Energy Savings Account (ESA) Pilot Program

The ESA pilot program allows certain business customers to opt out of Efficiency Vermont services, including downstream and midstream rebate programs.

What is the ESA?

The Energy Savings Account (ESA) pilot program is available to customers that meet specific criteria. Customers that apply and are selected as participants in the ESA pilot program are able to use up to 100% of their electric Energy Efficiency Charge over the pilot’s three-year length (ending June 30, 2022) to pay for the full cost of eligible projects; technical assistance; and evaluation, measurement, and verification. The ESA pilot program was established under Vermont’s 2018 Act 150, and further clarified through Public Utility Commission Case No. 19-0302-INV.

Those customers that are chosen to participate in the ESA pilot program have elected to opt out of participating in other statewide efficiency programs and services, such as those provided by Efficiency Vermont—including all downstream and midstream rebate programs.

Which Customers Have Been Accepted as Participants in the ESA?

  • Chroma Technology—Bellows Falls
  • Collins Aerospace—Vergennes
  • Ethan Allen Operations, Inc.—Beecher Falls, Orleans
  • Jay Peak—Jay
  • Killington Pico Ski Resort—Killington
  • Mack Molding Company—Arlington, East Cavendish, Pownal
  • Weidmann Electrical Technology—St. Johnsbury
  • WestRock Converting, LLC—Sheldon Springs
  • The Vail Corporation—Stowe (Stowe Mountain Resort), Ludlow (Okemo Mountain Resort)

What Does This Mean for Supply Chain Partners?

Businesses that have opted in to the ESA pilot program are not eligible to receive incentives, rebates, or other products or services through Efficiency Vermont programs, because they have been afforded flexibility to invest their Energy Efficiency Charge contribution in other ways.

However, it’s possible that not all employees of ESA participant organizations are aware of their ineligibility for Efficiency Vermont programs and services. If an ESA participant requests an Efficiency Vermont rebate or other service, supply chain partners should let them know that they are not eligible, and they can e-mail [email protected] with any questions.

If an ESA participant has mistakenly received an Efficiency Vermont rebate or other service, please e-mail [email protected] to inform Efficiency Vermont, and provide any available documentation (such as a copy of an invoice or receipt). Efficiency Vermont will follow up directly with the ESA participant to collect reimbursement and resolve the matter; supply chain partners will not be expected to undertake this communication.

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