Only audits completed by auditors meeting the following criteria will qualify for the audit rebate:
- Energy audits may be offered by qualified individuals or firms.
- Firms offering energy audits must provide documentation of the qualifications of the individual performing the audit.
- All individuals who perform energy audits must be certified by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), or have a Professional Engineer's license in the state where energy auditing services are offered, or both. Minnesota Energy Resources may, at its sole discretion, consider alternative certifications. Auditors should also indicate any special training or qualifications related to energy efficiency.
- Auditors must indicate any limitations or restrictions in their scope of services.
- Auditors must disclose if they have any affiliations with equipment manufacturers, vendors, distributors, installation contractors, or energy services contractors (ESCOs).
Energy audits must include the following information in order to qualify for a rebate:
- Name and address of the facility, natural gas utility account numbers, customer contact information, and the date of the audit.
- Auditor's name, contact information and proof of certification as a Certified Energy Manager and/or Minnesota Professional Engineers license number. Other certifications may be included as applicable. Auditors must include a disclosure if they have any affiliations with equipment manufacturers, vendors, distributors, installation contractors, or energy services contractors (ESCOs).
- A summary of the client's annual energy consumption by month.
- A description of the facility, including square footage, building envelope, major energy consuming equipment, hours of operation, number of occupants, and a description of what is done in the facility.
- A summary of important findings along with any supporting data, measurements, drawings, etc.
- A list of recommendations for increasing energy efficiency which may include equipment replacement and upgrades, improved maintenance practices, operational changes, and waste minimization.
- Estimated capital costs and annual energy savings for each recommended energy efficiency measure.