Gulf Power Launches Robust CFS Incentive Program
Gulf Power has been an ENERGY STAR energy efficiency program sponsor partner since 2004 and is among the first in the Southeast region to offer a commercial food service
(CFS) incentive program. The utility launched their EarthCents program in 2008 to provide both residential and commercial customers with incentives, tools, and advice on making smart choices about saving money and energy.
Gulf Power customers have shown great interest in the EarthCents programs that help make their homes and businesses more energy efficient. Since mid-June of this year, more than 1,000 customers have participated in the Gulf Power HVAC tune-up program, and about 400 applications for EarthCents Incentives have been submitted. Additionally, more than 1,100 customers completed Energy Checkups in the month of July.
Gulf Power recently expanded this program to serve businesses in the food service industry. Effective June 1, 2011, the company began offering prescriptive incentives across six CFS equipment categories. Incentives range from $100 to $750 for a robust set of ENERGY STAR qualified equipment, including electric convection ovens, fryers, griddles, steamers, hot food holding cabinets, and ice machines. Gulf Power also offers incentives on water heaters, interior lighting and lighting occupancy sensors, HVAC equipment, and more. For a complete energy evaluation, businesses can complete a free Energy Checkup online or request an energy expert to come onsite to help identify ways to save energy and money.
With the addition of incentive offerings for CFS equipment, Gulf Power continues to make great strides in educating their customers about energy efficiency. Gulf Power has also been an ENERGY STAR pledge driver since 2006 for the ENERGY STAR Change the World/Change a Light campaign. Through this effort, Gulf Power inspires customers across their service territory to make small commitments to save energy, one step at a time. For more information on becoming a pledge driver, see the following Change the World. Start with ENERGY STAR article.
For more information on Gulf Power's EarthCents program, visit www.gulfpower.com/earthcents.asp. Specific information on food service equipment incentives can be accessed at www.gulfpower.com/commercial/foodservice.asp.
Gulf Power Company is an investor-owned electric utility with all of its common stock owned by Atlanta-based Southern Company. Gulf Power serves more than 430,000 customers in eight counties throughout Northwest Florida. The company's mission is to safely deliver affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible electric service to its customers while working to improve the communities it serves. Visit Gulf Power online at www.GulfPower.com or on the company's Facebook page, "Gulf Power Company."
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Dealer Engagement Opportunities
Over the past year, the number of CFS equipment dealers joining the ENERGY STAR program has grown steadily. EPA would like to welcome all of the dealer partners that recently joined the program. To see a list of ENERGY STAR dealer partners, visit www.energystar.gov/cfs/wheretobuy.
The ENERGY STAR CFS team encourages new and existing partners to take full advantage of their partnership with the ENERGY STAR program, to leverage the tools developed by the program, and to learn more about the ENERGY STAR qualified CFS products in the market.
Partners are encouraged to use the Linkage Phrase Marks ("We Sell ENERGY STAR" and "Ask About ENERGY STAR") as well as the ENERGY STAR Partner Mark.
As an ENERGY STAR partner, commercial kitchen equipment dealers commit to stocking a wide range of ENERGY STAR qualified equipment and helping to raise customer awareness of energy-efficient products and practices for commercial kitchens. ENERGY STAR dealer partners often help their customers identify eligible incentives and process the requests that add value to customers, helping to put money back in their pockets. To find out more about joining as a retail partner and CFS equipment dealer, contact your buying group or e-mail email@example.com. To join now, fill out the Retailer Partnership Agreement available at www.energystar.gov/join.
In addition to partnering with ENERGY STAR, EPA encourages dealers to:
1) Learn about the ENERGY STAR program and the products that earn the label by taking the training found at www.energystar.gov/training.
2) Develop a sales and marketing strategy that highlights the benefits of ENERGY STAR qualified equipment.
3) Leverage ENERGY STAR resources, such as fact sheets, training presentations, case studies, and more at www.energystar.gov/cfs.
4) Keep your sales team aware of rebates/incentives available in your region by reviewing the ENERGY STAR CFS Incentive Guide at www.energystar.gov/cfs/incentives.
5) Develop relationships with utility/state/regional program managers.
6) Contact Una Song or Natalie Chadwick at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about ENERGY STAR training or co-branding marketing materials.
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Update for Utility Partners
Revisions to the ENERGY STAR CFS Incentive Guide are now underway. EPA released the 2011 guide earlier this year as a means to feature incentive offerings from utilities around the country and the updated edition is scheduled to be posted to the ENERGY STAR CFS website later this month. EPA would like to thank all of the utilities that feature their incentive programs in the guide.
Updated information or changes to incentive program listings were due in early September and the October 2011 edition will be posted online in the weeks ahead.
Please contact email@example.com
with any additional questions. EPA is also happy to assist utility partners with partner matchmaking or training.
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Change the World. Start with ENERGY STAR
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign encourages all Americans to join with millions of others in taking small steps that make a big difference in protecting the climate. The campaign focuses on changes that individuals can make at home and in their communities with ENERGY STAR qualified products, and energy-efficient practices, that will save both energy and money while helping to prevent climate change. If every American household took part in the pledge, we would save $24 billion in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from 27 million cars.
Your organization, whether it is a restaurant, utility, or dealer, can take action now by becoming a pledge driver and getting your employees and customers involved. The Change the World Pledge challenges people to make energy-efficient choices in a variety of ways. Some of these choices include looking for the ENERGY STAR when purchasing new products, enabling power management settings on computers, maintaining HVAC systems, sealing and insulating a home, and using a programmable thermostat correctly.
Signing up as a pledge driver is a great way to showcase your partnership with ENERGY STAR, demonstrate your commitment to corporate social responsibility, and even increase employee satisfaction among your staff. To sign up, simply click on "Become a Pledge Driver" on the campaign website at www.energystar.gov/changetheworld. You can also view other helpful resources and links on this website to see what others are doing around the country to save energy.
EPA would like to thank all of the current pledge drivers for their involvement with this important effort. To see a list of participants, visit www.energystar.gov/pledgedrivers
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Product Development Update
For more information about the following specification revision updates, please visit the ENERGY STAR Product Development website at: www.energystar.gov/revisedspecs.
The ENERGY STAR Draft 3 Version 2.0 Commercial Dishwashers specification was released on September 1, 2011. Changes to the previous Draft 2 version include new performance levels for flight type machines and several clarifications to the definitions and water consumption calculations used to qualify models. EPA appreciates the feedback received so far and encourages stakeholders to submit comments by October 7, 2011. EPA will host a stakeholder webinar on October 18 to discuss the Draft 3 proposal. To participate in the discussion, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commercial Ice Machines
EPA released the Draft 2 Version 2.0 Commercial Ice Machines specification on August 22, 2011. This specification revision began in April 2011 to consider the inclusion of air-cooled flake and nugget machines. The Draft 2 specification also proposes new levels for air-cooled batch type machines. EPA hosted a stakeholder webinar on September 21 to discuss feedback on the proposal. EPA plans to release another draft version for review and comment within the next 1-2 months.
In October, EPA plans to launch an effort to expand the scope of the Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR Commercial Oven specification to include combination ovens. During the revision process, stakeholders will also have an opportunity to suggest additional clarifications or enhancements to the specification, as necessary.
Stakeholders with questions or comments on
CFS product development can contact Christopher Kent, EPA, at (202) 343-9046 or email@example.com or Rebecca Duff, ICF International, at (434) 202-7875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third-Party Certification Update
All fryers listed on the ENERGY STAR Commercial Fryers Qualified Product List are now third-party certified (given the August 1, 2011 effective date of the Version 2.0 specification). Partners have been asked to remove all ENERGY STAR labeling from newly manufactured models that are no longer listed. Similarly, ENERGY STAR qualified commercial hot food holding cabinets must be third-party certified by October 1, 2011 to remain qualified after that date.
Please direct any questions regarding third-party certification processes to Certification@energystar.gov.
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Application Available for Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability Grant
The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS) is accepting applications for its $5,000 grant that honors the most innovative and best-executed food service or grocery sustainability project of the year. Now in its fifth year, the HCFS grant is designed to promote leadership in sustainability best-practices. Many different types of organizations may apply, including those from corporate dining, K-12 education and higher education, healthcare, lodging and casinos, and restaurant sectors.
Hobart encourages applicants to provide descriptions of specific foodservice equipment used to achieve sustainability goals, including ENERGY STAR qualified equipment. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012 and the HCFS grant recipient will be announced at the 2012 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago, IL (May 5-8, 2012). For more information, visit www.sustainablefoodequipment.com/.
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Look for the next Commercial Food Service Newsletter in December!