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FAQs

What is recommissioning?
What types of measures qualify?
What is unique about the Industrial Recommissioning Program (IRCx)?
Doesn’t PG&E already have a Retro-Commissioning Program?
How does IRCx differ from retrofit programs?
Who is eligible for the program?
Is there a charge for either the preliminary or the detailed audit?
Is a third-party maintenance contract required?
What does a CMMS do?
What CMMS systems qualify for the incentive?
Is there a cap on IRCx incentives?
Is IRCx a PG&E program?
How do I apply?
When are applications due?
Who is Nexant?

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 operational deficiencies.

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 either:

*           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 programs?

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 low cost.

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 choice.

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 incentive?

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 Utilities Commission.

How do I apply?

Contact the IRCx Program Manager, Milena Usabiaga, at (415) 369-1024 or musabiaga@nexant.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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