CenterPoint Energy - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs (Texas)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Texas

Name CenterPoint Energy - Commercial and Industrial Standard Offer Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Central Air conditioners, Custom/Others pending approval, Heat pumps, Lighting, Motor VFDs, Motors, Programmable Thermostats, Roofs, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Retro-commissioning, LED Lighting
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Standard Offer

Lighting (Fluorescent, HID, CFL): $120/kW; $0.04/kWh
Lighting (LED): $210/kW; $0.08/kWh
Lighting (LED Outdoor): $230/kW on-peak; $0.14/kWh
Lighting (Relamping): $36/kW; $0.01/kWh
Cooling (DX units): $240/kW; $0.09/kWh
Cooling (Chiller): $260/kW; $0.11/kWh
Motor: $235/kW; $0.09/KWh
VFD: $180/kW; $0.07kWh
Window Film: $200/kW; $0.08/kWh
Window Replacement: $210/kW; $0.08/kWh
Roofing: $240/kW; $0.09/kWh
All Other Measures: $175/kWh; $0.06/kWh

Retro-Commissioning: $25/kW and $0.01/kWh
Load Management: $40/kW of verified curtailed load each year

Eligible System Size The project must occur at a single site with a total maximum peak demand of more than 100 kW or multiple sites with a combined maximum peak demand greater than 250 kW.

Installation Requirements Retro-Commissioning: Existing facilities should generally be at least 400,000 sq. ft. of air-conditioned space, with higher than average energy consumption.

Maximum Incentive Standard Offer: 20% of the annual incentive budget.

Retro-Commissioning: up to $10,000 with matching customer contribution with simple payback in three years.

Program Administrator CenterPoint Energy
Date added to DSIRE 2007-07-31
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-07
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


CenterPoint Energy's Commercial and Industrial Standard Offer Program pays incentives to service providers who install energy efficiency measures in commercial or industrial facilities that are located within its service territories. Participation is a Five-Step Process described in detail in the Program Manual.

Large commercial customers with a total, single-site maximum peak demand of more than 100 kW or multiple sites with a combined maximum peak demand greater than 250 kW are eligible to participate. Small commercial customers with a total, single-site maximum peak demand of less than 100 kW or multiple sites with a combined maximum peak demand no greater than 250 kW are also eligible Project Sponsors. The project must be implemented at a facility that is operated by a commercial or industrial CenterPoint Energy distribution customer. This "host customer" must be willing to commit to the project, enter an agreement with the Project Sponsor, and provide access to the facility for inspection. Standard Offer incentive vary based upon the technology implemented.

All projects must include a total estimated summer demand reduction of at least 20kW during peak summer hours (1 pm to 7 pm May 1st- September 30th excluding holidays). Project Sponsors are required to meet minimum eligibility criteria and sign a standard agreement with CenterPoint, which includes an estimate of how many kW and kWh the project will save and the associated incentive payment amount. Detailed information, including eligible measures and application materials may be found on the web site listed above.

The Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Market Transformation Program offered by CenterPoint Energy promotes the tune-up of major energy-consuming systems in existing commercial buildings, including manufacturing facilities, hospitals, educational campuses, retail stores etc. Typical RCx Measures include HVAC Temperature Reset, Outside Air Reduction, Optimize HVAC Start-Up, Lighting (de-lamping, day-lighting, etc.), VFD’s; etc.

The Load Management Program is a program in which commercial customers curtail load when notified. Curtailments may occur during the summer peak demand period of each year, defined as weekdays, June 1 through Sept. 30, of each program year, between 1 and 7 p.m. The goal of the Load Management Standard Offer Program is to reduce summer peak demand in the CenterPoint Energy service territory in a cost-effective manner and to reach the demand savings goals established by the legislature and Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) regulations. For more information, customers can email

Contact Name Yolanda Slade
Department CenterPoint Energy

Address PO Box 1700

Place Houston, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 77251-1700
Phone (713) 207-7762


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"