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ENERGY STAR Update - February 13, 2007

 


February 13, 2007

Three Utilities to Offer Rebates for
New ENERGY STAR Manufactured Homes

Recognizing the need for Energy Star to be cost competitive, MHRA, in cooperation with state manufactured housing associations, is working with power companies across the nation on an Energy Star manufactured home rebate program.


The programs provide for incentives of up to $750 for each Energy Star home completed. The rebates are in addition to the federal $1,000 tax credit that runs through 2008.


Utilities have a vested interest in improved efficiency for two compelling reasons. First, efficiency can be a cost-effective strategy for reducing electric demand and system peaks, factors that reduce the need to build additional generating capacity. Second, public utility commissions around the nation are adopting policies requiring power companies to fund efficiency programs. For many utilities, underwriting a portion of the costs of Energy Star construction through a rebate program is a good fit with their overall efficiency portfolio and reaches a segment of their customer base that has been difficult to reach in the past.


The rebate programs are intended to bring the cost of an Energy Star home roughly in line with the cost of a home built to the HUD standards, reducing the first cost barrier and jump starting the demand for Energy Star homes. Thus far, three utilities have signed up for the rebate program designed and to be administered by MHRA: Southern California Edison, Nevada Power Company and Tennessee Valley Authority (details about each of the programs are included in the table below). About 15 other utilities are currently considering funding the program.


MHRA is administering the rebate programs. For more information, contact: Gwynne Koch, MHRA Energy Star Program Coordinator (gkoch@research-alliance.org).

 

Summary of Energy Star Rebate Programs


Utility Sponsor

Southern California Edison

Nevada Power Company

Tennessee Valley Authority

State Association

California Manufactured Housing Institute

Nevada Manufactured Housing Association

Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association

Eligible Homes

All homes

Electrically-heated homes only

Electrically-heated homes only

Rebate Period*

January 1, 2007
October 31, 2008

January 1, 2007
December 31, 2007

February 1, 2007
January 31, 2009

Rebate Amount

$400 per gas-heated home;

$750 per electrically-heated home

$750 per electrically-heated home

$700 per electrically-heated home

*All programs are subject to extension based on success in the first year.

Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. No part of this newsletter may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transcribed in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of MHRA. For comments or questions related to MHRA ENERGY STAR Update, contact Gwynne Koch via e-mail at gkoch@research-alliance.org.


 
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