Business conservation programs
Check here for the latest information about programs we have available to help our business customers to become more energy efficient.
Makad Energy DreamWatts
We currently have a custom commercial program offering in partnership with Makad Energy, LLC. Makad Energy offers the DreamWatts Energy Management System (DreamWatts System) which provides the capability to monitor energy consumption and control certain energy related equipment at commercial sites. The DreamWatts System includes the monitoring and control of HVAC equipment and other devices using the DreamWatts gateway to communicate wirelessly with thermostats and sensors. Data from the thermostats and sensors is sent to a data center via the internet and can be accessed by the customer through personal computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, web-enabled TV, etc. The DreamWatts System enables commercial customers and their property managers to have greater awareness and control over energy usage. Standard commercial custom incentives are available for realized savings. Please contact Makad Energy directly at email@example.com for further information on this program.
On-site Energy Assessment
Many business owners are interested in improving the energy efficiency of their buildings, but do not know how to identify which improvements present the most effective investment opportunities. Key Accounts Managers can provide a walk-through of your building to help identify cost efficient opportunities to improve your buildings energy efficiency and reduce your energy operating costs. There is no charge for this service.
Commercial/Industrial Lighting Incentive Program (CLIP)
Recent advances in lighting technology can increase energy efficiency and reduce maintenance costs. Modeled after the Bonneville Power Administration lighting program, CLIP provides financial incentives for building owners to improve the efficiency of their building’s lighting technology. The utility along with independent contractors offer a lighting audit and provide energy efficient, short cost recovery lighting upgrades. This program is also available for new construction projects.
Heat Pump Equipment Conversion and Upgrade in Commercial Buildings
Heat pumps are significantly more efficient than electric resistance heat. An incentive program is available for heat pump equipment conversions and upgrades in qualifying applications.
Small Commercial Ductless Heat Pump (DHP)
DHPs have the ability to heat and cool homes at a fraction of the cost of baseboard and wall heaters. They are also quieter, safer and able to heat rooms evenly. A new incentive program is available for DHP installations in qualifying applications. This program offers a financial incentive for each DHP installation in eligible converted houses and strip malls. If program requirements are not met, the installation may still be considered as a custom project.
Compressed Air Audits
Compressed air can be the most critical component in manufacturing operations. A utility-funded audit by a professional energy specialist can not only identify energy efficiency gains, but can also lead to improved air supply, enhanced maintenance cycles, and noise reduction by identifying and fixing air leaks. Financial assistance is available to support the completion of a compressed air audit at your facility.
Custom Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects
If you are replacing or installing new equipment that is energy efficient and above code minimum/standard practice, we can provide financial incentives. Examples are: compressed air improvements, HVAC upgrades, VFD installations, refrigeration upgrades and general process energy system improvements.
Proposals must be submitted for pre-approval prior to implementation/purchases. The purpose of the proposal is to document what is to be done, calculate an estimated incentive and determine how energy savings will be verified. Incentives are based on verified energy savings, typically satisfied through pre/post monitoring (the utility can assist). Contact your Key Account Manager or call our Energy Engineer, Sam Walker, at 360-992-3354 to learn more about Custom Project proposals.
EnergySmart™ provides businesses and facilities with energy saving opportunities. It provides customers with energy audits and information about efficient technology, operations, and management that illuminate the possibilities and impacts of increasing efficiency. We offer two targeted programs under EnergySmart™:
- EnergySmart™ Grocer
Grocery stores managing perishable food items grapple with significant energy concerns - particularly in the complicated realm of food refrigeration. The EnergySmart™ Grocer Program provides business owners and facility managers with:
- No-cost energy audits
- Information about energy efficient technology, operations and management
- Energy Smart™ Industrial
Clark Public Utilities is pleased to announce an exciting new program development – the Energy Smart Industrial (ESI) program. The ESI program provides significant new incentive levels as well as technical resources to industrial customers for the purpose of generating energy efficiency savings. The program began January 1, 2010. The ESI program has something for every size industrial customer and project. Whether your constraint is budget, personnel, technical expertise, or some combination of these, the ESI program can help.
Hidden within your electric meter is information that provides tools to view important load data and usage trends. E-Manager and Energy Expert are web-based software solutions for energy use analysis. Using the captured data you can identify anomalies and peak use hours, review trends using weather data and compare current operating data with historical information.
Network Computer Power Management
There are significant energy savings to be captured by managing the power settings of your workstations (computer monitor and box) throughout the day as use fluctuates. Clark Public Utilities offers an incentive for installing a power management program when the following software requirements are met:
- Gives the IT administrator easily-accessible, central control over the power management settings of networked workstations, with the capability to override user settings.
- Has the capability to cause a workstation's power-energy savings mode to be remotely enabled or disabled for centrally distributed software updates.
- Has the capability to monitor disk and central processing unit activity and delay setting the computer to a low-power mode until the activity has finished.
- Provides reports per workstation detailing energy savings achieved through implementation of the software.
Customers are reimbursed $10 per workstation with qualified software installed. Qualified software includes, but is not limited to, Verdiem, Lightspeed Power Manager, 1E Night Watchman, Faronics Power Save and Lakeside SysTrack PM. Contact your Clark Public Utilities Key Accounts Manager or call our Commercial Programs Manager Lizzy Safranski at 360-992-3053 to determine unlisted product eligibility.
Small Commercial Retrofit Windows
Clark Public Utilities offers an incentive to retrofit your current single pane windows with more energy efficient windows. CPU will reimburse $3.00 per square foot of window replaced. This program 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 pane with storms, and replacement windows must have a National Fenestration Rating Council rated U-value of 0.30 or lower.
To take part in this program, CPU will need to submit the following to Clark Public Utilities:
- Documentation of total square footage of windows replaced
- Documentation of U-value (NFRC stickers or other verification of U-value)
- Contractor invoice
- Completed Window Business Owner Information Form
Green Motor Rewind
When a motor fails, the user or owner faces three choices: rewind to a lower efficiency; rewind and maintain the original efficiency; or to replace it with a new motor of either an EPact or premium efficiency design. If the motor rewind resulted in the motor's maintaining its original efficiency, it is commonly called a green rewind.
Web-Enabled Programmable Thermostats (WEPT) in Modular Classrooms
Changes to temperature settings in the case of unplanned events such as weather-related school closings can be controlled using a secure internet connection and Clark Public Utilities now offers an incentive to make the upgrade. Customers can receive a reimbursement of $275 each for new WEPT or $100 each for upgrading existing programmable thermostats. The new thermostat must control the electric heating unit (either electric resistance or heat pump) of a modular classroom building and be programmed for the following: one-hour maximum occupied-period override, set-back and set-up temperature set-points a minimum of five degrees Fahrenheit during unoccupied periods (e.g., holidays and breaks); allow remote, web-based monitoring and programming; and have battery back-up.
Customers should program WEPTs on a single meter with staggered start times to prevent high demand charges. For more program requirements and details please contact your Clark Public Utilities Key Accounts Manager or call our Commercial Programs Manager Lizzy Safranski, at 360-992-3053.
Support for renewable energy/Green Lights Program
Helping the Earth is easy and affordable. Enrolling in Clark Public Utilities Green Lights program is a low cost way to demonstrate your business's commitment to environmental responsibility. Start with as little or as much as you want. Businesses can enroll in Green Lights to match a small portion of their energy use or all the way up to 100 percent. Our team of experts will review your bill and calculate the right level of participation for your business.
Other events include seminars, conferences and workshops.
Contact a Key Accounts Manager for more information about any of these programs or to request assistance.