Act On Energy has said that a $10.5m incentive budget will be available for business energy efficiency projects completed between June 1, 2010, through May 31, 2011.

The program will help fund projects that are expected to produce annual electric energy savings of 115 million kilowatt-hours, an amount equal to the electricity used by about 10,600 homes.

Beginning on June 1, Act On Energy is being expanded to include three new business programs. The first covers commercial kitchen equipment, including heating cabinets, freezers, griddles and steamers.

Another new program is aimed at grain and livestock farmers. Incentives are also available for lighting upgrades, livestock waterers and high-efficiency equipment as circulation fans, water heaters and exhaust fans.

The third new program is designed for motels and hotels. This new lodging initiative provides incentives for guest room energy management systems, water heaters, lighting upgrades, high-efficiency ice makers, air conditioning and heating tune-ups and other measures.

In addition to these new business programs, Act On Energy said that it continues to offer incentives for lighting, refrigeration, motor systems, HVAC systems, retro commissioning, multi-family buildings and E-Smart thermostats.

There also is the Small Business Online Store, small business commercial kitchens program, grocery/convenience store incentives and custom incentives. In addition to the business programs, Act On Energy offers incentives and rebates to residential customers.