Facility Audits

Learn more about cash incentive programs that provide reimbursement for facility audits.

Facility Audit Incentive Program

The Facility Audit Incentive Program is offered to commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers of FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utilities (Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power). This Program is intended to encourage customers to acquire a detailed audit of industrial processes or systems or detailed ASHRAE Level 2 third party energy audit for their buildings. The Program provides financial support through incentives to customers who implement qualifying audit recommended energy efficiency prescriptive or custom measures.

Effective Dates

To qualify for audit incentives, audits must have been completed after June 1, 2016, and after receiving a formal pre-approval letter from the Program Administrator.

Pre‐Approval Requirements

All Facility Audit Incentive Program applications received by the program require pre-approval prior to the participant signing a contract with the audit service provider. Audits must be completed within three (3) months after receiving a formal pre-approval letter from the Program.

Program Incentives

Incentives are paid for the installation of qualifying audit-recommended measures that are incented through FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utilities' commercial and industrial (C&I) Energy Efficient Equipment Programs and not toward the actual cost of the audit. Qualifying audit-recommended measures must be implemented within 18 months of completing the audit or before May 31, 2021. Eligible participants will receive an incentive based on kWh saved, not to exceed 50 percent of the audit cost or $10,000, whichever is less, upon completion of the installation of qualifying audit recommended measures at the customers' facility. (A facility is defined as the building or set of buildings at a single service address, regardless of the number of unique utility accounts associated with the address).

Audit Program Guidelines

  • Studies must be provided by individuals or firms that are capable of performing comprehensive energy (ASHRAE Level II) audits that meet the program guidelines. The Lead Auditor must show that he or she has at least one of the following certifications: Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Association of Energy Engineers' Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), or LEED AP.
  • Audits of a single industrial process or system are eligible, but must involve the capture of data. A comprehensive facility energy audit will require that energy conservation measures (ECMs) from at least three major end use areas be evaluated. Note: studies involving single ECMs of non industrial processes, will not be eligible for energy audit incentives (e.g., lighting contractors providing an energy audit as part of a lighting proposal).
  • Facility audits should be sufficiently detailed to meet ASHRAE Level II audit standard.
  • Audits must be pre-approved; associated reports that do not meet program guidelines set forth in this application form or are deemed unacceptable by the program technical reviewers are not eligible for incentives.
  • Audits must be itemized and break out the electric component; disbursement of audit funds are for electric portion only

Completed Energy Audit Format

Cover letter – Include the customer's name, the name and location of the facility being studied, date submitted and identity and contact information of the auditor.

Facility overview – Describe the energy audit report and its purpose. Include as many facility details as possible, such as:

  • Square footage
  • Age of the facility and all major additions/renovations
  • Overview of facility use
  • General construction (mass, steel framed wood framed, level of insulation, etc.)
  • General dimensions (building height, number of floors)
  • Hours of occupancy and /or number of shifts
  • Characterization of building usage
  • Description of the base systems (lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, process, etc.)

Executive summary section – Briefly describe the energy audit scope; provide a summary table of the recommended ECMs with the following columns:

  • Measure description
  • Measure life
  • Annual energy savings
  • Peak demand savings
  • Annual cost savings
  • Estimated installation cost by labor
  • Material and total cost
  • Potential incentive
  • Simple payback after incentive

Briefly describe the baseline, proposed equipment and operation for each ECM, highlighting major issues that impact energy use. Include a cost estimate to implement the ECM, based on standard estimating practices.

ECM or technology application section – Provide a detailed narrative description of each recommended ECM that clearly documents all key engineering assumptions made in analyzing each measure and describe the method of analysis. Provide a summary of the energy savings analysis and the results.

Any interactive effects, along with their benefits or disadvantages, should be considered. Where appropriate, describe the monitoring procedures conducted to determine energy usage and potential energy savings.

If a building simulation modeling program, such as DOE2, eQuest, or EnergyPlus was used, describe the input data used to screen each measure and all relevant output reports. Provide estimated cost information based on standard estimating practices. Include a summary table with installation costs, annual energy savings, peak demand savings, rated life of measure, potential incentives, and simple payback after the incentive.

How do I apply?

Step 1 – The participant should complete and submit a Facility Audit Incentive Business program application online and upload required documents through the application portal. The following documents are required for a pre-approval:

  • Audit proposal that describes the scope of the audit
  • Copy of utility bill to confirm account number and service address. If desired, the participant may obscure all cost and rate related information.

Step 2 – The program administrator will notify the applicant via email when the review is complete. Upon receipt of a Program pre-approval letter, participants may sign a contract with the audit service provider.

Step 3 – Once the audit is complete, the following final documentation should be submitted to the program administrator for review:

  • Copy of the completed audit report as described in the Completed Energy Audit Format section below
  • Completed letter of attestation
  • Final invoice for the energy audit