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Energy Incentive Programs, Nevada

Updated February 2015

Nevada utilities budgeted over $55 million in 2013 to promote energy efficiency and load management in the state.

What public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs are available in my state?

Nevada does not have public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs.

What utility energy efficiency programs are available to me?

NV Energy provides Business Energy Incentives to commercial/industrial customers as a result of its integrated resource planning (IRP) process.

NV Energy's SureBet incentive program provides prescriptive and custom incentives for energy efficiency measures in existing buildings as well as for new construction projects. Prescriptive retrofit incentives are offered on a per unit basis for energy-saving technologies including lighting, HVAC, motors, refrigeration, transformers, uninterruptible power supplies, commercial pool pumps, PC management software and commercial kitchen equipment. Eligible projects must involve capital improvement that results in permanent electric usage reduction (kWh). Remuneration varies depending on the size of the project (ranging from 100% of eligible incentives when they total less than $100,000 per year to 10% when their value exceeds $1 million).

Southwest Gas Corporation's commercial energy audit program provides rebates to offset 50% of the cost of audits (up to $5,000 per facility, $50,000 per customer). Southwest's energy efficiency rebates include 50% of the purchase price (up to a specified maximum) for a wide variety of natural gas-fired (and -related) equipment ranging from boilers to air curtains, and including water conservation and custom measures.

What load management/demand response options are available to me?

NV Energy's Cool Share program is currently (January 2015) not accepting new applications. The program has historically been available to small businesses with air conditioning units of 10 tons or less. Customers earn incentives for curtailing their air conditioning load by allowing direct load control or by controlling thermostats themselves via the internet.

What distributed energy resource options are available to me?

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) provides information on programs that offer incentives for renewable distributed generation. NV Energy's RenewableGenerations program, which includes incentives for solar, wind, and hydro, is not currently open to the federal government.

Are there energy efficiency programs sponsored by the state government?

The Nevada State Energy Office in the Department of Business and Industry provides information on energy efficiency resources in the state.

What additional opportunities are available to me?

Federal customers whose utilities have area-wide contracts through GSA (e.g., Idaho Power), may be able to take advantage of 3rd-party financed energy efficiency projects called utility energy services contracts (UESCs). Information is available in GSA's Energy Division Library. Federal facilities should contact their account executive to determine the level of each utility's participation.

NOTE: Energy efficiency funds and demand response programs are updated at least annually.