Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Incentive Program

The NIPSCO Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Incentive Program has been designed to help NIPSCO qualifying large commercial, industrial, non-profit, governmental and institutional customers determine the energy performance of their facilities and identify energy savings opportunities by optimizing their existing systems. RCx projects will holistically examine energy consuming systems for cost-effective savings opportunities. The RCx process will identify operational inefficiencies that can be removed or reduced to yield energy savings.

Incentives will be calculated based on the estimated reduction in kilowatt hours (kWh) and/or therms from implementation of the energy efficiency project. Incentives will be paid out at $0.08/kWh reduced and $0.80/therm reduced.

NIPSCO’s commercial, industrial and non-profit energy efficiency programs are administered by Lockheed Martin, a third-party implementation specialist that helps businesses save energy.

What Type of Projects Qualify?

RCx incentives are designed to encourage the implementation of energy efficient measures that optimize components within existing systems. To qualify for an RCx incentive the simple payback for the project, based on all measures, must be less than 12 months. The project may contain some measures with a payback greater than or equal to 12 months which will be treated as Custom measures as described in the Custom Incentive Program. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2018 in order to be eligible for incentive.

Gas C&I bonus incentive

RCx Bonus!
For a limited time, we are offering qualifying natural gas customers the perfect opportunity to make energy efficiency upgrades to their building systems AND receive a bonus to their incentive!

Bonuses must be requested by October 10, 2017. Limited to first-come, first-served basis, until December 8, 2017 or funds are exhausted. All bonus projects require pre-approval. Bonus incentives must be requested upon application submittal. See Additional Requirements below for more information. Measures that qualify include:

Project type
Current Incentive Bonus Incentive (in addition to current incentive)
Custom (all Custom project eligible)
$0.80 $0.20
Retro-Commissioning $0.80 $0.20
New Construction


Additional Requirements:
Bonus will be paid to the recipient of the incentive check as indicated on the application and completion submittal. Installation and final completion paperwork must be received by December 8, 2017. All other regular program requirements remain. Absolutely no exceptions will be granted.

Who Qualifies?

Eligible NIPSCO customers include those currently billed under NIPSCO electric rates 720, 721, 722, 723, 724, 725, 726, 732, 733, 734, 741 or 744 and natural gas rates 421, 425 and 451 (NIPSCO’s DependaBill rate).

How to Apply

Step 1 – Review and Complete the Application

*Please note, incentive levels have been updated as of April 3, 2017.

Step 2 – Submit Completed Application with Study Proposal to
If electronic submission is not possible, the application and supporting documents can be faxed to 1- 800-304-4550.

Supporting Documentation Required:

  • Retro-Commissioning Study proposal including cost to perform the study and estimated savings
  • Tax Exempt Letter (if applicable)

Step 3 – Application Review
Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received. Study Proposals are processed for review within five business days of submission.

Step 4 –Study Approval
You will be notified that you can move forward with the retro-commissioning study.

Step 5 – Service Provider performs Retro-Commissioning Study / Submits to Program
Service Provider performs Study and sends to program at

If electronic submission is not possible, the application and supporting documents can be faxed to 800-304-4550.

 Step 6 –Study Review
Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received. Complete applications are processed for review within three business days of submission.

Step 7 – Project Approved, Incentive Offer Delivered
Incentive Offer must be signed and returned within 30 days of being issued.

Step 8 – Customer Signs and Returns Incentive Offer, Begins Project
Once the incentive offer is signed and returned, the customer is free to purchase and install the energy efficient equipment.

Step 9 –Delivery of Completion Form
Completion forms will be sent out approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the estimated completion date.

Step 10 – Project Installed, Customer Signs and Returns Completion Form
Customer must submit final invoices along with signed completion form noting any changes to the scope of work.

Step 11 –Final Review
Incentives are subject to change based on the final scope of work.

Step 12 – Receive Incentive Payment
Incentive checks typically arrive within 6-8 weeks.

Have Questions?

To speak with a program representative, call Lockheed Martin toll free at 1-800-299-2501 (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CST). Fax: 1-800-304-4550. Or find a Program Representative* in your area.

Trade Ally Information

Our Trade Allies can help you get started today! Trade Allies are suppliers, firms or contractors that are involved in the installation of high-efficiency equipment or systems and have been pre-approved by Lockheed Martin. Find a Trade Ally* for your project.

Interested in being a part of our Trade Ally Network? Complete and submit the Trade Ally Application*.

*Clicking on the above link takes the user to webpages operated and maintained by a third-party provider of energy efficiency and energy saving services not owned by or affiliated with NIPSCO. The link is provided as a convenience by NIPSCO, and NIPSCO does not make any representations or warranties regarding the security of the website or the provision of goods and services by the third party provider. NIPSCO disclaims any and all liability that may arise from the use of third party websites.