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Idaho Site-Specific (Custom) Incentives

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Site-specific (custom) incentives are available for many energy efficiency projects that fall outside the parameters of our other prescriptive programs.  We can help identify opportunities within your facility that may help you operate more efficiently.  Examples of energy saving opportunities that may be identified include heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment, controls or other processes that may be unique to your facility.

Avista works with qualifying customers to identify opportunities within their facilities that may help them operate more efficiently. Cash incentives are available for hard-wired improvements which result in verifiable energy savings. Incentives do not apply to behavioral modifications. The incentive is based on the first year energy savings in kilowatt-hours.

The Company shall offer incentives for projects with measure lives of ten years or greater based upon the simple payback of the individual project based on the retail energy saved relative to the current energy code or industry practice that is applicable to the project. Simple payback is defined as the incremental capital cost associated with the energy efficiency of the project divided by the energy savings per year. Energy savings are calculated using the current retail energy rates. Fuel-conversion incentives are available only for conversion to natural gas with an end-use efficiency of 44% or greater. The incentives shall be as follows:


Simple Pay-Back Period

Incentive Level

(cents per first year kWh saved)

Electric Efficiency

1 to under 2 years

8 cents

2 to under 4 years

12 cents

4 to under 6 years

16 cents

6 to under 8 years

20 cents

6 to under 13 years*

20 cents

8 years and over**

0 cents

13 years and over

0 cents


1 to under 2 years

1 cents

2 to under 4 years

3 cents

4 to under 6 years

5 cents

6 to under 13 years

7 cents

13 years and over

0 cents

 *Applicable to non-lighting measures and lighting measures with independently verified lives of 40,000 hours or greater.

**Applicable to all lighting measures not otherwise included in the category defined above.

Incentives in which the tier structure applies will be capped at 70% of the incremental project cost for lighting projects with simple paybacks less than three years or non-lighting projects (or lighting projects with a verified life of 40,000 hours or more) with simple paybacks less than five years 50% of the incremental project cost. All other project incentives calculated under the tier structure will be capped at 50% of incremental project cost. Incentives for efficiency measures within the following categories shall not exceed 100% of the incremental measure cost.

Incentive levels effective 8/15/13

To be eligible for incentives, you need to contact Avista prior to purchasing any equipment or services. Site specific Incentives will not be paid on projects that are already under construction or that are being developed without Avista's involvement.

For more information contact your Account Executive to inquire about these incentives.

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