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Get a FREE EMS ($870 value), Reduce Energy Use and Earn Bill Credits

IM Power Rewards: Work AC pays you for reducing your business’s energy use when energy demand is high. We install a FREE Pelican Wireless Energy Management System (EMS), valued at $870. During Peak Energy Events, we will make small adjustments to a pre-identified air conditioner to reduce demand on the energy grid. Your business can earn bill credits for every event.

The Pelican Wireless Energy Management System (EMS), will help your business save year-round. An EMS can reduce your business’s lighting and HVAC energy use by 35% or more a year. Since HVAC accounts for 35% and lighting 11% of a building’s energy use—the savings could be significant.

Shifting energy use away from high demand periods allows us to rely on more renewable energy sources during peak times. This helps keep prices more affordable for you, your customers and our community, plus helps the environment by reducing our carbon footprint.

Get Bill Credits this Summer

When energy use is high, on really hot and humid days, I&M will hold a Peak Energy Use Event. During the event, we will send a signal to your new Pelican EMS to cycle a pre-identified AC compressor to reduce the high-energy demand on the electrical grid. The central AC fans will continue to circulate air throughout your building. This will affect the temperature of pre-identified areas of your building by a few degrees, with minimal impact on comfort. You can easily opt out of an event at any time, for any reason. Once the typical 2-3 hours event is over, the device will trigger your AC systems to automatically resume operation and adjust the temperature to the normal setting and schedule.

You will earn $1.95 per event*. With up to 15 events per summer, the savings can add up! And you probably won’t even notice an event is taking place.

It’s Easy! Here’s How It Works

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Get Connected

After you sign up, an I&M authorized contractor will perform an on-site audit of your business to identify areas that have less energy demand during peak times – and then determine the optimal AC configuration. We will then install – for NO COST– a Pelican Wireless Energy Management system.

Prior to an event, we will post a “Peak Energy Use Event” alert on our web site letting you know when the event will start and stop.

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Reduce Energy Use

During an event, the pre-identified A/C compressors will cycle to reduce the high energy demand on the electrical grid. Your central AC fans will continue to circulate air throughout your business during the typical 2-3 hour event. Once the event is over, the device will trigger your AC system to automatically resume operation and adjust the temperature to your normal setting and schedule.

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Earn Bill Credits

You earn a $1.95 bill credit per event.

Enroll Now to Start Saving

Contact Us

Please email us or call 800-311-4634.

FAQs

Q:

What are the rules / qualifications?

A:

  • Must be an I&M commercial customer in Michigan
  • Have a maximum of 40 kW in monthly peak demand usage
  • Have a Smart Meter
  • Have broadband internet service
  • Have central air conditioning. No heat pumps.

Q:

How will I know that an event is in progress?

A:

Prior to a Peak Energy Use Event, we will post a “Peak Energy Use Event” Alert on our web sites letting you know when the event will start and stop.

Q:

When do events occur?

A:

Events typically occur on especially hot and humid days. They are held weekdays from May through September and typically last 2-3 hours, but will not last longer than 6 hours. There are a maximum of 15 events per summer.

Q:

What is the bill credit for participating in an event? When will I receive it?

A:

You can earn $1.95 for each HVAC unit that participates in an event. Since this is a pilot program, the process to provide monthly bill credits is still in development. You will receive your total reward by year-end 2021.

Q:

Can I opt out of an event?

A:

You can opt out of an event overriding the temperature on your Pelican thermostat. If you opt out of the event, you will not receive bill credits.

Q:

Is the program voluntary? How long is my commitment?

A:

IM Power Rewards: Work AC is voluntary, but we request participation through October 2022.

Q:

Will I notice a temperature change during events?

A:

Most customers report a small change in temperature with minimal impact to comfort. The potential temperature change during events depends on a variety of factors, including the temperature outside, the business’s insulation, if blinds/curtains are closed.

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What is a Pelican Wireless System?

A:

The Pelican solution is designed specifically for commercial buildings. With Pelican’s powerful hardware, innovative wireless mesh network and web based management tool, you have everything you need to increase comfort, save time, reduce energy costs and work more efficiently from anywhere. You can easily adjust thermostat schedules, manage temperatures in building spaces, reduce inefficiencies, eliminate complaints, and so much more. Pelican simplifies building management, which frees up more time to spend growing your business. See how a Pelican Wireless System works.

Q:

Is there a cost for the device? Can I keep it after the pilot?

A:

There is no charge for the Pelican Wireless Energy Management system or the installation. After the pilot, you may keep the system and continue to save.

Q:

Since this is a pilot, will there be a survey?

A:

After the IM Power Rewards: Home AC pilot is complete, an I&M vendor (ADM Associates) may call or email you to ask for your opinion about the pilot and verify your energy savings.

Q:

How do I know if I have a Smart Meter? 

A:

Smart Meters (AMI) have a blue label while standard meters have a red label.

Q:

What are the Terms & Conditions?

A:

The Customer Agreement can be found here.

Q:

How do I unenroll from IM Power Rewards: Work AC?

A:

You must remain in the program until October 2022. If you want to unenroll at that time, send an email requesting to end your participation in the IM Power Rewards: Work AC program. Once you unenroll, you will not receive bill credits.

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*During Peak Energy Use events, exercise discretion and consider health impacts when reducing energy use. Your actual savings will vary, so there is no guarantee of savings.

Product offerings and rebates are subject to change without notice. See the specific rebate application for Terms & Conditions.