Virginia customers of Appalachian Power will be able to participate in five new energy- and cost-saving programs beginning in January 2016. The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) approved the voluntary demand side management offerings last month.
The company will introduce four new residential programs and one commercial/industrial program. They are in addition to existing low-income home weatherization and residential air conditioning load-control summer peak demand reduction programs introduced in May 2015.
“We have offered similar programs for several years to our West Virginia customers,” said Jim Fawcett, Appalachian’s manager of energy efficiency and alternative energy initiatives. “With the commission’s approval of these programs, we are pleased to bring new energy efficiency and savings opportunities to our residential and commercial customers throughout the commonwealth.”
The new residential programs are:
· Home performance—Provides free online or walk-through assessments and rebates for energy efficiency upgrades.
· Appliance recycling—Offers free pickup of refrigerators or freezers; customers will receive $50 for each recycled appliance (appliance limitations by size and age).
· Efficient products—Gives instant discounts on select LED lighting at participating retailers and mail-in rebates on select Energy Star appliances.
· Manufactured housing—Provides incentives to manufacturers of Energy Star qualified manufactured homes that are sold and placed in Appalachian’s Virginia territory.
· The prescriptive program will pay rebates to commercial and industrial customers for the installation of certain energy efficiency upgrades in their businesses. These include LED lighting, T-5 fluorescent fixtures and Variable Frequency Drives.
The company submitted its proposal to the SCC in October 2014. The commission approved the five programs for a three-year period. The cost of the programs is about $5.3 million annually and will be recovered through a rate adjustment clause (RAC) on customer bills beginning in January 2016. The energy efficiency RAC will add less than 60 cents to the bill of a residential customer using 1000 kilowatt-hours in a month.
Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states.