Industrial Energy Efficiency & Distributed Generation

Reports
Colorado Industrial EE-DG Research Report
Investment Guide

Organization Strategy
ISO 50001 - Energy Management Standard

Technologies
Anaerobic Digestion (e.g. cow manure and food waste)
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) (*also known as cogeneration or tri-generation)
Methane Capture (e.g. coal mine methane and landfill gas)
Municipal Solid Waste Pyrolisys
Geothermal
Hydropower (10 MW or less)
Recycled Energy (Waste heat to power)
Solar (On-site Electricity)
Solar  (Thermal)
Small wind power systems
Woody Biomass

Local Programs
Boulder County Energy Smart
Boulder Small Business Development Center
Certifiably Green Denver
Colorado Springs Utilities, Free Commercial and Industrial Energy Audit
Garfield County Clean Energy Challenge for Business
Longmont Power and Communications Efficiency Works for Business
Xcel Energy - Audits and Studies
Xcel Energy - Recycled Energy Program

State Programs   
Colorado Green Building Guild
Colorado Industrial Energy Challenge

Federal Programs
U.S. DOE Southwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership
U.S. DOE Superior Energy Performance Program (SEP)
U.S. DOE Better Plants Challenge
U.S. DOE Industrial Assessment Centers
U.S. DOE State and Local energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action)

Internal Funding
Capital Lease (e.g. Customer is equipment owner must declare the equipment as an asset and the lease payments as a liability)
Operating Lease (e.g. lessor owns the equipment and the customer rents it at a fixed monthly payment)
Commercial Loan (e.g. borrow money directly from banks or lenders to pay for projects)
OBF/OBR On-Bill Financing or Repayment (e.g. utility or private lender supplies capital; repaid via existing utility bill)
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing) (e.g. 10+ year financing with low rates paid back via property tax assessment)
EPC (Energy Performance Contract) e.g. $1M+ projects preferred; no upfront cost; ESCO installs equipment and energy savings pay back financers)
ESA or MESA (Energy Services Agreement) (e.g., $1M+ projects preferred; no upfront cost; ESA provider coordinates capital and equipment; service payments based on savings)

Tax Incentives
EZ Investment Tax Credit (State - save up to 3% tax credit for eligible energy resources)
Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems (City/County -tax rebates or credits to commercial property owners who install renewable energy systems)
Sales Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems (City/County - tax rebates or credits to commercial properties who install renewable energy systems)
Renewable Energy Property Tax Assessment (City/County - required to assign tax liability)
Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (Federal - up to 30% investment tax credit depending on renewable energy technology)
Modified Accelerated Cost Recover System (MACRS) (Federal - businesses may recover investments in certain property through depreciation deductions; up to 50%)
Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC) (Federal - inflation-adjusted-per-kilowatt-hour (kWh) tax credit for electricity generated by qualified energy resources and sold to an unrelated person during the taxable year

Rebate/Performance-Based Incentives
Boulder County  - Energy Smart Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (technical support and energy-efficiency rebates available for retrofits to existing buildings)
Black Hills Energy - Solar Power Program (production-based incentive to cover a portion of solar PV systems)
Black Hills Energy - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (rebates to industrial customers that install or upgrade energy efficient equipment or reduced energy usage)
Delta-Montrose Electric Association - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (specialized rebates for lighting, heat pumps, motors, refrigeration and more)
Efficiency Works Rebate Program (free facility assessment and efficiency rebates offered by the utilities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Loveland)
Empire Electric Association - Commercial Energy Efficiency Credit Program (matching incentive s with Tri-State Generation for efficiency equipment and appliances)
La Plata Electric Association - Energy Efficiency Equipment Rebate Program (matching incentives with Tri-State Generation for efficiency equipment and appliances)
Mountain View Electric Association - Energy Efficiency Rebates Program (matching incentives with Tri-State Generation for efficiency equipment and appliances)
San Miguel Power Association - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (rebates for lighting appliances, HVAC, audits, motors, renewable, and more)
Source Gas - Excess is Out (free energy assessment; rebates for furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, programmable thermostats, and insulation)
United Power - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (audits; matching incentives with Tri-State Generation for efficiency equipment and appliances)
Xcel Energy - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate (audits, equipment and installation rebates; connect customers to third-party financing)
Xcel Energy - Solar Rewards Program (20 year purchase of Renewable Energy Credits produced by solar PV systems; credit value depends on system size, ~$.05 per kWh)
Xcel Recycled - Energy Incentive ($500/kW incentive for recycled energy (waste heat recovery) projects)
Xcel Webpage for recycled energy