We are in the seventh year of implementing our plan to help customers better manage their energy use and costs. This plan includes corporate and regulatory initiatives such as electric vehicles and incentive-based Demand Side Management (DSM) programs, and is helping the regions we serve move toward a more sustainable energy future. To implement the plan, we operate energy efficiency programs and campaigns and engage in partnerships with retailers and energy efficiency service providers. These partnerships provide customers direct access to information and incentives to help them save money, save energy and reduce environmental impacts.
In 2013, our Energy Wise Rewards program offered Web-programmable thermostats or outdoor switches−both direct load control devices−in Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the District of Columbia. These devices permit the company to remotely control residential central air conditioning compressors for short periods of time during high energy-use periods.
We operated a legacy direct load control program, Energy for Tomorrow, in Delaware; we discontinued the program in Maryland in 2013. We continued to operate the Peak Savers Club in New Jersey.
In Maryland, Delmarva Power and Pepco offered a suite of residential energy efficiency programs that supported the statewide EmPOWER Maryland initiative to reduce electric consumption and demand. In 2013, we enhanced certain residential programs to encourage program participation by our customers, and filed requests with the regulatory agency to increase rebate incentives for specific program measures. Major programs offered included:
Delmarva Power and Pepco offered commercial and industrial customers in Maryland a suite of energy efficiency programs through the EmPOWER Maryland program. Major initiatives included the Existing Buildings program, which provides pre-defined cash incentives for the installation of energy efficiency measures on lighting, lighting controls, commercial refrigeration and kitchen equipment. The Custom Incentive program provides incentives for other efficiency measures, systems and technologies based on projected annual energy savings. The program also offers incentives for building operators to receive training on building system operations and maintenance.
The New Construction program provides incentives for energy efficient building design and installation of efficient technologies and systems. The Small Business Customer program offers a simple energy audit; installation of low-cost, energy-saving measures; and enhanced incentives that pay up to 90 percent of the installed cost of an energy-efficiency project. The Master-Metered Multi Family Buildings program offers incentives for the purchase of ENERGY STAR® appliances, energy efficiency measures for common areas and a Quick Home Energy Checkup.
In 2013, the Small Business Customer program was enhanced in the Pepco territory with the Small Business Energy Advance. This enables participating customers to repay their portion of the cost of an energy efficiency project through monthly installments on their electric bill, with no interest, in terms of up to 24 months.
The Combined Heat and Power program offers up to $2 million in incentives for the installation of electricity generating plants capable of producing useful heat that can be distributed through a facility.