Energy Incentive Programs, Wyoming

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Updated February 2015

Wyoming utilities budgeted over $6 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?

Wyoming has no statewide public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs.

What utility energy efficiency programs are available to me?

PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power has consolidated its incentives for commercial, industrial, and irrigation customers into the wattsmart business program.

  • Typical upgrades cover a wide array of projects from lighting to HVAC to green motor rewinds.

  • Custom projects pay $0.15 per first-year kWh savings and $50/kW average monthly demand reduction (maximum payout of 70% of project cost). If required, individual measure incentives will be adjusted downward pro-rata so that the project has a simple payback after incentives of one year.

Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power offers financial incentives to commercial and industrial customers for the installation of a variety of electric and gas efficiency measures:

  • Electric Prescriptive Rebates provide pre-calculated incentives for a wide variety of efficient lighting equipment, lighting controls, variable frequency drives and NEMA premium motors.

  • Gas Prescriptive Rebates apply to efficient natural gas furnace, boiler, water heater and cooking equipment.

  • Electric Custom Rebates and Gas Custom Rebates buy down the cost of custom energy efficient upgrades (those not covered in the prescriptive rebates) to a two year simple payback (or 50% of the incremental cost of the equipment, whichever is less).

Questar Gas sponsors two programs:

  • The Thermwise Business Program provides rebates for efficient HVAC, water heating, boilers, food service and laundry equipment as well as for high-efficiency windows and roof and wall insulation for existing buildings or new construction projects. Rebates vary depending on the type and capacity of the equipment.

  • The custom rebates program offers incentives of $1.00 per verified first-year therm saved (up to 50% of eligible incurred project cost) for installation of projects that reduce natural gas usage through measures not included in the prescriptive list. Both programs are available for existing buildings and new construction applications.

Black Hills Power (BHP) offers prescriptive rebates for high-efficiency lighting, variable frequency, premium motors, heat pumps and water heaters.  Black Hills also provides custom rebates for energy-savings measures not covered in the prescriptive program (e.g., geothermal heat pump systems, energy management and control systems and many more). Pre-approval is required for custom rebates.

Carbon Power and Light, in collaboration with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State G&T), offers rebates for efficient motors and water heaters through the Energy Efficiency Credits Program. Rebates for motors larger than 200 hp may be negotiated.

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

PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power sponsors the Energy Exchange program, which is an internet-based, voluntary demand reduction program open to customers with at least one MW of connected load. Rocky Mountain Power notifies participating customers and posts a price on the Energy Exchange website for each hour in which load reductions are needed, and customers may respond by pledging to curtail a specified amount of their load. Participants are paid the posted price per unit of measured energy reduction in each hour they curtail. 

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.  Wyoming currently has no programs of this type open to federal customers.

Are there energy efficiency programs sponsored by the state government?

Wyoming’s state government does not currently offer any energy efficiency programs applicable to federal customers. For information on potential future opportunities, contact the State Energy Office within the Wyoming Business Council.

What additional opportunities are available to me?

Federal customers whose utilities have area-wide supply contracts through GSA (e.g., Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power and Montana-Dakota Utilities), 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.