Retro-Commissioning Program

Retro-Commissioning Program

Reduce your operating costs while increasing system efficiency.

Managing your building’s energy use doesn’t have to be complicated. We work with you through the DTE Retro-Commissioning Program (RCx) to provide cost-effective, highly customized solutions based on your building’s specific needs. RCx offers valuable expertise and rebates to offset improvement costs, saving you energy and money.

The Retro-Commissioning Program consists of three tracks: a targeted Express Track, a more detailed Standard Track and a specialized Industrial Track. Our team will help you identify the track that’s best suited for you. Read the program overview.

Program Benefits

RCx can help you:

  • Lower your energy and maintenance spending.
  • Overcome building changes to create a more comfortable and productive work environment.
  • Reduce equipment wear and tear to maintain continued performance.

Connect with a program specialist.

You can also call (248) 430-5579 or email dtercx@esciences.us

Choose the track that’s best for your needs.

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Standard Track

We do a deep dive into your building’s systems, providing a detailed assessment with a DTE-funded retro-commissioning study (valued up to $80K!).

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Industrial Track

We provide a comprehensive building and process system evaluation (valued up to $80K!) to help identify opportunities to make your operations more efficient.

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Express Track

Our energy engineers work alongside you and a contractor of your choice (at no cost) to identify and target potential opportunities.

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Retro-Commissioning Program

Retro-Commissioning Program

Standard Track

Commercial and industrial DTE customers can save money, reduce operating costs and improve their building’s performance through the RCx Program. You’ll receive a detailed assessment of your building’s systems with an investigative retro-commissioning study fully funded by DTE Energy (an $80K value) and earn up to $60,000 in bonus rebates for exceeding minimum savings targets.

What does the Standard Track offer?

The RCx Standard Track looks for these optimization opportunities and more: 

  • Scheduling updates to ensure equipment and lighting are operating only when needed
  • Economizer controls
  • Supply air temperature and fan speed
  • Chiller and boiler operations to match building load conditions
  • Process cooling and heating

Connect with a program specialist.

You can also call (248) 430-5579 or email dtercx@esciences.us

About the Program

Best Fit Customer

Commercial and industrial DTE customers are eligible for the program. Selection criteria for participating include:

  • An annual electric energy consumption of greater than 5,000,000 kWh
  • A controls system that can schedule units on/off, make adjustments and (if possible) adjust operational parameters from an operator interface
  • A minimum commitment of $10,000 to implement the energy efficiency improvements identified in the study, with a combined estimated simple payback of 18 months or less

Standard Track Resources

Standard Track Fact Sheet

Program Snapshot

How It Works

Our energy engineers assess your energy systems to identify and quantify energy effiiciency opportunities. You choose the improvements you want to make.

  

Investigation



Our energy engineers assess your building systems to identify energy-saving improvements and implementation cost estimates. You choose the improvements you want to make.

  

Implementation



Your optimization selections are put into action.

  

Verification



We collect documentation for the implemented improvements to verify your energy savings.

Our team provides details of your year-over-year energy and cost savings. You’ll also receive a rebate for the successful completion of the project.

How It Works

Our experience team determines if your building qualifies for the RCx Program and assists you with the necessary documents. You’ll then follow a three-step process:

  

Investigation



Our energy engineers assess your building systems to identify energy-saving improvements and implementation cost estimates. You choose the improvements you want to make.

  

Implementation



Your optimization selections are put into action.

  

Verification



We collect documentation for the implemented improvements to verify your energy savings.

Our team provides details of your year-over-year energy and cost savings. You’ll also receive a rebate for the successful completion of the project.

Case Studies

an Ann Arbor public school building

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial and industrial DTE customers looking to save energy, reduce operating costs and improve building performance can maximize their efforts through the program.

DTE fully funds the program. This commitment shows you’re invested in implementing Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) identified by the service provider. Please note that the implementation cost typically gets covered by the incentives you receive upon completion of the project.

A Standard Track project typically runs for 8-10 months.

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Retro-Commissioning Program

Industrial Track

Inefficiencies in your production systems can reduce output and increase operational costs. Optimizing these processes with the DTE Retro-Commissioning Program is easy. The new, specialized RCx Industrial Track was created to help industrial customers get the most savings and benefits out of the retro-commissioning process. You’ll receive a detailed assessment of your building’s systems with an investigative retro-commissioning study fully funded by DTE Energy (an up to $80k value). You can also receive up to $60,000 in rebates for exceeding savings goals! 

What does the Industrial Track offer?

The RCx Industrial Track looks for optimization opportunities in these energy systems and more: 

  • Compressed air
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Lighting
  • Process cooling and heating
  • Steam
  • Refrigeration

Connect with a program specialist.

You can also call (248) 430-5579 or email dtercx@esciences.us

About the Program

Best Fit Customer

Industrial DTE customers are eligible for the program. Selection criteria for participating include:

  • An annual electric energy consumption of greater than 1,000,000 kWh

Industrial Track Resources

Industrial RCx Fact Sheet

How It Works

Our experienced team determines if your building qualifies for the RCx Program and assists you with the necessary documents. You’ll then follow a three-step process:

  

Investigation



Our energy engineers assess your building systems to identify energy-saving improvements and implementation cost estimates. You choose the improvements you want to make.

  

Implementation



Your optimization selections are put into action.

  

Verification



We collect documentation for the implemented improvements to verify your energy savings.

Our team provides details of your year-over-year energy and cost savings. You’ll also receive a rebate for the successful completion of the project.

How It Works

Our experience team determines if your building qualifies for the RCx Program and assists you with the necessary documents. You’ll then follow a three-step process:

  

Investigation



Our energy engineers assess your building systems to identify energy-saving improvements and implementation cost estimates. You choose the improvements you want to make.

  

Implementation



Your optimization selections are put into action.

  

Verification



We collect documentation for the implemented improvements to verify your energy savings.

Our team provides details of your year-over-year energy and cost savings. You’ll also receive a rebate for the successful completion of the project.

Case Studies

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Delaco Steel Saves with RCx Program

Delaco Steel is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan and participated in the RCx Program to service multiple buildings. Delaco Steel found success in the flexibility of the Custom track for these facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

 We offer comprehensive evaluations for any systems, processes and equipment you currently have or may be interested in. Our survey can identify air leaks, inappropriate air usage and optimization of compressors. Additionally, we specialize in optimizing HVAC/BMS/lighting schedules and setpoints. Our expertise extends to optimizing systems that utilize process heating, process cooling, refrigeration and specific manufacturing equipment. For gas customers, we provide surveys on steam traps and boilers. We also offer valuable assistance in identifying and minimizing loads during extended non-production hours. 

The survey and engineering support provided by DTE are entirely free. Customers are responsible for covering any costs associated with implementing the identified energy-saving measures, if applicable. In most cases, the optimizations tend to be low-cost or no-cost, and participants often earn rebates that exceed the costs of implementation. 

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Retro-Commissioning Program

Express Track

You’ll receive a free targeted assessment with the Retro-Commissioning Program (RCx) Express Track. A program specialist will tour your facility and assess opportunities for improving energy efficiency of your building and process systems. You may receive up to $2,500 to cover the controls contractor’s cost. You can also earn up to $60,000 in bonus rebates for exceeding the minimum savings targets.

What does the Express Track offer?

The RCx Express Track looks for these optimization opportunities and more:

  • Scheduling updates to ensure equipment and lighting are operating only when needed
  • Economizer controls
  • Supply air temperature and fan speed
  • Supply air pressure setpoint
  • Compressed air operation

Connect with a program specialist.

You can also call (248) 430-5579 or email dtercx@esciences.us

About the Program

Best Fit Customer

Commercial DTE customers are eligible for the program. Customers receive rebates for their participation. Selection criteria for participating include:

  • An annual electric energy consumption of greater than 1,000 MWh (approximately 75,000 sq. ft. or greater)
  • Having a control system with the capability to schedule units on/off and make adjustments

Express Track Resources

Express Track Fact Sheet

Program Snapshot

How It Works

Our experience team determines if your building qualifies for the RCx Program and assists you with the necessary documents. You’ll then follow a three-step process:

  

Investigation



Our energy engineers assess your building systems to identify energy-saving improvements and implementation cost estimates. You choose the improvements you want to make.

  

Implementation



Your optimization selections are put into action.

  

Verification



We collect documentation for the implemented improvements to verify your energy savings.

Our team provides details of your year-over-year energy and cost savings. You’ll also receive a rebate for the successful completion of the project.

How It Works

Our experience team determines if your building qualifies for the RCx Program and assists you with the necessary documents. You’ll then follow a three-step process:

Our team provides details of your year-over-year energy and cost savings. You’ll also receive a rebate for the successful completion of the project.

How It Works

Our experience team determines if your building qualifies for the RCx Program and assists you with the necessary documents. You’ll then follow a three-step process:

  

Investigation



Our energy engineers assess your building systems to identify energy-saving improvements and implementation cost estimates. You choose the improvements you want to make.

  

Implementation



Your optimization selections are put into action.

  

Verification



We collect documentation for the implemented improvements to verify your energy savings.

Our team provides details of your year-over-year energy and cost savings. You’ll also receive a rebate for the successful completion of the project.

How It Works

Our experience team determines if your building qualifies for the RCx Program and assists you with the necessary documents. You’ll then follow a three-step process:

Our team provides details of your year-over-year energy and cost savings. You’ll also receive a rebate for the successful completion of the project.

Case Studies

an Ann Arbor public school building

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Henry Ford Health System building

Henry Ford Health System

Leader Dogs for the Blind building

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Redford Township District Library  building

Redford Township District Library

Thomas Duke Company building

Thomas Duke Company

Frequently Asked Questions

You have the option of either paying your selected controls contractor directly after receiving your incentive check or assigning part of your incentive check as payment to the controls contractor.

No, there are no financial commitments associated with participating in the program.

An Express Track project typically runs for 1-2 months.