Posted: Tuesday, 11 September 2012 8:14AM
City to expand electric efficiency rebate program
An electric efficiency rebate program through the City of Madison has been so successful that the city is going to increase the total amount available for the program. The city’s Electric Advisory Committee made the recommendation to Madison City Commissioners and they approved it during their regular meeting last evening. The initial rebate program that went into effect on May 1st of this year provided for a total of five-thousand dollars in residential rebates for city customers who bought new appliances that were Energy Star approved. A total of 15-thousand dollars was designated for commercial and industrial customers who made certain energy efficiency lighting improvements. Finance Officer Jeff Heinemeyer said that 44-hundred dollars of that initial five-thousand had been used already for residential customers, along with 12-thousand-700 dollars of the initial 15-thousand for commercial and industrial customers. Heartland Consumers Power District provided 10-thousand dollars for the program, along with 10-thousand dollars from the city. Heinemeyer said that most of the remaining 10-thousand that the city kept in a reserve account for the program will now be used.
With the commissioners’ approval last evening, there will now be a total of eight-thousand dollars available for residential electric customers, and 21-thousand dollars for commercial customers.
The city’s Electric Advisory Committee said that the projects that qualify for the rebate programs must be applied for, completed and spent by December 31st.
Heinemeyer said the city has also budgeted 25-thousand dollars to use for this rebate program for next year as well.