Consumers Energy (Gas) - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program (Michigan)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Michigan

Name Consumers Energy (Gas) - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Local Government, Multi-Family Residential, Nonprofit, State Government
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Chillers, Clothes Washers, Custom/Others pending approval, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Equipment Insulation, Furnaces, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motor VFDs, Motors, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Programmable Thermostats, Steam-system upgrades, Water Heaters, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Ice Machines, Infrared Heaters, Demand Controlled Ventilation, Energy Management Systems, Tankless Water Heaters
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Gas Water Heater: $35 or $150

Advanced VFD Applications: $0.13 - $0.40/sq. ft
Steam Trap Replacement: $140
High Efficiency Boilers: $1 - $2/kBtu/hr
High Efficiency Furnace: $1.75 per kBtu/hr or $350
Boiler Tune-Up: $150 - $500
Heat Recovery: $20/HP (Boilers); $0.20 - $0.60/CFM (Process HVAC, Enthalpy)
Furnace Tune-Up: $50 - $125
Modulating Burner Controls: $1250
Boiler Oxygen Trim Control: $0.25 per kBtu/hr
Boiler Water Reset Control: $400
Infrared Heaters: $5 - $8 per kBtu/hr
Energy Management System: $0.27 - $0.40/sq. ft.
Demand Controlled Ventilation: $0.02 - $0.04/sq. ft.
Programmable Thermostat: $50
Hotel Occupancy Sensor: $65
Custom: $5 per MCF
Pipe Wrap: $0.50-$6/ln. ft.
Clothes Washer: $50
Truck Loading Dock Equipment: $100 - $200
Greenhouse Heat Curtains/Infrared Film: $0.05 - $0.20/sq. ft.
Windows: $0.35/sq. ft
Wall Insulation: $0.50/sq. ft.
Roof Insulation: $0.15-$0.20/sq. ft.
Broilers/Ovens: $400 - $550

Installation Requirements Project savings must be sustainable for a period of five years or for the life of the product, whichever is less

Maximum Incentive Prescriptive: $100,000 per facility

Custom: 50% of project cost and $200,000 per facility (100% of the calculated incentive up to $100,000 and 50% of the calculated incentive above $100,000)
Customer Incentive Cap: $500,000

Program Administrator Consumers Energy Business Solutions

References DSIRE[1]


Passage of the Clean, Renewable and Energy Efficiency Act of 2008, paved the way for the Consumers Energy Business Solutions Program to provide incentives for customers who upgrade eligible facilities with energy efficient equipment. This incentive program is available to all customers who receive natural gas delivery service from Consumers Energy. Common areas of multi-family or mixed-use buildings are eligible if on an eligible rate schedule.

Prescriptive incentives are available for energy efficiency equipment upgrades and are paid based on the quantity, size and efficiency of the equipment. Custom incentives are available to customers for more complex energy saving measures and must have a payback period of between 1 and 10 years. Custom incentives are paid based on the first-year energy (kWh or MCF) savings, and are eligible for both gas and electricity rebate amounts. Other Consumers Energy incentives are available through the Small Commercial Direct Install, New Construction, Pilot, Michigan Saves and Self Direct Programs. Additionally, a bonus incentive of 15% may be available to customers who purchase equipment manufactured in Michigan.

Projects that are not eligible for an incentive include:

   *Fuel switching (e.g. electric to gas or gas to electric)
   *Changes in operational/maintenance practices or control modifications 
   *On-site electricity generation
   *Projects that involve peak-shifting (and not kWh savings)
   *Projects involving renewable energy

Incentives paid through this program may be considered taxable income, and the program is required to report the incentive using the IRS Form 1099 if it is more than $600 for certain types of firms. Incentives will be paid only after the project has been completed and the final application has been submitted, reviewed, and approved.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Consumers Energy Efficiency
Department Consumers Energy Business Solutions
Address P.O. Box 1040
Place Okemos, Michigan
Zip/Postal Code 48805
Phone (877) 607-0737
Fax (877) 607-0738

  • 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)"