Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Program

Question: I saw your ad about the programs, can you tell me more?
Answer: : We have programs that provide a portion of investments in new, more efficient equipment to help commercial and industrial customers of Delmarva Power located in the Maryland territory reduce their monthly electricity bills by saving energy and thereby improving the environment. Standard incentives are offered for the following types of equipment:
Custom Incentives are available for equipment that does not qualify into the standard measure types (above). These may include the following:
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Chiller Systems
  • Industrial Process Improvements
  • Many other cost-effective, energy saving measures.

In addition, Operations and Maintenance measures can be identified and remedied with the assistance of Building Commissioning efforts that can be subsidized by the program. We can provide a portion of the cost of experts who analyze building operations and recommend low-cost ways for large buildings to improve their operations and equipment-control systems, reduce monthly electric bills, and save energy.

Small Business Program

Question: How should I handle one building that has multiple meters? What if one of the meters exceeds the 100 KW Small Business eligibility limit?
Answer: Our recommendation is as follows:
  • Each meter will determine if it is eligible for Small Business or Commercial level incentives.
  • If any meter individually records less than 100 KW per month then that meter, and its related electrical load is eligible for Small Business incentive levels
  • If one meter in the building exceeds the 100 KW per month limit, then identify the measures attributed to that meter and use the Commercial level incentives.
  • For the building with two meters, we recommend using a single WTEA and Low Cost report. The second building should have a separate WTEA and Low Cost Report.

Questions about Lockheed Martin

Question: Who is Lockheed Martin? How are they associated with Delmarva Power?
Response: Delmarva Power has hired Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Energy Services Group to manage, administer, and deliver the Delmarva Power C&I Energy Savings Program for its Maryland customers.

Questions about Payments

Question: How much funding is available to me as a commercial customer?
Response: This depends on the type of program participation you are interested in. Much of the program is standard, preset incentives for specific equipment and other components provide matching funds based upon energy savings of a measure or project. A single electric account is limited to $250,000 per year with a $500,000 limit per customer per year for customers that have facilities at multiple locations.

Question: How long will it take to receive my incentive check?
Response: Once your project is pre-approved, and you install the efficient equipment and provide us with a completed incentive application and associated paperwork, we will verify the installation and provide final approval. From that point, you should receive your payment in 4 to 6 weeks.

Question: How will I be paid?
Response: The check will be sent to you via first class U.S. mail.

Question: Must projects be completed in the same calendar year for the incentives to be paid?
Response: No, the project must be completed within 12 months after pre-approval is given for Custom projects, and within 6 months for Standard (Lighting/HVAC/Motors/VFD/Vending) measure projects. If additional time is required for your project, please contact the Program Office to request an extension.

Technical Questions

Question: When applying for the alternative lighting fixture incentive, what kind of documentation do you need to determine that the LED’s are likely to last for an extended period of time?
Response: LM-79 and LM-80 test results are needed, as is a warranty on parts and labor for all types of alternative lighting.

Question: How does the Delmarva Power C&I Energy Savings Program apply to elevator modernization projects? How does the program relate to elevators specifically?
Response: Several possible ways: New motors (up to 200 hp) or new lighting could qualify as prescriptive incentives. Elevator controls would potentially be a Custom measure, but there is a requirement that all Custom Incentive projects must save at least 50,000 kWh/yr.

Question: Do ENERGY STAR® refrigerators qualify under the Custom Incentive Application?
Response: Probably not, but we need more information to give a definitive answer. The replacement of residential refrigerators is not covered. Commercial refrigerators would be a part of a Custom measure, but to be a qualified Custom project it must save at least 50,000 kWh/yr.

Question: Can a customer, for example a large hotel, apply for both a Custom project and a Building Commissioning project,  to be done concurrently?
Response: Yes, in fact this is typical. The Building Commissioning project will include a review of all energy using systems in your facility to identify possible Custom (and Prescriptive) upgrades. We encourage customers to pursue all opportunities to save energy and reduce their operating costs.

Question: If a piece of qualifying HVAC equipment is installed with a unit that includes a VFD will an incentive be granted for both items? If so would both the HVAC and VFD worksheets need to be completed?
Response: We may need more information to answer this question accurately. This application may be eligible as a Custom project, if the savings are large enough. However, an HVAC unit that is provided by the manufacturer with a VFD as a component would be eligible for a prescriptive or a custom HVAC incentive, depending on its size and assuming it meets program criteria. VFDs applied to a variety of HVAC fans and pumps are eligible for incentives, as are a variety of HVAC equipment.

Trade Allies Questions

Question: Will there be a fee for the assessment performed by the Trade Ally and what is the range of those fees? How are they determined?
Response: Fees charged by Trade Allies (TAs) are between the TA and the customer. The cost of technical analysis studies to assess Custom projects will largely be borne by the customer and/or the trade ally or vendor. Customers may apply for co-funding of comprehensive Technical Analysis Studies of a customer facility’s energy usage and subsequent recommendations for improvement. Pre-approval of co-funding of a project will be dependent upon the study plan and budget provided, and the potential for energy savings at the facility. Ultimately, the co-funded amount from the program may be dependent upon the implementation of study recommendations. In some cases, equipment vendors may offer energy studies as a free or nominal cost service. The program will not co-fund such studies.

Question: Are there any incentives for projects that were completed in 2009 prior to the eligibility dates?
Response: No

Question: Am I required to use a Trade Ally?
Response: No. Trade Allies are trained to assist you with the program procedures and applications, but you are not required to use a listed Trade Ally.

These programs support EmPOWER Maryland administered by the Maryland Energy Administration