Electric and natural gas utilities are one of the most, if not the most, important industry groups with the capability to influence building owners and occupants to reduce energy consumption and practice energy efficiency. Utility-sponsored sponsored incentive programs often provide the additional capital that leads to the purchase and installation of best available equipment or systems as opposed to the cheapest available. For example, the availability of rebates is often the final trigger that causes a building owner to install LED lighting systems with advanced occupancy controls instead of a standard linear fluorescent system.
However, it’s important to remember the money the utilities provide in the form of incentives was originally collected from all of their customers as rates in exchange for providing electricity and natural gas service. At MADISON Engineering, we assist utilities, regulatory agencies, and other organizations develop energy efficiency measures and programs that ensure ratepayer funds are well-spent. We have extensive experience developing savings values and reviewing program proposals for California energy efficiency markets. We also provide similar services in other areas of the country including the Pacific Northwest and New England.