The Nebraska Public Power District has a green solution for residential customers seeing red over the phaseout of traditional incandescent light bulbs: a $5-per-bulb incentive for customers who purchase certain LED replacement bulbs.
MidAmerican Energy works with retailers on a similar program. The Omaha Public Power District doesn't have one, though it's being talked about.
NPPD, which serves about 80 Nebraska communities, has allocated $100,000 to offer a $5 account credit to residential customers who purchase 60-, 75- or 100-watt-equivalent LED light bulbs. NPPD will give each customer up to 10 credits as long as the bulbs are Energy Star-certified.
Company spokeswoman Jeanne Schieffer said the program could expand if demand calls for it.
“If we get a big influx of customers that want to take advantage of the program, we will allocate resources from other places,” Schieffer said.
An application is available at www.nppd.com and must be accompanied by a sales receipt dated within 90 days of the application. The program will last through 2014.
Iowa customers of MidAmerican Energy also enjoy discounted prices from retailers like Menards, Hy-Vee and Dollar General for Energy Star-certified LEDs and compact fluorescent lamps, also known as CFLs.
MidAmerican Energy, which is owned by Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway, is one of many Iowa utilities participating in the Be Bright program, which allows retailers to buy certain bulbs at a discounted rate and then pass along savings to customers.
Be Bright discounts at Menards in Lake Manawa were as much as $12 off an LED bulb that normally retails for $29.
Regarding energy-efficient light bulbs, OPPD has not had a comparable incentive program for residential customers for “a couple years,” spokesman Mike Jones said.
“We've discussed it before and are discussing it now, but no plans have been made,” he said.