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Many commercial and industrial facilities depend on backup power generation in emergency situations to ensure employee or customer safety, and to maintain critical business operations. Fortunately, these emergency generators are seldom needed, except for occasional electrical service outages and periodic testing. As a result, this idle backup generator capacity can also offer valuable peaking power benefits to the utility system.
Market-Based Pricing: Curtailable Option
WPPI Energy’s Market-Based Pricing: Curtailable Option was designed in response to customer interest given the possibility of high daily or hourly prices occurring in the future. This optional program provides WPPI and the large retail customers served by its members an opportunity (but not the obligation) of curtailing usage during high price conditions for a payment tied to the market price of energy at the time the customer curtails load....
WPPI Energy’s Market-Based Pricing: Curtailable Option was designed in response to customer interest given the possibility of high daily or hourly prices occurring in the future. This optional program provides WPPI and the large retail customers served by its members an opportunity (but not the obligation) of curtailing usage during high price conditions for a payment tied to the market price of energy at the time the customer curtails load.
The Market-Based Pricing: Curtailable Option is available to any member retail customer who meets the following eligibility criteria.
- The sum of the monthly peak demands during the last complete calendar year must be greater than 5,000 kW.
- The Participant must have 2,000 kW or greater of firm load that they are able to curtail during emergency situations.
New Construction Program
The New Construction Program works with prospective building owners and developers, design professionals, and construction contractors to deliver high performance buildings that provide improved energy efficiency, peak load reduction, improved systems performance, and greater comfort. Energy savings are accomplished by stimulating incremental improvements of efficiency in lighting, HVAC and other building systems. The program seeks to capture synergistic energy savings by encouraging the design and construction of buildings as integrated systems.
Power Quality Services
The Power Quality Program is designed to assist WPPI members in their efforts to resolve customer specific power quality problems. In addition, the program offers power quality information and educational services to customers, as well as electrical contractors. Today’s electrical equipment is far more sensitive than the typical electrical devices of the past. As a result, customers may experience increasing numbers of power-related problems. Although many of these problems are the result of conditions inside the customers’ facilities, customers and contractors continue to view power quality as a utility issue and continue to look to the utility for assistance in solving these problems.
RFP for Energy Efficiency
The RFP for Energy Efficiency program is designed to encourage investment by large commercial and industrial utility customers in energy efficient improvements. Up to $200,000 of incentive funding is available for each bid cycle.
Spring 2021 Round
Program Start Date – Feb 1
Applications Due – March 26
Awards Announcement – April 23
Fall 2021 Round
Program Start Date – August 2
Applications Due – September 24
Awards Announcement – October 22
Shared Savings Program
This program allows a utility customer to receive energy savings in advance to undertake an energy efficiency project and then repay the funding in sixty equal installments on their utility bill. In some cases, the payments are less than the energy cost savings, resulting in a positive cash flow for the customer. Many businesses delay the replacement or improvement of inefficient equipment and building components because the initial purchase costs are perceived as too much of an obstacle. In an effort to be responsive to and overcome the initial cost barriers, and to provide the convenience of on-bill financing, WPPI has created a Shared Savings program that offers capital to the customer with an annual fee to advance energy efficiency projects.
Technical Training & Educational Outreach
WPPI helps members offer training to utility customers, business owners, facility managers, contractors and other trade allies through the Technical Training & Education Outreach program. Through educational opportunities, participants will learn to identify and implement energy efficiency projects, explore energy related system applications, and expand knowledge of emerging technologies and best practices. The training opportunities strive to help businesses make informed decisions and provide practical guidance for investing in energy-related projects.