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Indiana Office of Energy Development

OED > Energy Efficiency Overview > Commercial and Industrial Efficiency Commercial and Industrial Efficiency

Background

Indiana has an energy intensive private sector due to its strong manufacturing base - energy use in Indiana's commercial and industrial sectors accounts for 66.5% of Indiana's energy consumption. With the rise of energy costs over time, many businesses see the value in becoming more energy efficient so that they can use less energy but still produce the same amount of high quality products. Undergoing an energy audit is a good first step to increasing a facility's energy efficiency, and many utilities and Energizing Indiana offer rebates so that businesses can start saving money and energy even faster.

Energy Audits and Efficiency Training

  • The IUPUI Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) offers free energy assessments to qualified small- and medium-sized industrial facilities that are located within 150 miles of IUPUI. For more information, please visit IUPUI IAC's website.
  • Many Indiana utilities have their own energy audit programs for commercial and industrial customers.
  • The Purdue University Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) helps companies develop energy management practices through workshops, on-site training, and consulting services. You can learn more about Purdue MEP's energy efficiency services here.

ENERGY STAR Management and Benchmarking Tools

Benchmarking enables building operators to track energy performance, identify energy efficiency opportunities, and verify energy and cost savings. ENERGY STAR scores several building types on a scale of 1 - 100 so that they can be evaluated against the energy performance of other similar facilities. A score of 50 represents median energy performance, while a score of 75 means a building is a top energy performer and may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification! See who is an ENERGY STAR Partner or Leader in Indiana! The following tools allow commercial and industrial facilities to discover and improve their Energy Star score:

Commercial Buildings:

  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a free tool that allows you to track energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings.. Portfolio Manager uses an automated benchmarking tool that can award Energy Star certification to buildings that have uploaded 12 months of consecutive energy usage data and received scores of 75 or above.  
  • Target Finder helps predict the 1- 100 ENERGY STAR score of new construction. Enter the estimated energy use of your commercial building design, and this tool will tell you its projected ENERGY STAR score on a scale of 1 - 100. In reverse, you can also pick a goal — either an ENERGY STAR score or an energy reduction target — and it’ll tell you what annual energy use to aim for. You can learn more here.
Industrial Facilities:

  • Energy Performance Indicators (EPIs) are industry-specific benchmarking tools that score a plant’s energy performance and compare it to that of similar plants in its industry. Example industries include automobile assembly and cement manufacturing.
  • Industrial Energy Tracking Toolallows facilities to track energy performance over time.

Utility Rebates for Energy Efficiency

Other Financial Incentives for Energy Efficiency:

  • Energizing Indiana efficiency rebates are available to customers in the following utility service territories: Duke Energy, I&M, IMPA, IPL, NIPSCO, and Vectren.
  • The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants and loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in rural communities and on farms. Contact your local USDA office for more information.
  • Indianapolis BetterBuildings Near Eastside Neighborhood Sweeps: Businesses and non-profits in the Near Eastside of Indianapolis can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 for energy efficiency upgrades.
  • The 179D Federal Tax Deduction for energy efficiency improvements to commercial buildings expires December 31, 2013. You can learn more about this tax deduction and a tool to document your eligibility for this tax deduction here.