What is recommissioning?
Recommissioning (RCx, also referred to as retro-commissioning) is a
systematic process designed to optimize the energy-efficient
performance of equipment or facilities by identifying and correcting
What types of measures qualify?
The measure must be a recommissioning measure—i.e. a repair or
adjustment of energy-using equipment and building systems or
reprogramming of controls. Examples include compressed air system
tune-up, implementation of an excess O2 control on a boiler,
compressed air leak repair, steam leak repair, insulation replacement,
furnace cleaning, and process system optimization.
What is unique about the Industrial
Recommissioning Program (IRCx)?
Like some other programs, IRCx helps identify system deficiencies
through a no-cost audit; but IRCx financial incentives are paid for
repairs and optimization (not retrofits).
Further, IRCx requires, and pays an incentive for, measures that
will sustain the results of recommissioning via proactive, preventive
maintenance. The required preventive maintenance plan can consist of
A computerized maintenance management
system (CMMS), which can track your preventive maintenance inspections
and jobs, issue work orders to in-house or outsourced staff, track
equipment specifications and energy consumption, assist in inventory
control, and assist in managing permits and records, or
A one- to three-year contract with a
preventive maintenance contractor
Doesn’t PG&E already have a
Retro-Commissioning Program? Can I participate in both?
You can receive an incentive for recommissioning measures through
only one of these programs. PG&E’s Core Retro-Commissioning Program
focuses on building systems (lighting, HVAC). IRCx is exclusively for
industrial energy users and focuses on industrial process equipment.
How does IRCx differ from retrofit
IRCx will not pay an incentive for replacing equipment (with the
exception of insulation). Rather it focuses on avoiding substantial
energy losses and unscheduled downtime (with their attendant costs) by
bringing your existing equipment up to its optimum operating condition.
Recommissioning measures are typically no cost (beyond your labor) or
If, during the preliminary audit, we identify equipment that is a
good candidate for a retrofit, we will bring it to your attention and,
if you wish, refer the project to the appropriate PG&E program.
Who is eligible for the program?
With few exceptions, industrial businesses that receive gas or
electric service from PG&E and pay the Public Goods Charge or
Public Purpose Program Surcharge can participate. Contact
IRCx or your PG&E account representative to confirm eligibility.
Is there a charge for either the
preliminary or the detailed audit?
No. Both audits are free.
Is a third-party maintenance
contract or a CMMS required?
Yes. To receive any incentive under the IRCx program you must either
implement an in-house proactive maintenance program, utilizing a
computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), or enter into a one- to
three-year contract with a preventive maintenance contractor of your
What does a CMMS do?
A CMMS is a computer database and tracking system that can track
your preventive maintenance inspections and jobs, issue work orders to
in-house or outsourced staff, track equipment specifications and energy
consumption, assist in inventory control, and assist in managing
permits and records.
A CMMS requires dedicated in-house personnel to take charge of
operating the system.
What CMMS systems qualify for the
Several off-the-shelf systems are on the market. No particular brand
is required to qualify for an incentive.
Is there a cap on IRCx incentives?
Yes. Incentive payments are capped at 50% of the total eligible
project costs. Project costs are the costs of making the agreed-upon
improvements in operations and maintenance, including either the cost
of a purchased and installed CMMS or the upfront cost of a multi-year
maintenance contract. Contact the IRCx Program
Manager for details.
Is IRCx a PG&E program?
IRCx is a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) third-party
program implemented by Nexant, Inc.
The program is funded by California
utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public
How do I apply?
Contact the IRCx Program Manager, Milena Usabiaga, at (415) 369-1024 or email@example.com. Click here to download the application.
When are applications due?
The program is receiving applications now. Incentives are available
on a first-come, first-served basis until allocated fund are depleted
or October 31, 2014, whichever is earlier. All project installations
must be completed and in operation and the Installation Report
submitted to Nexant before December 1, 2012.
Who is Nexant?
Nexant is a consulting firm providing energy management services to
businesses, utilities, and public agencies. Our expertise in energy
efficiency, resource management, economic and financial analysis, and
greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction potential has been demonstrated in
hundreds of projects for large commercial and industrial facilities.
We have recommissioned buildings and equipment for eleven
utility-sponsored programs around the U.S., working with all
types of energy users, from city-sized refiners of petroleum products
to small assembly plants.
Nexant is an independent company with no connection to any equipment
manufacturer, ESCO, contractor, or maintenance provider. For more
information, visit www.nexant.com.
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