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Educational Facilities Program

Program Description

Oncor's Educational Facilities Program was created to provide viable energy efficiency and demand side reduction solutions for private and public schools K-12, charter schools, colleges and universities located within Oncor's service area.

Oncor's Educational Facilities Program helps organizations minimize the impact of volatile energy costs, ease budget pressures through energy savings and incentives, and provides suggested infrastructure improvements to provide optimum learning environments for students all at no cost to the participating school.

The program also helps educate organizations on energy management, bridges the gap in communication between energy managers and finance officials to help initiate greater investment in energy efficiency opportunities, and provides technical and communications assistance to evaluate opportunities and publicize successes. The program works to transform how organizations think and act toward energy use.

Services of the Program

  • Analyze electric, natural gas, and other utility data for the School Partner and deliver a Benchmarking Report for the school facilities
  • Help develop an Energy Master Plan that outlines administrative and financial decision-making criteria for energy efficiency improvements, installation of energy efficiency measures, and maintenance and operation procedures in order to succeed in implementing a cost-effective energy program in a timely manner
  • Identify and assess capital-intensive energy projects which will produce energy cost savings
  • Provide financial incentives to buy down the capital cost of energy-efficient systems and to enable the School Partner to complete capital projects

Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements

  • All educational facilities located in Oncor's Service area and served by an Oncor electric meter are eligible to apply
  • Participating schools are asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding indicating their interest in participating

Qualifying Measures

The Program will consider a variety of energy efficiency measures. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Lighting: Replacing inefficient fluorescent fixtures.
  • Motors: Replacing standard efficiency motors with premium efficiency motors, including adding a variable frequency drive on the motor.
  • HVAC: Replacing air conditioning equipment with higher efficiency equipment.
  • Window Film: Installing energy-saving window film.
  • Roofing: Installing "cool roof" technology that reflects the sun's rays, reducing the HVAC load.

Incentives & Deemed Savings

Incentives are paid on a first come first served basis until the annual budget is exhausted. The goal of the program is to provide viable energy efficiency and demand reduction solutions for schools K-12, colleges and universities.

After an assessment, the Oncor Program Implementer will work with participating schools to identify areas of opportunity and to develop an Energy Master Plan insuring the best approach toward reducing energy costs.

Incentives are calculated using the deemed energy savings figures from the Texas Public Utilities Commission. Payment amounts vary with the size of the project.

Incentive Amounts

Vary between $87-$286 per kW and $0.02-$0.10 per kWh depending on measure type.

The Importance of Education in Energy Efficiency

According to a US Department of Energy study, the average school can save 30% on its energy bills through energy efficiency measures, freeing up funds for educational resources. In addition, energy efficient schools have improved lighting, increased comfort, superior acoustics, and better air quality, all of which are conducive to learning.

Contact Information for Participation

Please call Oncor's Educational Facilities Program Manager at 214-486-5886 or email john.hanel@oncor.com to learn more about this program and the Program Implementer available in your area.

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