Smart Energy Program Changes - Effective July 1, 2020

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To be most effective, incentive programs for new technologies must be dynamic. On May 12, City Council approved the following changes to the Smart Energy programs that were recommended by the Electric Utility Operations Review and Advisory Board. Application forms for the new and modified programs are attached

1. New Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate Program - Commercial and Residential 
EVs are an exciting new way to transport ourselves more efficiently, with a renewable, local fuel - wind! Programmable residential chargers qualify for a rebate of $250, and fleet or public chargers for a rebate of $500/port.
Click here for a Commercial EV Charger Rebate Form (Valid July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)
Click here for a Residential EV Charger Rebate Form (Valid July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)

2. New Water Heater Rebate Program 
New improvements in heat pump technology (accompanied by lower emissions intensity of electricity in Iowa) have made Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) Water Heaters a more sustainable and economic option than fossil fuels for water heating, resulting in emissions reductions up to 65% and savings of $184/year. *Note that water heaters must be "CTA-2045 ready" in order to qualify for the rebate. Call us at 515.239.5177 for help finding a water heater with this feature or determining if your device is compatible.*
Solar Thermal Water Heaters heat water with renewable solar energy. In order to qualify for a rebate, these systems must replace an electric resistance water heater or use electric auxiliary heat.
To complement these water heating solutions, a rebate is also now available for Drain Water Heat Recovery Systems.
Click here for an Efficient Appliance Rebate Form (Valid July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)

3. Retire LED Lighting Rebate Program
This rebate has been highly effective in helping our customers to be more energy efficient over the many years it has been offered. LED lighting is now affordable and efficient enough that it makes good sense, even without a rebate. LEDs lower the operating cost, replacements costs, and cooling load of a building. LED retrofits result in a payback periods of 1-3 years. Retiring this program makes room for new rebates to support our customers in adopting newer efficient and renewable technologies.
LED lighting projects should be completed no later than June 30, 2020 to qualify for a rebate. Applications for projects completed by that deadline may be submitted within 6 months of the installation date.
Occupancy and daylight sensors, however, will not be retired at this time. Click here for rebate application forms valid for those technologies after July 1, 2020. Buildings that require these sensors under the International Energy Conservation Code adopted by the State of Iowa are not eligible for this rebate.
Click here for a Commercial Lighting Controls Rebate Form (Valid July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)
Click here for a Residential Lighting Controls Rebate Form (Valid July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)

4. Increase minimum efficiency requirement for Air Conditioner rebate.
In order to bring our rebate program up to the standard of federal energy efficiency tax incentives, air conditioners must have a minimum SEER rating of 16 to qualify for this rebate. In recent years, AMES customers have submitted fewer rebate applications for 15 SEER units than 16 SEER, and they have been reported the two at similar prices. It is expected that this change will further increase the energy efficiency of air conditioning in Ames with minimal impacts on customers and contractors.
Rebate amounts will be as follows:
16 SEER - $300
17 SEER - $400
18 SEER - $500
19 SEER - $600
and so forth.
Rebate amounts for Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps, and Thermostats are not affected.
Click here for a High Efficiency Air Conditioner Rebate Form (Valid July 1, 2020 - June30, 2021)

Also, a separate from for Prime Time Power will be required in order to process an air conditioner rebate.
Click here for a Prime Time Power Request Form

If you have any questions or concerns about changes to the Smart Energy programs, please email or call us at or 515.239.5177.