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Lighting efficiency and incentives update

July 17, 2015
This time of year, when the days are longer, lighting efficiency projects probably are not top of mind. With changes in the ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency program, it makes sense to look more closely at the opportunity if you are considering lighting upgrades this program year. 
Challenges to this year’s program started in March, when ComEd announced that the PY7 program, which was to operate for one year ending May 31, 2015, had run out of funds before the program year ended. As a way to appease those who were considering upgrades before the end of May, ComEd offered the opportunity to begin reserving funds for lighting efficiency projects with PY8 incentives, paid after June 1, 2015. As a result, half of the funds for PY8 Lighting Efficiency Projects (June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016) have already been reserved. Forecasters expect that rate to continue and that ComEd to exhaust their funds this year well ahead of the program close next May 31.  
Given the situation of available funds for PY8, any CATA member considering indoor or outdoor lighting efficiency upgrades is encouraged to reserve the funds as soon as possible. The reservation process does not obligate a dealer; rather, it reserves funds to proceed with lighting projects.  
Connexion, a CATA Member Partner, is available to help dealers considering projects this year provide an assessment or help with the ComEd approval paperwork if they already  have an assessment, even if it the assessment wasn’t Connexion’s. Contact Brian Earl, general manager of energy solutions for Connexion, at (847) 499-8314 or