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Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Services Program

Improve the Efficiency of Electrical or Natural Gas Equipment

This program is one of several innovative solutions offered by Energize Connecticut and administered by Connecticut's utility companies.

O&M Changes Can Result in Real Savings

Inadequate maintenance can often lead to drastic energy losses defeating your plan to reduce energy use and cost. Effective operation and maintenance is a cost-effective tool for commercial and industrial customers who want reliability and energy efficiency built into their electric and natural gas equipment and systems. By participating in this program, customers can improve the electrical and thermal efficiency of their operations by changes and repairs, rather than through capital investments. This is a program with lasting benefits - providing the knowledge and the means to maintain equipment efficiency on an ongoing basis. Now, with Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund support, you have the financial and technical assistance that enables you to determine your energy future by making decisions based on advanced operation and maintenance practices and technology.

Who's Eligible?

  • Commercial, industrial or municipal customers of any size
  • Customers who need to identify energy inefficiencies and opportunities to their HVAC and industrial production systems. Program is not intended for normal preventive maintenance and repetitive procedures or to subsidize major equipment purchases.
  • CL&P or UI customers on a commercial or industrial rate can participate in electric energy-efficiency measures
  • Yankee Gas, CNG or SCG customers on a firm commercial or industrial rate can participate in natural gas energy-saving measures

How Does the Program Work?

  • Utility company energy experts will work with your design professional, contractor or your facilities group to identify opportunities for O&M improvements at your facility. Based on the findings, the utility can review your proposal and help you quantify the savings achievable from those changes.
  • The program uses a financial incentive strategy. Energy-efficiency measures may be eligible for incentives of up to 50 percent of the installed project cost. When applicable, training and outreach may also be provided to your in-house personnel to help maintain the energy-efficiency improvements over time. Details of the current incentive structure can be found here  (PDF).
  • The O&M Services program administrators will provide the general and technical support necessary, as determined by the size and complexity of the project, to prepare an up-front, contractual commitment to be signed prior to implementing your O&M measures. The Letter of Agreement will detail all the energy-efficiency measures, the estimated energy savings and the anticipated incentive dollar amount. Once the project is completed, the measures are inspected and verified and your organization receives the incentive payment. It’s as simple as that.

The financial incentives will help get your project completed the right way. The energy-saving benefits will continue on, month after month.

The following list is only a sample of the energy-efficiency opportunities available. Each facility is unique. However, some of the more common O&M measures are:

  • Improvements to compressed air systems, such as repairing leaks or installing solenoid valves that automatically shut off air supply to machines when they are not running
  • Repairs or conversions of economizers to comparative enthalpy control
  • Rewiring of lighting circuits for more efficient switching
  • Maintenance of the facility’s energy management system, including reprogramming and replacing defective sensors, relays and actuators
  • Replacement of small air motors and compressed air-driven bin vibrators with electric motors
  • Repairs or replacement of defective steam traps

For more information call 1-877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873)