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Last Updated March 15, 2017

Program Overview


Financial Incentive



Incentive Type:

Rebate Program


Chicago Bridge & Iron

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Applicable Sectors:

Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Nonprofit, State Government, Tribal Government, Institutional

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:

Dishwasher, Refrigerators/Freezers, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Steam-system upgrades, Compressed air, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Other EE, Food Service Equipment, Vending Machine Controls, Personal Computing Equipment, Data Center Equipment, LED Lighting, Tankless Water Heater, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment


Focus on Energy offers financial incentives to eligible business customers who install many types of qualifying energy efficient equipment in existing buildings. The program offers both prescriptive incentives for a variety of specific improvements and custom incentives for improvements that do not fall under any of the prescriptive listings. In order to receive awards participants must be a customer of a participating electric or gas utility (i.e., participating gas utility for gas incentives and participating electric utility for electricity incentives). In addition, this program is applicable only to businesses that use between 100 kW and 1,000 kW of demand in any given month of the previous year. Businesses that do not fit this description may be eligible for the Small Business Program or the Large Energy Users Program.

Below is a list of equipment categories for which incentives are available, with short descriptions of some eligible technologies. Interested parties should see the program web site for incentive amounts and more detailed qualifying criteria. Application periods run from April 1-March 31 of each year.

  • Compressed Air: Compressed Air System Survey and Report; Variable Speed Air Compressor; Other Compressed Air Technologies 
  • Food Service: Ice Machines; Dishwasher, Commercial Fryers; Refrigerators and Freezers; Steam Cookers; Convection Ovens; Griddles; Hot Food Holding Cabinets; Hood Ventilation Controls; Rack Ovens
  • HVAC: Heating, Ventilation and Cooling Systems; HVAC Tune-Up; Rooftop Unit Optimization; Steam Trap Maintenance and Replacement
  • Information Systems: Air Conditioning Equipment; Drycoolers, PC Network Energy Management
  • Lighting
  • Refrigeration System: Refrigeration Tune-Up; Anti-Sweat Heater Controls; Efficient Reach-In Case Door, LED Reach-In Case Lighting and Occupancy Sensors; Evaporator and/or Condenser Fan ECM Motors; Night Curtains; Beverage Cooler Controls
  • Variable Frequency Drives
  • Other: Guestroom Energy Management Controls; Loading Dock Seals and LED Light Fixtures; High Efficiency Vending Machines and Vending Machine Controls; Water Heaters; Water Heater Fuel Conversion; Radiant Heater Bands for Plastics; Radiant Tube Inserts for Heat Treating; Repulper Rotor and Pressure Screen Rotor for Pulp and Paper

To obtain custom incentives, interested applicants must work with a Focus on Energy adviser to obtain pre-approval for projects prior to purchasing and installing the equipment. All equipment must be new, and existing equipment must be removed (and preferably recycle). Projects with less than a 1.5 year payback are not eligible, and projects with payback of 10 years or longer may be subject to case-by-case eligibility determinations. Custom incentives can be up to 50% of project costs, and are limited to $200,000 per project. An individual customer may receive up to $400,000 for prescriptive and custom projects combined per calendar year.