Maryland Pepco Retro-commissioning program

Full Retro-Commissioning for Existing Buildings

Partner Energy is an approved provider for the Pepco Retro-commissioning program. Retro-Commissioning (RCx) helps Pepco’s commercial and industrial (C&I) customers assess energy efficiency in their facilities, identify energy-saving opportunities, and optimize their existing systems.

Retro-Commissioning is a systematic process that optimizes energy use and overall energy efficiency in an existing building over a sustained period. In addition to improving operational efficiencies that yield energy savings, the RCx process also provides non-energy benefits such as improved comfort, enhanced air quality, and increased occupant satisfaction. This is designed to encourage a comprehensive review and implementation of as many building energy efficiency improvements as possible.

RCx Criteria

The most cost-effective electricity savings will likely result from larger customers with specific types of facilities. Therefore, facilities must meet the following criteria:

  • Energy use Benchmarking is required, as a pre-requisite or as part of the RCx process.
  • Higher-than-average electrical intensity (kWh/sq.ft.), based on an analysis using the EPA Portfolio Managersoftware or DOE CBECS Data.
  • More than 2 years old (this requirement recognizes that buildings less than 2 years old may not have one entire year of utility data to reflect a “fully occupied” building and consistent operating pattern).
  • A minimum of 75,000 sq. ft. of conditioned space.
  • While not a requirement, the presence of an energy management system (EMS) with or without direct digital controls (DDC).
  • Mechanical equipment in relatively good condition.
  • Unusually high number of occupant comfort complaints.
  • Some demonstration that senior management is committed to spending at least $15,000 on Retro-Commissioning activities and following through on recommendations.

Only building components that affect electricity usage and demand will be considered for incentives. Example of systems deemed part of the commissioning incentives would include HVAC systems and energy management systems (including lighting control systems).

RCx Incentive Phases

Cash incentives for Retro-Commissioning are provided in four phases:

Phase I – Development of a Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Plan

  • Complete the RCx Incentive Application and select Phase I.
  • Submit the application to the Program Office.
  • Once you receive notice of pre-approval from the Program, start Phase I: Development of a Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Plan.
  • Once Phase I requirements are met, the RCx Trade Ally will submit the Phase I Report to the Program for final approval.
  • Once approved, you will be entitled to a preliminary incentive payment of a maximum of $4,000.00 or $0.02/square foot (of building conditioned space), whichever is less, not to exceed 50% of the costs. (This incentive will be held in reserve for the customer until Phase II is completed.)

Phase II – Executing the Retro-Commissioning Plan — Detailed Investigative Stage

  • Complete the RCx Incentive Application and select Phase II.
  • Submit the application to the Program Office.
  • Once you receive notice of pre-approval from the Program, you can start Phase II: Executing the Retro-Commissioning Plan — Detailed Investigative Stage.
  • Once Phase II requirements are met, the RCx Trade Ally will submit the Phase II Report to the Program for final approval.
  • Once approved, you will receive an incentive payment of a maximum of $12,000.00 or $0.06/square foot (of building conditioned space), whichever is less, not to exceed 50% of the costs. (You will also receive your incentive payment for Phase I.)

Phase III – Implementation Stage

  • Complete the RCx Incentive Application and select Phase III.
  • Submit the application to the Program Office
  • Once you receive notice of pre-approval from the Program, you can start Phase III: Implementation Stage.
  • Once Phase III requirements are met, the RCx Trade Ally will submit the Phase III Report to the Program for final approval.
  • Once approved, you will receive an incentive payment for electricity-saving low-cost/no-cost measures that are not eligible under other Pepco Power C&I Energy Savings Programs. This phase will provide up to $0.05 cents per square foot (of building conditioned space) or a maximum of $10,000 in incentives, whichever is less, not to exceed 50% of the implementation costs.
  • In addition, incentives may be available for capital improvement measures (e.g., LightingVariable Frequency DrivesHVAC, and Custom Projects), depending on the incentive rules governing improvements in these systems. Please review the eligibility requirements for this equipment and/or projects.

Phase IV – Continuing Commissioning

  • Complete the RCx Incentive Application and select Phase IV.
  • Submit the application to the Program Office.
  • Once you receive notice of pre-approval from the Program, you can start Phase IV: Continuing Commissioning.
  • Once Phase IV requirements are met, the RCx Trade Ally will submit the Phase IV Report to the Program Office for final approval.
  • Once approved, you will receive an incentive payment. This phase will provide up to $0.02 cents per square foot (of building conditioned space) or a maximum of $4,000 in incentives, whichever is less, not to exceed 50% of the implementation costs.

If you have already started RCx in your building, you can still qualify for incentives. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Determine which phase you are currently in; see the Technical Resource Manual for the requirements of each phase.
  • Submit report(s) for all phases that you have completed, along with an application for pre-approval of the subsequent phase incentive.
  • Once you are pre-approved, you may begin RCx Program activities.

For more information, visit: https://cienergyefficiency.pepco.com/Eligibility.aspx