaters, clothes washers and pool heaters. Itemized invoices of equipment costs and installation labor must be included along with new equipment specification sheet. Please wait to receive approval before starting work. Projects must be implemented by December 31, 2010. View program web site listed above to see guidelines and application form. The Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Custom Program provides custom incentives to C&I customers for the installation of energy-efficient equipment and controls. The custom program allows measures and systems to be installed for situations unique to that customer's application or process. MGU will pay up to 40% of a projects cost up to $25,000. Applicants must receive approval prior to beginning project. Rebates will not be provided for project with a payback less than 2 years or greater than 7 years. Complete form and attach invoice of all project costs. Applicants have 90 days to implement project after approval is granted. An application can be found on the program web site listed above.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Michigan
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Clothes Washers
  • Equipment Insulation
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Steam-system upgrades
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Other EE
Incentive Amount: Custom Incentive: up to 40% of project cost, up to $25,000
Steam Trap Test: $5 per unit
Steam Trap Repair/Replacement: $50
Efficient Boilers: $3 per MBH
Boiler Tune-Up: $250
Boiler Modulation Burner Control Retrofit: $1,250
Boiler Water Reset Control: $300
Pipe Wrap for Steam Boiler: $4 per linear ft.
Efficient Furnace or Rooftop Unit: $350 or $1.75 per kBtu/h
Infrared Heaters: $5 per kBtu/h
Programmable Thermostats: $50
Hotel Room Occupancy Sensor: $65
Pipe Wrap for Water Boiler: $4 per linear ft.
Gas Water Heater Pre-Rinse Sprayer: $25
Gas Water Heater (Tank): $35 - $150 based on efficiency
Gas Water Heater (Tankless): $90
Efficient Clothes Washer: $50
Efficient Pool Heater: $2 per Mbtu
Maximum Incentive: Prescriptive Gas: $50,000 or 50% of project cost
Custom Gas: $25,000 or 40% of project cost
Equipment Requirements: See all equipment requirements on the application
Boiler Modulation Burner Control Retrofit: 5:1 or 10:1 turn-down
Gas Water Heater: 80 G or less- $35; larger than 80 G- $150
Space Heating Boilers: 0.88 AFUE or 88% combustion efficiency, see application
Efficient Furnace or Rooftop Unit: 200 kBtu and smaller-$350; larger than 200 kBtu- $1.75/kBtu/h


Name: Customer Service
Address: 1411 Third Street, Suite A
Port Huron MI 48060
Phone: (800) 624-2019
Name: Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program
Address: 1500 Abbot Rd., Suite 100
East Lansing MI 48823
Phone: (877) 367-3191

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.