CPS Energy - New Commercial Construction Incentives (Texas)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Texas

Name CPS Energy - New Commercial Construction Incentives
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Multi-Family Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Unspecified technologies
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Tier 1 Energy Incentive: $0.08/kWh

Tier 1 Peak Demand Incentive: $125/kW
Tier 2 Energy Incentive: $0.12/kWh
Tier 2 Peak Demand Incentive: $150/kW
Tier 3 Energy Incentive: $0.20/kWh
Tier 3 Peak Demand Incentive: $200/kW

Equipment Requirements Tier 1: Building must be 15-24.9% more efficient than city building code

Tier 2: Must be 25-34.9% more efficient
Tier 3: Must be 35% more efficient

Start Date 2010-01-01

Maximum Incentive 35% of eligible project costs or $250,000 per project

Program Administrator CPS Energy
Website http://www.cpsenergy.com//Commercial/Rebates/New_Commercial_Construction/index.asp

References DSIRE[1]


CPS Energy offers incentives for new commercial construction that is at least 15% more efficient than required by the City of San Antonio Building Code (based on IECC 2009). The building code and incentive program were created by Ordinance 2009-03-12-0179 (the Sustainable Building Codes Ordinance) and further amended by Ordinance 2009-10-01-0777D.

The Commercial New Construction Incentive Program does not specify eligible measures, but rather provides incentives for the amount of energy saved overall. Savings are based on the total energy consumption of all fuel types used in the building. In order to measure energy savings and determine incentive amounts, an approved modeling software or calculation methodology must be used. In order to apply for the incentive, applicants must submit a copy of the results of the modeling software, a final certificate of occupancy, and a letter from the architect certifying that the building is in compliance with the requirements of the program. CPS Energy may inspect buildings prior to authorizing an incentive. Multi-family structures with 4 or more units are considered commercial construction. More information and an application are available on the program web site.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name New Construction Contact
Department CPS Energy
Address PO Box 1771
Place San Antonio, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78296-1771
Phone (210) 353-2728

Email CPS-newconstruction@cpsenergy.com
Website http://www.cpsenergy.com

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Ordinance 2009-03-12-0179
Date Effective 2010-01-01
Date Enacted 2009-03-12

Authority 2: Ordinance 2009-10-01-0777D
Date Effective 2010-01-01
Date Enacted 2009-10-01

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"