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Commercial Energy Solutions: Assessments and Optimizationarrows

Improve the performance of your commercial building through MidAmerican Energy’s Commercial Energy Solutions program. This program promotes comprehensive energy efficiency for existing commercial buildings regardless of size and need through energy assessments and building optimization services. You can increase your property values due to lower monthly operating costs, invest in advanced efficiency technologies, and improve building operation and comfort.

Energy Assessments
The assessment is catered to your building size and business needs and includes a review of the facility’s operating equipment and systems. At the end of the assessment you’ll receive a customized report that arms your business with a prioritized, actionable plan for saving energy and reducing operating costs. Each recommendation includes estimated energy and cost savings, project cost, potential rebates and simple payback.

Incentives
  • Equipment rebates – The energy assessment report connects customers to prescriptive and custom rebates as outlined in the nonresidential equipment programs.
  • Enhanced incentives – Bonus rebates are available when multiple projects are completed.
  • Direct-install measures for small businesses – Gain immediate cost savings! Our energy specialist may install energy efficiency measures at no cost, as appropriate.
Schedule your assessment
Call 800-292-6448 and let one of our energy experts answer your questions or schedule your energy assessment. You also can complete an online form requesting a callback from our energy experts to help you get started in enhancing the performance of your building.

Building Optimization Services
Building optimization services are powerful but often underutilized tools for enhancing building operations and increasing efficiency through low- or no-cost measures and practices. MidAmerican Energy offers two optimization options to meet the needs of commercial buildings: Express Building Tune-Up for smaller buildings and Retrocommissioning for larger, more complex facilities.
  • Express Building Tune-Up – This service targets smaller buildings that can achieve superior results from simple retrocommissioning strategies and operator training without having to incur the expense of capital investments to replace or abandon systems. Participating buildings are typically <100,000 sq. ft., have rooftop units and are free of major problems requiring costly repairs or replacement of equipment. The goal of an Express Building Tune-Up is to find easy-to-fix items that will enhance building performance and reduce energy consumption. Examples of corrective measures include:


    • Scheduling programmable thermostats
    • Adjusting/adding economizers
    • Repairing failed actuators
    • Adjusting minimum outside air percentages
  • Retrocommissioning – This service targets larger and more complex commercial buildings that can achieve superior results from intensive retrocommissioning strategies and operator training without having to incur the expense of capital investments of replacing or abandoning systems. Participating buildings are typically >100,000 sq. ft., have a central heating and cooling system, a functional energy management system with direct digital controls and are free of major problems requiring costly repairs or replacement of equipment. The goal of traditional retrocommissioning is to optimize existing building systems and reduce energy consumption. Examples of corrective measures include:


    • Optimizing economizer and ventilation controls
    • Improving equipment sequencing and scheduling
    • Optimizing fans and pumps
Incentives
MidAmerican Energy will fund 50 percent of the express building tune-up survey or retrocommissioning study and additional incentives are earned based on energy savings ($0.05/kWh and $0.20/therm) from implemented projects. Incentives are capped at the lesser of:
  • 70 percent of total study and implementation cost
  • $0.20/square foot of building space
Participants in the Retrocommissioning offering are required to have one person become building-operator certified. MidAmerican Energy will provide rebates up to $500 to cover the cost of receiving the required Building Operator Certification®. BOC is a nationally recognized training and certification program focused on energy-efficient building operations and preventive maintenance procedures. BOC training provides building operators with the skills and knowledge to incorporate energy efficiency into their operations and maintenance practices to reduce energy usage and costs. Visit www.boccentral.org for additional information.

How to get started with building optimization services
Call 800-292-6448 and let one of our energy experts assist you with determining which service best meets your building’s needs. You can complete an online form requesting a callback from our energy experts to help you get started in enhancing the performance of your building.

Program qualifications
  • Participants must be commercial customers with facilities located in MidAmerican Energy Company’s Iowa service territory.
  • MidAmerican Energy Company must provide the primary electricity and/or natural gas to the equipment at the facility for which the rebate is being paid.
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