Program Update:

FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities are committed to making safety our top priority.

Throughout the evolving coronavirus health emergency, FirstEnergy’s Ohio electric companies are committed to closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus and taking appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of our employees, contractors and customers.

To ensure that safety, effective immediately, FirstEnergy Ohio electric companies are temporarily suspending all Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Energy Efficiency programs until further notice. Please check back for updates.

This will not impact FirstEnergy’s Ohio C&I customers with pre-approved applications. Customers with pre-approved C&I Energy Efficiency applications may check the status of those applications by emailing a program representative at EnergyEfficiencyPrograms@firstenergycorp.com.

FirstEnergy’s Mercantile Customer Program continues to accept applications for projects that are already completed.

Eligible customers wishing to participate in FirstEnergy’s Mercantile Customer Program, or those who have questions regarding the program, may visit the program website by clicking here.

Facility Audits

Learn more about cash incentive programs

that provide reimbursement for facility audits.

Facility Audit Incentive Program

The Facility Audit Incentive Program is offered to commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers of Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison (FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities). This program encourages customers to get a detailed audit of industrial processes, or systems or detailed ASHRAE Level 2 third-party energy audit for their buildings. Customers served at or above the primary voltage level may apply for up to two targeted energy audits per building, not to exceed four targeted energy audits per site. The program provides financial support through incentives to customers who implement qualifying audit-recommended energy efficiency prescriptive or custom measures.

Effective Dates

To qualify for audit incentives, audits must have been completed after January 1, 2018, and after receiving a formal pre-approval letter from the Program Administrator.

Pre‐Approval Requirements

All Facility Audit Incentive Program applications require pre-approval prior to the participant signing a contract with the audit service provider. Audits must be completed within three (3) months after receiving a formal pre-approval letter from the Program.

Program Incentives

Small Commercial & Industrial (C&I) customers of Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison (FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities), served under rate code GS and GSD, are eligible to receive an incentive to cover up to 50 percent of the audit cost or $2,500, whichever is less.

Large Commercial & Industrial (C&I) customers of Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company, and Toledo Edison served under rate codes GP, GSU, and GT, are eligible to receive an incentive to cover up to 50 percent of the audit cost, not to exceed $10,000.

Additional Audit Incentive

Additional incentives are paid for the installation of qualifying audit-recommended measures through FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities’ prescriptive and custom programs. Qualifying audit-recommended measures must be implemented within 18 months of completing the audit or before December 31, 2019. Eligible small C&I participants will receive an incentive based on 5¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved, not to exceed 50 percent of the remaining audit cost or $2,500, whichever is less, upon completion of the installation of qualifying audit recommended measures at the customers’ facility. Eligible large C&I customers will receive an incentive based on 5¢ per kWh saved, not to exceed 50 percent of the remaining audit cost or $10,000, whichever is less. A facility is defined as the building or set of buildings at a single service address, regardless of the number of unique utility accounts associated with the address.

Audit Program Guidelines

Facility Audits:

  • Facility Audits:Studies must be provided by individuals or firms that are capable of performing comprehensive energy (ASHRAE Level II) audits that meet the program guidelines
  • The Lead Auditor must show that he or she has at least one of the following certifications: Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Association of Energy Engineers’ Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), or LEED AP.
  • Audits should be sufficiently detailed to be considered an ASHRAE Level II audit. (Guidelines for the energy audit format is provided in the Program Resources section above).
  • A comprehensive facility energy audit requires that energy conservation measures (ECMs) from at least three major end use areas must be evaluated.
  • Audits must be itemized and break out the electric component; disbursement of audit funds are for electric portion only.
  • Audits must be pre-approved prior to the participant signing a contract with the audit service provider. Associated reports that do not meet program guidelines will be deemed unacceptable by the program technical reviewers and would not be eligible for incentives.

Industrial Processes or Systems Audits:

  • Studies must be provided by individuals or firms that are capable of performing detailed (ASHRAE Level II) audits of industrial processes or building systems that meet program guidelines. (Guidelines for the energy audit format is provided in the section above).
  • Audits of industrial processes or systems must include at least 1 week of historical data logging of applicable industrial process system parameters such as energy usage, flow, speed, temperature, etc.
  • Audits must be pre-approved prior to the participant signing a contract with the audit service provider. Associated reports that do not meet program guidelines set forth in this application form or are deemed unacceptable by the program technical reviewers are not eligible for incentives.
  • Audits must be itemized and break out the electric component; disbursement of audit funds are for electric portion only.

How Do I Apply For Incentives?

Step 1 – The participant should complete and submit a Facility Audit Incentive Business program application online and upload required documents through the application portal. The following documents are required for a pre-approval:

  • Audit proposal that describes the scope of the audit
  • Copy of utility bill to confirm account number and service address. If desired, the participant may obscure all cost and rate related information.
  • Completed and signed W-9 tax form for the incentive payee. The W-9 form must be current and dated within the last 24 months.

Step 2 – The Program Administrator will notify the applicant via email when the review is complete. Upon receipt of a program pre-approval letter, participants may sign a contract with the audit service provider. The applicant will have 90 days from the date of the pre-approval letter to complete the audit.

Step 3 – Once the audit is complete, the following final documentation should be submitted to the program administrator for review:

  • Copy of the completed audit report with supporting pre-metered data (if applicable)
  • Completed letter of attestation
  • Final invoice for the energy audit

Step 4 – Apply for incentives through FirstEnergy’s Ohio Utilities prescriptive and custom programs for qualifying audit-recommended measures. To associate the audit application with a project, enter the Project ID for the completed audit on the second page of the incentive application form. Once the measures are installed and final documentation is received, the additional audit incentive will be disbursed to the customer.

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