What's New About 2013 Rebates?
By Kevin Hurd
Manager of Member Services
Manager of Member Services Kevin Hurd is pleased to report that heat pump efficiency standards for rebate eligibility will remain at 2012 levels next year, as cooperative power supplier Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AECI) works to balance efficiency gains with affordability.
AECI has announced the general criteria for 2013 rebates, including a few revisions and additions. Here's what's new:
Kwh minimum. One new feature restricts rebate eligibility to facilities that use a minimum of 6,000 kilowatt-hours (kwhs) of electricity each year. "The rebates were not intended for facilities that are unoccupied and seldom use energy, but this has not previously been stipulated," says Hurd. This annual energy use criteria will apply to HVAC and water heater rebate requests.
Basement insulation for GSHPs. A new insulation rebate is available to members installing Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) who also install basement, crawl space or slab floor insulation that meets current Energy Star® R-Value recommendations. A rebate of 50% of the cost ($500 rebate maximum) will be available to members who meet this criteria.
Mini-split ASHPs. Rebates of $150/Ton for mini-split Air Source Heat Pump (ASHPs) systems are also new in 2013. Systems must meet the same requirements as the current Dual Fuel Heat Pump (DFHP) program; no electric resistant heat is permitted and units must have a minimum 16.5 SEER rating. Mini-split systems are often installed to heat and cool room additions and previously unconditioned areas.
Here's what continues:
$50 rebates continue for 90%+ efficient standard electric tank-style water heaters (Tankless or Heat Pump/Hybrid units are not eligible for rebates).
$750 per Ton rebates for qualifying new GSHP installations continue, 19.1 EER, other conditions also apply. Replacement GSHPs may qualify for $150/Ton.
$150 per Ton rebates for qualifying Dual Fuel Heat Pump systems continue, 16.5 SEER minimum, supplemental gas or propane required, other conditions apply.
Hurd and Cuivre River's Member Services team will soon have more information available. Watch the Current Times for updates or visit www.cuivre.com for information about the 2013 program after January 1.
For information about 2012 rebates call 800.392.3709, ext. 272.