Where State and Federal programs exist to encourage energy reduction to meet financial, environmental and social objectives, we often find Utility Energy Efficiency Programs and Conservation Improvement Programs (CIP) which favor energy efficiency standards for all customers, regardless of size or customer class. These CIP programs are funded via a fee or rider added to the customers’ monthly energy bill; however it is common to discover large customer opt-out provisions which may offer major energy users like industrial facilities the option of self-directing their energy efficiency initiatives.
Most states recognize the value of a self-directed efficiency opt-out versus a total opt-out for large customers. Here is our list of currently known states that allow for an opt-out of CIP or provide for a self-directed energy conservation or demand response management program:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
We’ve found a couple of critical keys for ensuring success in your opt-out initiative:
- Evidence that ongoing legitimate energy conservation initiatives are being implemented via a self-directed and continuously functional energy reduction program complete with an accountability structure.
- Your anecdotal energy reduction actions must include measurable, verifiable, and significant energy savings.
Armed with these, your opt-out efforts can’t help but bear fruit.
- Reduce energy consumption and associated emissions.
- Meet the Utility CIP Opt-Out and eliminate the Utility CIP fees.
- Save 10 to 15% of energy costs without the need to allocate capital dollars.
- Provide reports and verified results that can be submitted to the utility commission to meet opt-out requirements.
- Establish a culture of consumption awareness and accountability.
- Achieve ISO50001 compliance.
…to discuss how your facility can opt-out of utility CIP programs and still implement an energy reduction program that will support both regulatory requirements and your financial goals.