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Information for IPL's commercial and industrial customers.                    September 2017

Eiteljorg Museum converts to energy-efficient LED lighting

Eiteljorg museum lights Eiteljorg Museum lights 2

When LaMarr Easter took on the role of Vice President of Operations at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, he wanted to make the museum’s energy efficiency a high priority. Unfortunately, there was very little wiggle room in the budget to take on such a large task. So, Easter decided to start small.

Taking advantage of Indianapolis Power & Light Company’s (IPL) Business Energy Incentive Program, the Eiteljorg started buying LED light bulbs at a reduced cost and installing them in the museum’s event spaces and in the gift shop. The resulting energy savings were almost immediate and led to investments in LED troffer lighting throughout the art galleries. To date, 95 percent of the museum’s lighting has been upgraded to LEDs.

The switch led to a drop in Eiteljorg’s maintenance costs and provided common spaces with a brighter, more welcoming feel. This early success gave Easter the results he needed to push the Eiteljorg’s efficiency initiative further. He reached out to IPL and the Industrial Assessment Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for a no-cost Energy Audit.

The resulting report revealed an opportunity to upgrade the museum’s HVAC system controls. Now, the Eiteljorg can maintain and balance the optimal 70°F and 50 percent humidity necessary to preserve the artwork while also regulating non-gallery spaces through an online portal.

“The program was very easy to use. Contractors were very knowledgeable about energy efficiency and made project installation easy by helping with product specification, installing during non-operating hours at no extra charge and following up to ensure the post-project results met our expectations,” said Easter.

Since the upgrades began in mid-2016, the Eiteljorg Museum has reduced electricity consumption by over 900,000 kWh and received nearly $60,000 in rebates to help implement, and exceed, Easter’s goals. With yearly projected savings of over $74,000, the Eiteljorg’s investment will pay off very quickly.

To discover how your business can benefit from these programs, visit IPLpower.com/business_energy_incentives, or contact your IPL Account Manager.

IPL, City of Indianapolis announce innovative street lights conversion plan

LED street lights

IPL understands how street lights can provide enhanced safety and quality of life for residents. Thanks to a financial contribution from the City of Indianapolis to cover up front installation costs, IPL and the City recently submitted an agreement for approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) in which IPL will retrofit more than 27,000 old, inefficient street lights to light-emitting diode (LED) technology. The City’s up-front contribution will facilitate a net annual bill savings for street lighting service and provide flexibility for adding street lights in the future. The partnership provides for the largest LED street light conversion in Indiana and will benefit the City and its residents with reduced energy usage and longer fixture life.

Through this agreement, IPL and the City have developed a long-term street lighting strategy. Both parties are committed to embracing new technologies that benefit the quality of life for residents and long-term sustainability of the community.

IPL President & CEO Rafael Sanchez also shared findings of a street light study commissioned by the utility to help all municipalities within IPL’s service territory to determine optimal placement of new street lights.

“This is a major transformation for our city and IPL wants to ensure that all neighborhoods and communities benefit from the advantages that sufficient lighting can provide, such as greater safety and an improved quality of life,” said Sanchez. “By securing the agreement with the City and completing the street light study, we are making significant strides and tremendous progress toward a brighter, more efficient future for everyone we serve.”

The street light study, conducted by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute (PPI), identified the most useful metrics recognized by elected and appointed officials, neighborhood leaders and civic executives, including crime, pedestrian traffic, populations with disabilities, and households with limited access to vehicles.

Subject to IURC and City-County Council approval, IPL and the City anticipate the three-year street light conversion project will begin in the first part of 2018.

Develop Indy: Focused on the community

Develop Indy

Develop Indy exists to connect entrepreneurs to the resources needed to start and grow their business. Through attraction, retention, and expansion efforts, Develop Indy is focused on the people, communities and businesses that make up the economic landscape in Marion County.

One way that Develop Indy supports local businesses is through their business retention efforts, led by their Business Retention Program Manager, Tom Hellmich.

“Whether you’re expanding, seeking to fill specialized positions, broadening your network, or relocating to Indianapolis/Marion County, I can help get your business connected to the right resources to keep you profitable and growing,” explains Hellmich.

Supporting Marion County businesses, the Develop Indy team provides connections, incentives, and abatements in coordination with the City of Indianapolis. From accelerating startup to a thriving business, Develop Indy recognizes the importance of innovative businesses in the overall economic development of the city and fosters their growth.

Develop Indy is an independent business unit of the Indy Chamber; however membership is not required to utilize their free services.

To explore further, you may reach Tom at 317.464.2216 or thellmich@indychamber.com. To learn more about Develop Indy, visit developindy.com.

Keep employees safe around power lines

IPL reminds all people who operate cranes, booms and hoists, including power shovels, elevators and conveyors, to be extremely careful around power lines. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) regulations specify safe distances from power lines on the basis of voltage. IPL recommends you maintain at least the following minimum clearances:

Kilovolt (kV) Working Clearance
Up to 50kV 10 feet
138 kV 15 feet
345kV 22 feet

It is against OSHA regulations to operate a crane or hoist so that any part of the equipment or the load is closer to an electric line than OSHA regulations specify. In order to work closer to electric lines than OSHA regulations specify, you must contact IPL at 317.261.8111 before proceeding. The line must be covered or de-energized and visibly grounded at the point of work.

For help in determining electrical line voltages, proper clearances and safety precautions, contact IPL at 317.261.8111. If possible, please call a few days in advance.

FAC, ECR, DSM, Green Power, CAP and OSS

 

FAC 116

ECR 29

DSM 15

Green Power 10

CAP 1

OSS 1

RTO

RATE

Effective Sep 2017 through Nov 2017 Billing Cycles

Effective Sep 2017 through Aug 2017 Billing Cycles

Effective Jul 2017 through Dec 2017 Billing Cycles

Effective Sep 2017 through Jul 2018 Billing Cycles

Effective Jun 2017 through May 2018 Billing Cycles

Effective Jun 2017 through May 2018 Billing Cycles

Effective Oct 2016 through Sept 2017 Billing Cycles

SS

0.003945

0.007152

0.005164

0.001900

0.000489

0.000204

0.001092

SH

0.003945

0.007152

0.005164

0.001900

0.000489

0.000204

0.001092

SL

0.003945

0.006567

0.004932

0.001900

0.000444

0.000184

0.000999

PL

0.003945

0.007394

0.004932

0.001900

0.000444

0.000184

0.000999

PH

0.003945

0.006567

0.004932

0.001900

0.000444

0.000184

0.000999

HL

0.003945

0.006195

0.004932

0.001900

0.000398

0.000165

0.000831



Additional trackers for DSM 15, effective Jul 2017 through Dec 2017: SSO and SHO are $0.000000 per kwh. SS5 and SH5 are $0.000000 per kwh. SS6 and SH6 are $0.001237 per kwh. SLO, PLO, PHO and HLO are $0.000000 per kwh. SL5, PL5, PH5 and HL5 are $0.000000 per kwh. SL6, PL6, PH6, and HL6 are $0.000843 per kwh. SL7, PL7, PH7, and HL7 are $0.002870 per kwh. SS7 and SH7 are $0.003017 per kwh.