Energy & Utility Rebates

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What utilities offer rebates? What products?

There are over 3,000 utilities across the nation, each with their own rebate programs. Rebates are available for lamps, ballasts, fixtures and controls. For example: T8, T5, T5HO, CFLi, LED, CDMi, Allstart, Sensors and Controls, RDL.
For detailed information on opportunities in your area, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.


Custom vs. Prescriptive Rebates

There are currently two different kinds of rebates, Custom and Prescriptive.

Prescriptive Rebates provide a specific predetermined dollar amount for each fixture or lamp replaced, for example: save $12 / lamp.

Custom Rebates are based on the total energy savings of a specific project, for example, the amount of kWh saved from switching to one technology over another ($0.12 / kWh saved annually).

The typical Custom Rebate process works as follows (please contact your local utility for further details):
  1. Preapproval Paperwork: The measures you are going to implement usually have to be approved by the utility or incentive management company prior to inspections and purchasing.
  2. Pre Audit: Often times the utility, or someone they contract with, will walk through the space to perform an audit on current lighting and determine the different measures that can reduce energy within the given space.
  3. Install: Either done internally, through a utility approved contractor or another certified installer, the light measures are implemented.
  4. Final Paperwork: Submit the final application with the included measures to the utility or implementing body for final approval.
  5. Post Inspection: Similar to the pre audit, a walk through will be done to ensure all the measures in the paperwork were carried out and correctly installed; the implementer of the energy saving project can often be subject to multiple post inspections to ensure the measures remain in place.
  6. Payment:  The utility or implementer will release payment for the energy saving measures conducted by the end user.


Simple Rebate Example

Here is an example of a retailer with multiple locations, who wants to switch from a 35W Halogen MR16 to 7W LED MR16




Current Wattage

35W Halogen MR16


Number of Lamps



Estimated Energy Cost

$0.08 / kWh

$0.08 / kWh

Annual Operating Hours



Annual Energy Consumption

394,520 kWh

78,904 kWh

Hypothetical Lamp Price



Annual Energy Cost



Prescriptive Utility Rebate: $14 / lamp



Total Project Cost: Without Rebate



Total Project Cost: With Rebate



Potential Payback in Years*


1.79 Years

Estimated Annual Energy Savings**



*Payback is based on total project cost with rebate divided by the annual energy savings

**Based on switching from a 35W lamp to a 7W lamp and 4,000 burn hours a year at an electricity rate of $0.08 / kWh

Click on the links below for a state-by-state listing of energy companies that are offering rebates for switching to more energy-efficient lighting programs 

For more information about Federal energy rebate programs, visit the U.S. Department of Energy


 Alabama:  TVA     Michigan:  Consumers Energy
 Arizona:  APS    Mississippi:  TVA
 California:  ETAP    Missouri:  Act On Energy
 Pacific Power    Nevada:  NV Energy
 PG&E    New Hampshire:  National Grid
 SCE    New  Hampshire Electric Coop
 SDG&E    Public Service
 SF Energy Watch    Unitil
 Silicon Valley Power    New Jersey:  Atlantic City Electric
 SMUD    Jersey Central Power & Light
Colorado:  XCEL Energy    PSE&G
Connecticut:  Connecticut Light & Power    Rockland Electric
 United Illuminating Co.    New York:  ConEd
 Florida:  Progress Energy    LIPA
 Georgia:  Georgia Power    North Carolina:  Progress Energy
 TVA    Duke Energy
 Hawaii:  Hawaii Energy    Ohio:  Duke Energy
 Idaho:  Idaho Power    Oregon:  Energy Trust
 Rocky Mountain Power    Pennsylvania:  Allegheny Power
 Illinois:  Act On Energy    PECO Energy
 ComEd    PPL Electric
 Mid American Energy    South Carolina:  Progress Energy
 Indiana:  Indianapolis Power & Light    Duke Energy
 Iowa:  Alliant Energy    South Dakota:  Mid American Energy
 Avista Utilities    Tennessee:  TVA
 Mid American Energy    Texas:  Central Point Energy
 Kansas:  Kansas City Power & Light    Entergy
 Kentucky:  TVA    Oncor
 Maine:  Efficiency Maine    Utah:  Rocky Mountain Power
 Maryland:  Baltimore Gas & Electric    Vermont:  Efficiency Vermont
 PEPCO    Washington:  Avista Utilities
 Potomac Edison    Pacific Power
 Southern Maryland Electric Coop    Wisconsin:  Alliant Energy
 Massachusetts:  National Grid    WE Energies
 Nstar    Wisconsin Public Service
 Unitil    Wyoming:  Rocky Mountain Power
 Western Mass Electric