The energy efficiency rebates Concord Light provides to its customers are funded through an Energy Conservation Service Charge on each electric bill. In order to use this ratepayer revenue as effectively as possible to promote energy efficiency, Concord Light is discontinuing one of its rebate programs and modifying another as of May 1, 2014.
Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program Discontinued
Concord Light launched its ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program in 2004. Surveys conducted in 2011 and 2013 indicated that most customers who received ENERGY STAR-rated appliance rebates would have purchased an ENERGY STAR-rated appliance rather than a standard efficiency appliance even if the rebate had not been available.
With the energy efficient choice now the norm, Concord Light will discontinue its ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program on May 1, 2014 and redirect these rebate funds into other energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Changes to the CFL/LED Rebate Program
Concord Light also launched its Compact Fluorescent Bulb (CFL) Rebate Program in 2004, and expanded the program to include LED bulbs in 2013. While prices for CFL bulbs have fallen dramatically over the years, LED bulb prices are still high in comparison.
Further, while LEDs have been only slightly more efficient than CFLs in the past, the lumens per watt delivered by LEDs is improving. Low prices make it difficult to justify continuing to provide rebates for CFLs.
Therefore, Concord Light will cease accepting applications for CFL rebates on May 1, 2014. However, Concord Light will continue offering a rebate of up to $3 per LED bulb purchased by residential and commercial customers, subject to certain quantity limits.
Concord Light’s Electric Heat Weatherization Rebate Program, Residential Central Air Conditioning Rebate Program, Solar PV Rebate Program and High Efficiency Lighting Program for businesses continue unchanged.