Grays Harbor PUD provides incentives for residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of homes which choose to participate in the Residential Energy Efficiency Program. Rebates are provided for qualifying heat pumps, weatherization improvements and certain appliances. To receive the appliance rebates, members simply need to attach receipts to the rebate application and mail it to Grays Harbor PUD. To receive the weatherization and heat pump rebates, members need to contact the utility before beginning the project.
Since October 2001, Grays Harbor PUD has offered a low-interest loan program (currently 4.0%) for the installation of solar water heaters. Loans are available for the installation of solar collectors of 40 square feet or more. The loans are provided through local lenders, with interest subsidized by the PUD. Only customers who currently use electricity for hot water are eligible. Pre-approval is required for this loan and loan amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Since October 2001, Grays Harbor PUD has offered a rebate program for the installation of solar water heaters. Rebates of $600 are available for the installation of solar collectors of 40 square feet or more. Only customers who currently use electricity for hot water are eligible. This rebate is available on a case-by-case basis, so you must contact the utility in order to take advantage of it.
On January 5, 2005, Washington’s governor signed Executive Order 05-01, directing state agencies to adopt green building practices in the construction of all new buildings and in major (over 60%) renovation of existing buildings. Beginning in 2005, building projects over 25,000 square feet must meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Silver” Standard, or be certified by a credible third party.
The District of Columbia City Council enacted [http://dcclims1.dccouncil.us/images/00001/20061218152322.pdf B16-515] on December 5, 2006, establishing green building standards for public buildings and privately-owned commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet or more. While many jurisdictions have adopted green building standards for public buildings, DC is among the first to make such requirements for privately-owned buildings.
Inland Power offers a variety of incentives for agricultural/irrigation customers to save energy on participating farms. Rebates are available for a variety of sprinkler equipment (nozzles, gaskets, regulators, sprays, drains, hubs, etc), irrigation motor replacements, and variable frequency drives for small milking machines. Specific equipment requirements and rebate amounts, as well as a rebate calculator form and application form, are located on the program web site.
Inland Power & Light offers a variety of rebates through the Conservation Services program. The Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS) Heating/Cooling & Duct Sealing Rebate program offers incentives for qualifying heat pumps installed by a certified dealer. Homes with 50% or more of the ductwork located outside of a conditioned space must have the ducts tested and sealed by a PTCS certified contractor to qualify for a Heat Pump rebate. Additional incentives are available for certain Energy Star appliances and water heaters.
In July 2006 the District of Columbia Public Service Commission (PSC) initiated a formal inquiry into the development of uniform interconnection procedures for on-site distributed generation systems. The PSC subsequently concluded that an interconnection standard was feasible and continued with the rule making process, culminating with the adoption of final interconnection regulations in February 2009 (DC PSC Order No. 15182).
'' Note: The federal government has imposed and updated appliance efficiency standards through several legislative acts,* and now has standards in place or under development for 30 classes of products. In general, states which had set standards prior to federal action may enforce their own standards until the federal standards take effect. States that had not set standards prior to federal action must use the federal standards.