Tacoma Power helps residential customers increase the energy efficiency of homes through the utility's residential weatherization program. Weatherization upgrades to windows are eligible for an incentive payment of up to $1,000. Customers who pursue ceiling, floor, and wall insulation coupled with duct sealing are eligible for an incentive payment of up to $3,450. Zero-interest loans are available to help customers cover any remaining costs of these improvements.
Tacoma Power offers a variety of incentives for residential customers to improve the energy efficiency in participating homes. Prescriptive rebates are available for equipment such as heat pumps, clothes washers, refrigerators and freezer, appliance recycling, and lighting upgrades. All equipment must meet the program requirements to be eligible for rebates. For more information, please contact the utility, view the program summary brochure, or visit the program web site.
Tacoma Power offers non-residential customers a variety of rebates and incentives for installing energy efficient technologies in new or existing facilities. Examples of available rebates include compressed air system technologies, HVAC equipment, variable frequency drives and efficient motors, lighting upgrades, and new construction. Both prescriptive and custom rebates are available for many of the technologies and measures incentivized.
The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility currently offers the Residential Energy Efficiency Program. The program provides incentives to residents who complete qualifying home energy upgrades. Qualifying items include refrigerators, clothes washers, LED lighting and CFL lighting upgrades. Appliances and lighting equipment must be Energy Star rated.
More information on program requirements can be found on the program website.
The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility currently offers the D.C. Home Performance program (DCHP). DCHP provides a $500 incentive to properties which successfully complete qualifying home energy upgrades. This incentive is available to D.C. residents living in single-family homes, rowhomes (each unit is ground to sky) or converted (1 to 4 unit) apartments and rowhomes. Both owner-occupied homes and rental properties with the property owners’ authorization are eligible to participate.
The District of Columbia's Retail Electric Competition and Consumer Protection Act of 1999 required the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) to establish a public benefits fund to provide energy assistance to low-income residents, and to support energy-efficiency programs and renewable-energy programs. This fund, known as the Reliable Energy Trust Fund (RETF), took effect in 2001. In October 2008, the District of Columbia enacted the Clean and Affordable Energy Act (CAEA), which effectively eliminated the RETF and replaced it with the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (SETF).
In January 2005, the District of Columbia (D.C.) Council enacted a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) with a solar carve-out that applies to all retail electricity sales in the District. In October 2008 the RPS was amended by the Clean and Affordable Energy Act (CAEA) of 2008. Significantly, this legislation increased the percentage and number of benchmarks that utilities must meet, included solar water heating as an eligible technology, increased the alternative compliance payment and amended reporting requirements.
Washington's solar easement laws are similar to those in many other states. The law does not create an automatic right to sunlight. Rather, the law allows parties to enter into solar easement contracts voluntarily for the purpose of ensuring adequate exposure of a solar-energy system.
In March 2009, Snohomish County PUD introduced the Solar Express Program. This program provides rebates to support residential and commercial installations of solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar water heating (SWH). The program also provides loans to support residential installations.