Austin Utilities (Gas and Electric) - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

April 12, 2023


Austin Utilities offers incentives to its commercial and industrial customers for the installation of energy-efficient equipment in eligible facilities. Rebates are available for lighting equipment, HVAC equipment, anti-sweat heater controls for cooler/freezer doors, motors, variable speed drives, heat pumps (air-source and geothermal), food service equipment, and finally custom and electric measures.Austin Utilities can also help examine a customer's potential energy and money saving options by identifying rebate amounts and estimated payback time. Applications must be submitted and approved before the new equipment is installed. Rebates are available until funds are exhausted for the calendar year.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Austin Utilities
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Water Heaters
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Compressed air
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Motors
  • Motor VFDs
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Commercial Cooking Equipment
  • LED Lighting
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
  • Building Systems
  • HVAC
Incentive Amount: Lighting Equipment: See Program Website
Boilers: $170 - $300 per 100,000 BTUH, plus variable rate based on efficiency
Boiler Reset Controls: $150/system
Furnaces: up to $400
Smart Thermostats: $50
Infrared Heaters: $250
Duct Heaters: $300
Water Heaters: $200/100,000 BTUH input.
Custom Gas Rebates: lesser of $0.50 per annual therm saved or 25% of the project cost.
Food Service Equipment: Varies by equipment, see program website. AC Tune-up: $40 - $60
Chiller Tune-up: $3 - $5/ton
Motors: See Program Website
Variable Speed Drives: $400 - $8,000
Compressed Air Leak Correction: $9/hp of compressor capacity
Refrigeration: See Program Website
Custom Electric Rebates: $0.045 per first-year annual energy (kWh) saved.
Solar PV System: $500
Energy Audit: 25% of the audit cost up to $250.
Equipment Requirements: See Program Applications


Name: Customer Service
Organization: Austin Public Utilities
Address: 400 4th Street NE
Austin MN 55912-3495
Phone: (507) 433-8886

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.