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The Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant is pleased to announce a new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program

 

Your Home Energy Audit is more comprehensive than before, to schedule the audit please call 1-888-772-4242.

Tier 1 and 2 services: We will continue to offer the Tier 1 and 2 services as described by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Customer Specialists at Energy New England will answer customer inquiries concerning energy savings measures they can enact to lower their electric bills. The customer can also request an energy audit which the HMLP provides free of charge through ENE. The 1st improvement in our new HMLP IS GOING GREEN program is in the home energy audit area. We will now perform an infra-red inspection of the customer’s home as part of the audit. This inspection will help determine where such money-saving interventions like: is insulation needed, will caulking could seal costly cracks, whether a window or door needs to be re-glazed or whether there's a need for window replacements.

CFL bulbs are available at our office

Lighting: The HMLP has had several energy efficient lighting programs with Light-Emitting Diode bulbs that have included our subsidizing discounts at local stores, distributing free bulbs at our office, giving them to several groups at the Senior Center, sharing them with Hingham students at various educational outreach programs and have made them available to participants at the Hingham Family Fun Day. The HMLP will continue to find opportunities to encourage its customers to use LEDs. We can increase their usage by working with our customers when they purchase a bulb and by our continued promotions with give-aways as a method of introducing the benefit of a LED to our ratepayers.

We've added additional appliances & raised the rebate amount you'll receive for purchasing efficient appliances

Appliance Rebate Program: HMLP’s Appliance Rebate Program gives residential customers a rebate for purchasing energy efficient appliances (Energy Star rated). The following appliances are eligible for the rebate program:
  • Central air conditioners: $100
  • Unit air conditioners: $50
  • Refrigerator: $75
  • Water heater : $75
  • Freezer: $50
  • Clothes washing machine: $50
  • Dishwasher: $50
  • Dehumidifier: $50
  • Programmable thermostat: 50% up to $25
  • Electric water heater: $75
  • A rebate for solar installations

    Solar: The HMLP will offer a rebate in the form of a credit on the bills of customers who install and own a photovoltaic system at their homes in Hingham. The amount of the rebate will vary according to the capacity of the photovoltaic system. There is a cap of $5000 per account. The HMLP will rebate $1000/kW x the rated output of the system or $5000, whichever is less. For example, an HMLP customer who installs a photovoltaic system at their home in Hingham and whose system has a rated output of 2.5kW will receive a rebate credit on their bill of $2500. If that same customer installed a system with a rated output of 10kW, they would receive a rebate credit on their bill of $5000. If they installed a system with a rated output of 5kW they will receive a rebate of $5000.
    More information about Net Metering

    Financial help for weatherizing your home

    Home Weatherization: The HMLP will offer a rebate of 50% with a cap of $500 per account in the form of a credit on the bills of customers who are electric heat customers or who have central air conditioning and make certain energy efficiency improvements in their existing Hingham homes. Weatherization work as a part of new construction is not eligible for a rebate. Additions on existing homes are considered new construction. To apply for a rebate in the form of a credit on their bills the HMLP residential customer should arrange through us for an energy audit. Eligible improvements must come recommended in the audit and have a payback of less than 10 years to qualify for a rebate. Improvements which are eligible include:
  • attic, wall, floor or crawlspace and rim joist insulation
  • air sealing measures such as weather stripping, caulking, interior storm windows If a homeowner does the work themselves they should save all receipts for materials associated with the installation. A dollar value for self-labor is not eligible for a rebate.
  • Commercial properties can now receive Energy Audits that will cover lighting and HVAC equipment, to schedule the audit please call 1-888-772-4242.

    Energy Audits: HMLP has contracted with certified commercial and industrial specialists (ENE) to provide an energy management study and then develop a plan of action for each energy conservation measure identified. The audits cover such end-uses as lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). The specialist develops energy conservation measures that are end-use specific, based on standard engineering analysis, cost estimates derived from experience and similar projects as well as designed to improve or maintain existing comfort and lighting levels. The HMLP has structured the program so that the customer pays one third (1/3) of the cost of the audit and the HMLP picks up the remaining two thirds (2/3). HMLP’s portion will range from $500 to $3,750.

    Rebates for those commercial customers who retrofit inefficient interior lighting systems or convert their outdoor lighting to Light Emitting Diode (LED)

    Lighting: The HMLP would offer a Commercial Lighting Rebate program to its commercial, industrial and municipal customers. The lighting rebate applies to the retrofitting of existing:

    • T12 fluorescent lamps with magnetic ballast to T5 or T8 lamps with electronic ballasts
    • T12 high output or high intensity discharge (HID) fixtures to T5 or T8 high output with electronic ballasts
    • New Light Emitting Diode (LED), Electroluminescent, or Photo luminescent exit signs that replace incandescent or compact fluorescent lamps (CFL)
    • And the installation occupancy sensors - passive infrared and/or ultrasonic detectors only with no manual ON or override switches
    • High pressure sodium, mercury vapor, incandescent outdoor lighting to LED

    The HMLP would cap the rebate amount at 50% of the project with a cap of $4,000 per account. The rebate amount will be credited to their account

    Commercial customers who replace inefficient HVAC systems will receive a rebate

    Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC): Industry studies indicate that facility HVAC equipment represents approximately 31% of potential electric savings as well as 33% or over 2,000 kW of potential Peak kW Demand reduction. An HVAC program has been developed by a Consortium for Energy Efficiency. Our HVAC program will be geared to commercial/industrial customers who utilize roof top units (RTUs). The program will encourage customers to purchase high efficiency units when replacing failed units or for new applications. Rebates will be developed based on the tonnage of the unit as well as the efficiency. HMLP intends to develop a program similar to what the Consortium’s “Cool Choice” program (details to be provided). Due to the technical nature of motors and HVAC systems, the HMLP envisions creating the specifics of this program with the ENE specialists.

    The HMLP reserves the right to change any portion of this program or end the program at any time without notice.

    More details about the program



    HMLP IS GOING GREEN
    As part of HMLP's efforts to further promote energy efficiency and conservation the light plant is expanding its current programs. These improved programs will offer Hingham residents multiple ways to conserve electricity and save money. Depending on which part of this expanded program customers want to participate in, they may need to have an energy audit performed before any work begins and rebates can be processed. Initially HMLP will fund this program. It is anticipated that, over time, the results of these new programs will produce savings that may help fund this and future programs. The HMLP is also considering collecting funds on the monthly bill on a per-kilowatt-hour charge, similar to other municipal and investor owned utilities. The HMLP reserves the right to change any portion of this program or end the program at any time without notice.
    Residential Energy Conservation Programs


    Tier 1 and 2 services: We will continue to offer the Tier 1 and 2 services as described by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Customer Specialists at Energy New England will answer customer inquiries concerning energy savings measures they can enact to lower their electric bills. The customer can also request an energy audit which the HMLP provides free of charge through ENE. The 1st improvement in our new HMLP IS GOING GREEN program is in the home energy audit area. We will now perform an infra-red inspection of the customer's home as part of the audit. This inspection will help determine where such money-saving interventions like: is insulation needed, will caulking could seal costly cracks, whether a window or door needs to be re-glazed or whether there's a need for window replacements.


    Lighting: The HMLP has had several energy efficient lighting programs with Light-Emitting Diode bulbs that have included our subsidizing discounts at local stores, distributing free bulbs at our office, giving them to several groups at the Senior Center, sharing them with Hingham students at various educational outreach programs and have made them available to participants at the Hingham Family Fun Day. The HMLP will continue to find opportunities to encourage its customers to use LEDs. We can increase their usage by working with our customers when they purchase a bulb and by our continued promotions with give-aways as a method of introducing the benefit of a LED to our ratepayers.


    Appliance Rebate Program: HMLP’s Appliance Rebate Program gives residential customers a rebate for purchasing energy efficient appliances (Energy Star rated). The following appliances are eligible for the rebate program:
    • Central air conditioners: $100
    • Unit air conditioners: $50
    • Refrigerator: $75
    • Clothes washing machine: $50
    • Dishwasher: $50
    • Dehumidifier: $50
    • Programmable thermostat: 50% up to $25
    • Freezer: $50
    • Electric water heater: $75

    Solar: The HMLP will offer a rebate in the form of a credit on the bills of customers who install and own a photovoltaic system at their homes in Hingham. The amount of the rebate will vary according to the capacity of the photovoltaic system. There is a cap of $3000 per installation. The HMLP will rebate $1000/kW x the rated output of the system or $3000, whichever is less. For example, an HMLP customer who installs a photovoltaic system at their home in Hingham and whose system has a rated output of 2.5kW will receive a rebate of $2500. If that same customer installed a system with a rated output of 5kW, they would receive a rebate of $3000.

    Home Weatherization:
    The HMLP will offer a rebate of 50% with a cap of $500 in the form of a credit on the bills of customers who are electric heat customers or who have central air conditioning and make certain energy efficiency improvements in their existing Hingham homes. Weatherization work as a part of new construction is not eligible for a rebate. Additions on existing homes are considered new construction. To apply for a rebate in the form of a credit on their bills the HMLP residential customer should arrange through us for an energy audit. Eligible improvements must come recommended in the audit and have a payback of less than 10 years to qualify for a rebate. Improvements which are eligible include:
  • attic, wall, floor or crawlspace and rim joist insulation
  • air sealing measures such as weather stripping, caulking, interior storm windows If a homeowner does the work themselves they should save all receipts for materials associated with the installation. A dollar value for self-labor is not eligible for a rebate.


  • Combined Heat and Power:
    The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit is the combination of a furnace providing heat to the home and a generating unit providing electricity to the home, both running on natural gas. The CHP qualifies as a cogeneration unit given the use of the waste heat from the generator being used as a supplemental heat source for the furnace. The power generated is about 1.2 kW, which at many times will cover the requirements of a typical home. The cost of a CHP system is approximately $13,500 but savings can run between $800 and $1,000 per year, in the form of electricity and heating costs. Similar to other generating units, the HMLP is required to purchase the output of the of a CHP system. The HMLP could also look into the possibility of developing an additional rebate for this type unit. It will be based on the avoided energy cost, mode of operation, availability during peak periods, and other operating characteristics and would be similar to what would be paid to other generators. The HMLP rebate to a customer installing a CHP unit will be based on the avoided cost of capacity to the HMLP. The HMLP is looking into the possibility of a rebate for this unit. Any kWh generated onto the HMLP’s system from this unit will be paid the same rate as the average monthly LMP energy charge. (determined by the ISO)

    Partnering:
    The HMLP will reach out to other entities in the energy sector (fuel suppliers, alternative energy generators manufacturers, natural gas and oil, local distributors) to determine if there are opportunities to create partnerships. Partnership can, in some instances, create energy savings for customers. Partnerships may include opportunities for switching from electric to other fuel sources (natural gas or oil). The HMLP also could partner with local stores who supply energy conservation and energy efficiency products for the home. The HMLP will reach out to other entities in the energy sector (fuel suppliers, alternative energy generators manufacturers, natural gas and oil, local distributors) to determine if there are opportunities to create partnerships. Partnership can, in some instances, create energy savings for customers. Partnerships may include opportunities for switching from electric to other fuel sources (natural gas or oil). The HMLP could also partner with local stores who supply energy conservation and energy efficiency products for the home.

    Residential Time of Use Rate:
    The HMLP has discussed a Residential Time of Use Rate with a rate consultant. This potential will be defined further during the next rate study review to evaluate the potential savings and success.

    Commercial Energy Conservation Programs

    Prior to HMLP Is Going Green the HMLP did not offer an Energy Audit Program for its commercial, industrial and municipal customers with the opportunity for an evaluation of energy savings opportunities. Energy audits were available on a very limited basis during a pilot program.

    Energy Audits: HMLP has contracted with certified commercial and industrial specialists (ENE) to provide an energy management study and then develop a plan of action for each energy conservation measure identified. The audits cover such end-uses as lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). The specialist develops energy conservation measures that are end-use specific, based on standard engineering analysis, cost estimates derived from experience and similar projects as well as designed to improve or maintain existing comfort and lighting levels. The HMLP has structured the program so that the customer pays one third (1/3) of the cost of the audit and the HMLP picks up the remaining two thirds (2/3). HMLP’s portion will range from $500 to $3,750.

    Lighting: The HMLP would offer a Commercial Lighting Rebate program to its commercial, industrial and municipal customers. The lighting rebate applies to the retrofitting of existing:
  •  T12 fluorescent lamps with magnetic ballast to T5 or T8 lamps with electronic ballasts;
  • T12 high output or high intensity discharge (HID) fixtures to T5 or T8 high output with electronic ballasts;
  •  new Light Emitting Diode (LED), Electroluminescent, or Photo luminescent exit signs that replace incandescent or compact fluorescent lamps (CFL);
  •  and the installation occupancy sensors - passive infrared and/or ultrasonic detectors only with no manual “ON” or override switches. The HMLP would cap the rebate amount at 50% of the project with a cap of $4,000 per customer. The rebate amount will be credited to their account. Heating,

    Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC): Industry studies indicate that facility HVAC equipment represents approximately 31% of potential electric savings as well as 33% or over 2,000 kW of potential Peak kW Demand reduction. An HVAC program has been developed by a Consortium for Energy Efficiency. Our HVAC program will be geared to commercial/industrial customers who utilize roof top units (RTUs). The program will encourage customers to purchase high efficiency units when replacing failed units or for new applications. Rebates will be developed based on the tonnage of the unit as well as the efficiency. HMLP intends to develop a program similar to what the Consortium’s “Cool Choice” program (details to be provided). Due to the technical nature of motors and HVAC systems, the HMLP envisions creating the specifics of this program with the ENE specialists.

    Renewable Energy Projects: HMLP is proposing to set up a fund that will review residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal renewable projects. The HMLP will review each project and determine the amount of savings that each project will produce to determine refund amount.

    Demand Response Program: HMLP has contracted with CPower (through ENE) to provide a Demand Response program to their customers who curtail their load when called upon by ISO-NE. The program is being offered to commercial, industrial and municipal customers who are able to curtail a minimum of 100 kW demand. Proper metering must be in place. There is no up front a capital cost to the customer, as the expense is paid for out of the initial savings.

    Industrial Time of Use Rate: The Industrial Time of Use Rate (ITOU) allows commercial and industrial customers the flexibility to lower their electric bill by moving some of their energy intensive activities Off-Peak. This type of rate was investigated and reviewed during the last rate study and will be further explored during the update of the rate study at a later date.
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