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UGI offers rebates to commercial, industrial customers

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UGI commercial and industrial customers are being offered financial incentives to convert to natural gas or install more energy-efficient appliances, ranging from boilers to kitchen fryers, under a new program introduced by the Reading-based utility company.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved UGI’s five-year, $2.7 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program when the commission approved UGI Utility Inc.’s request to raise gas rates 10 percent last year.

The program, also available to residential customers, is intended to encourage customers to reduce energy consumption and costs.

Some of the rebates to commercial customers include: $2/MBh [thousand British thermal units per hour] for gas customers who install a high-efficiency commercial boiler, with a potential $2,000 bonus for the highest efficiencies; $4 MBh for an Energy Star-rated commercial water heater; up to $1,900 for an Energy Star-rated commercial kitchen fryer; $600 rebate for an Energy Star-rated commercial steam cooker in a kitchen; $50 rebate for a WaterSense-rated pre-rinse spray valve in a dishwashing area; $1/MBh rebate for a 90+ annual fuel utilization efficiency warm-air unit heater; and a $250 rebate for a steam trap.

“We believe our gas division EE&C program has the potential to reach a significant number of customers interested in becoming more energy-efficient,” Brian Meilinger, manager of energy efficiency and conservation at UGI, said in a statement.

UGI’s rebate program is among the few offered by natural gas distribution companies in Pennsylvania, according to the PUC.

UGI Utilities Inc. gas division serves 379,000 customers in 16 eastern and southcentral Pennsylvania.

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