Energy Conscious Blueprint

April 10, 2018

Dear Valued Business Customers & Vendor Partners,

Funds for UI’s nationally recognized energy efficiency programs are collected through a charge on UI customers' electric bills, and deliver $7 in benefits back to the Connecticut state economy for every dollar invested. This charge has supported a portfolio of programs and initiatives for Connecticut residents and businesses, and has provided valuable energy efficiency savings delivered through a network of highly qualified local companies.

Please be advised that in October of 2017, it was determined by Connecticut State Legislators that a large portion of funds allocated to the CT Energy Efficiency Fund will be diverted to offset the Connecticut state budget deficit over the next two years.

Because of this we have had to eliminate or reduce incentives across our program portfolio, and continue to work with regulators to determine how these constraints will impact programs for the remainder of 2018 and 2019. Please note that you will continue to receive this charge on your electric bills.

As a result of the diversion of state funds from this program, UI has extremely limited 2018 program budgets for its Energy Opportunities and Energy Conscious Blueprint programs. We currently have more requests for program incentives then available funding can support. We will approve those requests, and any additional requests as funding becomes available.

Our goal is to continue to serve customers to the best of our ability within these budget constraints. As program changes occur, we will provide further information to our customers on We continue to take applications to receive funding for 2019 projects.

If you have concerns regarding this recent change, we encourage you to contact your legislator. You can find your representative at:


Jane B Lano, Supervisor, Conservation & Load Management, United Illuminating


New Construction - Major Renovation - New / Replacement Equipment

This program is one of several innovative solutions offered by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, an Energize CT partner, and Connecticut’s regulated natural gas and electric utilities. The program is administered by Connecticut's utility companies.

Plan on Saving

Energy-efficiency measures are most effective when factored into the earliest phase of development – at the planning stage. The best time to be energy conscious is before the building goes up, the addition is added, or the equipment is purchased. By designing for efficiency, you can realize energy savings from the moment your facility is operational. In the past, businesses had to make difficult decisions – letting the budget dictate the level of technology or building advances used. The result was a lost opportunity. Now, with Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund support and its partnership with Connecticut’s regulated natural gas utilities, you have the financial assistance to enable you to determine your energy future and make decisions based on advanced technology and smart building practices.

Review the 2018 Project Caps & Incentives (PDF) for what is currently covered.

Who’s Eligible?

  • Commercial, industrial, or municipal customers of any size engaged in new construction, major renovations, tenant fit-outs, new equipment purchases or the replacement of existing equipment near the end of its useful lifetime.
  • SCG, CNG  or Eversource, customers purchasing natural gas on a firm commercial or industrial rate are eligible to participate in natural gas energy-saving measures.
  • UI customers are eligible to participate in electric energy-efficiency measures.

How Does the Program Work?

Utility company energy experts will work with your design team (architects, engineers and contractors) to identify energy-saving equipment and tactics for your consideration. You maintain complete control over your project.

  • The program uses an incentive strategy. When there is a choice between standard-efficiency equipment or building components, or a high-efficiency option that exceeds minimum building code requirements, the option is evaluated and a cash incentive is proposed to offset the higher costs typically associated with premium-efficiency products. For qualifying projects, these financial incentives can cover up to 100 percent of the incremental cost.
  • The program administrators will provide the general and technical support necessary, as determined by the size and complexity of the project, to prepare a Letter of Agreement (LOA), an up-front, monetary commitment which gets signed prior to you ordering your equipment.
  • The LOA will detail all the agreed upon energy-efficiency measures, the predicted energy savings, and the anticipated incentive dollar amount. At the end of the project, the measures are verified and your organization receives the incentive check. 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.

Sample Electric and Natural Gas Efficiency Equipment and Building Components.

Energy-Efficient HVAC

  • Natural gas furnaces, boilers and unit heaters
  • Natural gas radiant heaters
  • Steam traps
  • Boiler reset controls
  • Chillers
  • Rooftop or split-system AC equipment
  • Variable frequency drives (fans/pumps)
  • Differential enthalpy economizer controls
  • CO2 controls
  • Programmable thermostats

Energy-Efficient Water Heaters

  • Natural gas indirect water heaters
  • Natural gas on-demand tankless water heaters

Energy-Efficient Lighting

  • Lighting design
  • T5, T8, and “super T8” fluorescent fixtures
  • High performance, hard-wired compact fluorescent fixtures
  • Pulse-start metal halide fixtures
  • Daylight controls
  • Automatic dimming/occupancy sensors

 Energy-Efficient Motors

  • Premium motors and variable-speed drives
  • Energy-Efficient Building Envelopes
  • Windows

Energy-Efficient Refrigeration

  • Ammonia refrigeration systems
  • Mechanical subcoolers
  • Evaporator controls
  • Oversized condensers
  • High-speed cooler/freezer doors

Energy-Efficient Equipment

  • Plastic injection molding machines
  • Air compressors
  • Commercial kitchen cooking equipment including exhaust hoods, ranges and ovens
  • Natural gas-fired process ovens

For more information call 877.WISE.USE (877.947.3873).