RFI Post Date: [September 17, 2018]
Responses Due: [October 19, 2018]
Submittal To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Efficiency Vermont, the statewide Energy Efficiency Utility is seeking input from commercial and industrial
customers, and market partners providing energy services to those customers, who are considering
participation in the Energy Savings Account (ESA) Pilot program.1
Efficiency Vermont seeks information about customer interest and participation in the ESA Pilot, wherein
participants shall complete a project or series of projects to reduce or transform overall energy
consumption and spur economic opportunities. Customers participating in the 3-year Pilot will be able to
use up to 100% of their electric energy efficiency charge to pay for the full cost of eligible projects,
technical assistance, and evaluation, measurement, and verification.2
Responding to this RFI is not a prerequisite for participation in the ESA Pilot.
In 2018, Act No. 150 created a new avenue for commercial and industrial companies to save on energy
costs. Efficiency Vermont, the Department of Public Service, and the Agency of Commerce and Community
Development will design the Pilot and enroll participants by no later than July 2019. This Request for
Information (RFI) will be followed by a Request for Proposals. Responses to this RFI enable Efficiency
Vermont to gather information about the level of interest in the ESA Pilot, and identify the likely scope and
magnitude of projects that are to be completed therein.
The ESA Pilot will give participating business customers an opportunity to utilize their electric energy
efficiency charge (EEC) contributions to transform their current energy consumption. To be eligible to
participate in the pilot, customers must pay at least $5,000 in EEC annually.3 Facilities served by Burlington
Electric Department are not eligible.
The Pilot will enable funds to be used for one or more of the following:
• Electric energy efficiency;
• Thermal energy and process-fuel efficiency for all unregulated fuels, such as propane and oil;
• Thermal energy and process-fuel efficiency for manufacturers using regulated fuels (i.e. natural gas)
in excess of 600,000 MCF in 2017;
• Energy productivity measures (e.g. investments that reduce the amount of energy required to
produce a unit of product);
• Demand management; and
• Energy storage that provides benefits to the customer and its interconnecting utility.
The funds may be used to reduce the upfront capital costs, as well as pay for design, engineering, and
technical assistance to be provided by Efficiency Vermont and other vendors. Additionally, all projects will
be required to undergo an evaluation, measurement, and verification process as determined necessary by
the VT Department of Public Service and Efficiency Vermont.
1 Created under Act No. 150, Sec. 2 of the 2017-2018 Vermont Legislative Session (H.739)
2 Technical assistance, evaluation, measurement and verification costs may be a predetermined flat fee or charged on a per project basis.
3 To participate customers must have paid at least $5,000 in EEC over the last year or the average of last 3 years EEC exceeds $5,000 or the customer is in a new building and estimates paying an EEC greater than $5,000.
By submitting a response to this RFI, the respondent (1) acknowledges that it is doing so voluntarily and
without guarantee of future participation in the ESA Pilot, and (2) authorizes its response being reviewed by
Efficiency Vermont, the Department of Public Service, and the Agency of Commerce and Community
Development. Responses will not be shared with any other persons or entities unless required by law or
demanded through valid legal process, such as through a warrant, subpoena, or access to public records
Section 1: General Information
1) Name and address of Business
a. Name and contact information for person submitting RFI response
b. Is an energy services contractor completing this RFI on behalf of the Business? If so, please
provide contractor name and contact information.
2) Please describe this Business’s general operations. (i.e. location, size (square feet) of facility or
facilities, number of employees, etc.)
3) How has this Business utilized Efficiency Vermont technical services or product rebates to date? If
the Business has not used Efficiency Vermont, why not?
4) If selected to participate in the ESA Pilot, how might this Business use the funds? See
above for a list of eligible project types.5
5) Are there additional utility, State, or finance partners that might be involved in the Business’s
projects? Please list all known utilities, banks, permitting agencies, etc., that may be relevant.
6) Does this Business have current energy efficiency or sustainability goals? If so, does this Business
manage these efforts with in-house expertise, or with an energy services contractor, or both?
7) Would participation in the Pilot enable this Business to create or retain jobs? If so, please explain
how the Pilot would enable this.
8) What would make an ESA Pilot most valuable to and successful for this Business? What role might
Efficiency Vermont play that would be most valuable to this Business?
4 Electric Efficiency Charges redirected to the ESA pilot will be no greater than $2 million, and is limited to the total EEC contributions of participants.
5 Examples might include:
• Installation of new equipment or technologies that reduces electric consumption (kwh), electric demand (kW), and/or fuel usage
• Plant expansion or process modifications that reduce the amount of energy needed to produce a unit of product
• Installation of energy storage (e.g., batteries) or other technologies to improve reliability of power and/or resilience in recovering from adverse conditions (disasters, cyber security issues, etc.)
Section 2: Facility-Specific Information
9) Name and address of Facility (if different from above):
10) Who will serve as the primary point of contact for this Facility with Efficiency Vermont?
a. Name, Title, and Contact Information
11) What are the Facility’s current annual energy usages and costs? (please complete a separate table
for each Facility location that would potentially enroll in the ESA Pilot)6
Annual Cost ($)
Regulated Fuel (VGS customers only)
(total usage is acceptable, if spit is unknown or not applicable)
(total usage is acceptable, if spit is unknown or not applicable)
12) Does the Facility currently have a backup power source to ensure reliability? (e.g., battery,
a. Explain type, frequency of use, and any secondary uses.
b. What was the cost of this device? What ongoing costs are associated with its use?
13) Are there any known productivity-enhancing projects, or problems at this Facility, that the ESA Pilot
could be used to address?
14) Has the Business engaged an energy services company or contractor to identify opportunities for
electric, demand, or fuel efficiencies at this Facility? If yes, please briefly explain potential projects
that have been identified.
15) Please share any other Facility-specific information you think is relevant to the ESA Pilot.
6 For reference: 1 gallon of fuel oil = 138,500 BTU; 1 gallon of propane = 91,333 BTU; 1 cubic foot of natural gas = 1037 BTU
Launched January 1, 2000, Efficiency Vermont helps ratepayers reduce energy costs, strengthen the
local economy, and protect the environment by making homes and business energy efficient.
Efficiency Vermont provides technical assistance, rebates, and other financial incentives to help
Vermont households, businesses and other institutions reduce their energy costs with energy-efficient
equipment, lighting, and approaches to construction and major renovation. Efficiency Vermont
partners extensively with contractors, suppliers, and retailers of efficient products and services
throughout the state.
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