Minnesota Energy Resources (Gas) - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (Minnesota)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Minnesota

Name Minnesota Energy Resources (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Construction, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Clothes Washers, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Duct/Air sealing, Furnaces, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Programmable Thermostats, Water Heaters, Tankless Water Heaters, Infrared Heater, Building Operator Certification, Boiler Tune-Up, Energy Audits
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Building Operator Certification: Up to $600 (scholarship)

Level I/II Audit: $500-$800 (non-profit, schools, government); 50% of cost (for-profit)
Furnace: $200 - $250
Water Heater: $45 - $250
Programmable Thermostat: up to $40
Steam Traps: 25% of installed equipment cost
Water Heater: $45 - $250
Drain Water Heat Recovery Device: $175
Continuous Modulating Burner: 25% of equip. cost
Gas boiler 300,000 to 9,999,999 Btu/hr output: $500/MMBtu/hr + $200/ MMBtu/hr per percentage point above min. AFUE/EF
Boiler Reset Control OR Cut-Out Control: $150/control system
Vent Damper: 50% of equipment cost
O2 Trim Control: 25% of installed equipment cost
Boiler Tune Up: 50% of cost
Custom Measures: Cost difference between standard product and high efficiency products and practices
Turn-Key Solutions: Based on a combination of energy saved and project implementation cost

Eligible System Size Turn-Key Solutions: Commercial and Industrial customers who use at least 10,000 MCFs annually
Equipment Requirements Gas Furnace: Min. 92%-94% AFUE rating

Infrared Heater: Low Intensity
Thermostat: Must be electronic programmable set-back
Tankless Water Heater: .82 EF rating
Tanked Water Heater: .62 EF rating

Installation Requirements Level II: For-profit organizations must implement one of the recommendations in the audit and qualify for a C/I Rebate to receive the audit rebate

All applications must be submitted within 60 days of installation

Maximum Incentive Level II Audit (For-profit organizations): $400

Level I Audit (For-profit organizations): $250
Programmable Thermostat: 50% of cost
Steam Traps: $250
Boiler Tune Up: $500
Vent Damper: $500
O2 Trim Control: $5,000
Gas boiler 300,000 to 9,999,999 Btu/hr output: $750 - $5,000
Continuous Modulating Burner: $15,000

Program Administrator Minnesota Energy Resources
Website http://www.minnesotaenergyresources.com/business/saving.aspx

References DSIRE[1]


Minnesota Energy Resources provides a variety of rebates to commercial, industrial, institutional and governmental entities.

The Building Operators Certification program provides scholarships for eligible customers who are certified as having successfully completed training on building operation and maintenance. Building operators, maintenance staff, and consultants who maintain commercial facilities served by MER in Minnesota are eligible to participate.

MER also provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers for an energy audit which provides a walk-through of the premise and a report on energy saving opportunities, and estimated costs and savings. Free facility benchmarking services which analyze energy usage are available as well. Applications for audits are processed on a first- come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.

Minnesota Energy Resources provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers for the purchase of energy efficient natural gas forced-air heating systems and components, steam traps, food service equipment, space heating equipment, water heating equipment, and custom measures. All equipment must meet certain efficiency standards listed on the program web site. Applications are processed on a first- come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Customer Service - MER
Department Minnesota Energy Resources
Address P.O. Box 7207
Place Des Moines, Iowa
Zip/Postal Code 50309
Phone (800) 899-9508
Phone 2 (612) 387-7796

Website http://www.minnesotaenergyresources.com/

  • 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)"