Energy Efficiency

Programs for Business, Industry, Government, Schools and Nonprofits
Energy Star Appliance Program

Osage Municipal Utilities is offering an ENERGY STAR Appliance Incentive Program. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances use 10 to 50% less energy and water than standard models.  Using less energy not only helps the environment, it also saves you money.

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Learn the Details of OMU’s ENERGY STAR Appliance Incentive Program.

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Prescriptive Program

OMU provids incentives to the Utility’s electric and natural gas customers for the installation of energy-efficient equipment for numerous applications including:

  • High Efficiency Lighting
  • LED Lighting
  • Variable Frequency Drives for Motors
  • Cooking and Refrigeration Equipment
  • Building Envelop Insulation
  • HVAC Equipment and Domestic Water Heating

This program is designed to help overcome market barriers and encourage greater adoption of energy efficiency measures in the C&I market.  OMU believes through engagement and education with the market participants and through customer incentives to reduce upfront costs, the risks to energy efficiency system implementation will be reduced and the rewards from the savings will become more apparent thus increasing adoption.

As of January 1, 2015, OMU has added LED fixture (hard-wire) and screw-in lamp incentives to the C&I Lighting Application. LED lighting offers significant advantages over CFLs: longer life, dimmable and instant on.

Please review the Prescriptive Rules and Application:

A professional energy audit is strongly recommended to determine the best return on your energy efficiency investment. Preapproval by OMU staff of all applied for Incentives is required.

Custom Program

The Custom Program provides custom incentives to OMU electric and natural gas customers for the installation of innovative and unique energy-efficient equipment and controls.  Having a custom program allows efficiency measures and systems to be installed for situations specific to a customer’s application or process.  Incentives may be offered on a per energy (kWh and MCF) and per demand (kW) basis based on pre-approved engineering estimates.  Demand reduction projects will be given preference based on their positive effect on total system peak load.  This program targets energy savings equipment or processes as well as applications with so much variability in operating characteristics that standardized savings cannot be assumed across the customer base.  This program could also include those technologies that are new to the market and have not yet established baseline savings.

Examples of energy-efficient equipment that may qualify for incentives include:

  • Boilers over 2.5 million Btu input capacity
  • Premium-efficiency motors over 200 HP
  • Process boiler, chiller and refrigeration improvements
  • Energy management systems
  • Direct-fired heating systems
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Energy audits
  • Energy efficiency design

Certain barriers exist to the adoption of energy efficiency measures, including lack of investment capital, competition for funds with other capital improvements, lack of awareness/knowledge about the benefits and costs of energy efficiency measures, high transaction and information research costs, and technology performance uncertainties.  This program is designed to help overcome these market barriers and encourage greater adoption of energy efficiency measures in this market.  The premise of the program is that through engagement and education of the customer, identifying opportunities to save energy, working with the market and financial incentives to reduce upfront costs, the risks to energy efficiency will be reduced and the rewards from the savings will become more apparent thus increasing adoption.

Contact OMU staff for more information.

Industrial Smart Meter Program