Custom Analysis

Important! wattsmart Business program changes – November 16, 2017
Pacific Power is planning changes to the wattsmart Business program in Washington. The changes will be effective January 1, 2018. The changes (PDF) (modified on Nov. 22 to correct a minor error) affect incentives for lighting retrofits, instant incentives for lighting (PDF), small business and more. View a summary of the planned changes (PDF). If you have questions or need more information, please call toll free 1-800-222-4335 or email us.

Borton FruitBorton Fruit is realizing significant savings from refrigeration and other energy upgrades at its Yakima Valley operation.

For custom projects that are beyond the scope of the incentive lists, we have a team of energy experts to help you evaluate options, estimate savings and help you make a wattsmart choice before you make a purchase.

Most new construction projects can use typical upgrades/ listed incentives, but if you are planning to install unique systems — not on the lists — contact us early in your process for a custom analysis.

Possible cash incentives
  Incentive Project Cost Cap
Custom incentives for qualifying measures not on the incentive lists $0.15 per annual kwh savings for non-lighting
70% and one-year simple payback

*The one-year simple payback cap means incentives will not be available to reduce the simple payback of a project below one year. If required, individual measure incentives will be adjusted downward pro-rata so the project has a simple payback after incentives of one year.

What does the custom energy analysis include?

This analysis will provide information to guide your implementation decision and funding approval process. Services also include a post-installation savings verification of the project.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll see in your Custom Energy Analysis:
Custom Efficiency Measure Energy (kwh) Savings Electric Cost Savings Installed Cost Incentive Payback Before Incentive Payback After Incentive
Variable speed compressor & heatless dryer controls 524,724 $18,139 $66,329 $46,430 3.6 yrs. 1.1 yrs.
Percentage of cost paid by incentive 70% $46,430 $46,430 3.6 yrs. 1.1 yrs.
What is the process to receive a Custom Energy Analysis?
  1. You submit an application: After you identify a project (or work with us to identify a project(s) the first step is to submit a general application (PDF).
  2. We provide a pre-inspection: Before you remove existing equipment we need to establish an energy baseline. It is very important that we do this before you purchase anything new. Our inspection will identify efficiency options and help you understand the financial benefits of your investment. 
  3. You sign an incentive offer: Sign an incentive offer before you begin project implementation. If you don’t have an incentive offer, you may not be able to receive an incentive.
  4. You implement your project: Purchase and install qualifying equipment at an eligible location.
  5. We provide a post-inspection: We may need to see that the new equipment is installed and operational. It can be a simple on-sight inspection or it may require more formal savings verification. You’ll be told what the requirements will be in your energy analysis.
  6. You receive a cash incentive: Congratulations! Within 45 days of final inspection, savings verification, and/or the receipt of all necessary cost documentation you will receive your incentive.
What projects qualify?

Qualifying energy efficiency measures are any nonlighting measures which, when installed in an eligible facility, result in verifiable electric energy efficiency improvement compared to a baseline as determined by Pacific Power. The baseline will be determined with reference to existing equipment, applicable state or federal energy codes, industry standard practice and other relevant factors. 

Energy efficiency measures must meet minimum equipment efficiency levels and equipment eligibility requirement in the typical upgrades/incentive lists.

Qualifying measures include Waste Heat to Power and regenerative technologies.  

What projects do not qualify?

Projects involving fuel switching, technologies that we cannot prove the performance of (“black box”), and some projects you already have in progress.

What is waste heat to power?

Waste heat to power is the process of capturing heat discarded by a process (with no increase in fuel input for the process) and using that heat to generate electricity for use by the facility in place of electricity provided by Pacific Power.

The electricity generated using waste heat is used on site to reduce the customer's incoming electricity requirements from Pacific Power.

Additional incentive eligibility requirements for waste heat to power:

  1. Incentives may be available for waste heat to power systems with nameplate generation capacity less than 1,000 KW (1 MW)
  2. Customers receiving a wattsmart Business custom incentive for waste heat to power a) are not eligible to apply as a Qualifying Facility now or later; b) may apply for net metering
  3. Waste heat to power installations must meet specific safety and engineering standards. As a result of our interconnection review, you may be asked to purchase equipment outside the design scope of your project. a) Please see information on connecting to PacifiCorp's transmission and distribution system (PDF), including the steps. An application and deposit is required. This process is separate from wattsmart Business program participation and is the responsibliity of the customer. b) Incentives will not be paid until interconnection requirements are met and your generation facility is approved to operate. c) Costs of interconnection may be considered eligible energy efficiency project costs.
When will I receive my incentive?

At the end of your project. Within 45 days of final inspection, savings verification, and/or the receipt of all necessary cost documentation you will receive your incentive.

Who controls the outcome of my project(s)?

You do! You remain in control of your project. You choose the technologies and the manufacturers you want to use. You choose the contractors with whom you'll be working. From analysis through installation, we will work within your planning and construction schedules. Think of us as an extension of your own team — there to offer information, confirmation and options for your decision-making.

Is my company eligible?

Commercial, industrial and agricultural customers receiving electric service from Pacific Power in Washington on rate schedules 24, 33, 36, 40, 47T, 48T, 53 and 54 are eligible.

Brochures and other information

Contact us before you start your project