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Some Changes to BPA Energy Efficiency Rebates Offered Through OPALCO

Twice a year Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) sends out its Energy Efficiency Implementation Manual. This manual outlines all the energy efficiency rebates (commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential) that BPA will fund. Our spring manual arrived on April 1st and outlines the programs that are in effect until October 1st. Most measures stayed the same but a few items of note are the following:

In the commercial world:

New small commercial window rebates: This measure is only available for electrically-heated, wood-frame residential-type construction buildings in commercial use with a total floor area under 5,000 square feet. Pre-existing windows must be single pane or single paned with storms, and replacement windows must have a National Fenestration Rating Council rated U-value of 0.30 or lower.

This is a nice complement to the small commercial insulation rebates still in effect for office or retail space less than 5,000 sf.

In the residential world:

The rebates for ENERGY STAR washing machines have changed to the following: All have to have a Water Factor (WF) of 6.0 or lower and the following if you have an electric hot water heater:

Modified Energy Factor MEF 2.0-2.19  rebate = $30.00
MEF 2.20-2.45  rebate = $50.00
MEF 2.46+     rebate = $70.00

If you have a gas hot water heater then the rebate = $20.00. the wasthing machines still needs to be ENERGY STAR with and MEF of 2.0 or greater and a WF of 6.0 or lower.

The rebates for ENERGY STAR Refrigerators and Freezers have changes too:

ENERGY STAR Freezers: $15.00 per ENERGY STAR qualified full-size freezer (7.75 cubic feet or greater)

ENERGY STAR Refrigerators: $15.00 per ENERGY STAR qualified full-size refrigerator (7.75 cubic feet or greater)

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