This purpose of this guide is to provide municipal utilities in Minnesota with basic, practical information on how to implement commercial air conditioning equipment rebates. The guide explains the potential benefits of cooling rebates to the utility, and explains in detail how to assess the benefits for a particular utility, and how to design a program. It also identifies resources that can provide more detailed information and assistance.
WHY COMMERCIAL COOLING REBATES?
ASSESS THE BENEFITS OF HIGH EFFICIENCY COOLING TECHNOLOGIES TO CUSTOMERS AND THE
Become Familiar with Commercial Cooling Technologies
Establish Preliminary Qualifying Criteria for Incentives
Assess the Economics of Qualifying Equipment to Customers
Assess the Economics of Cooling Incentives to the tility
OBTAIN DIRECTION FROM THE MUNICIPAL PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OR CITY COUNCIL DESIGN THE PROGRAM
Determine the Project Budget
Define the Technical Aspects of the Program
Develop a Marketing Plan
Develop Program Processes and Staffing
Develop a Tracking and Evaluation Plan and Identify Data Requirements
Gather Information on Other Utilities’ Experience
APPENDIX A. COMMERCIAL AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT MARKET
APPENDIX B. EFFICIENCY OF COMMERCIAL COOLING EQUIPMENT
APPENDIX C. THE ECONOMICS OF HIGH EFFICIENCY COMMERCIAL COOLING EQUIPMENT
APPENDIX D. THE COMMERCIAL COOLING EQUIPMENT PURCHASE PROCESS
APPENDIX E. MARKET BARRIERS IDENTIFIED AND MARKET STRATEGIES RECOMMENDED BY MANUFACTURERS’ REPRESENTATIVES
APPENDIX F. CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MINNESOTA MANUFACTURERS’ REPRESENTATIVES
APPENDIX G. GLOSSARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION FOR THIS GUIDE REFERENCES .