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Qualifying Equipment

  • Commercial food service equipment must meet minimum energy-efficiency specifications to qualify. 

  • To qualify for a discount  instantly on electric equipment, the customer must receive electric service from either Ameren Illinois or ComEd®.

  • To qualify for a discount for gas equipment, the customer must receive gas service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas or North Shore Gas. 

  • Program criteria are subject to change.

Discounts

Discount amounts are per unit (fryer vat, broiler deck, steam compartment, etc.). Full amounts for a given model can be confirmed in the Qualified Products List below.

Qualifying Models

A full list of qualifying models and discount amounts can be seen in the Qualified Products List (QPL). This list can be sorted by manufacturer, model, and other criteria.

Last Updated: May 15th, 2024

Minimum Energy Efficiency Specifications
Gas Equipment

SPECIFICATION – GAS EQUIPMENT

UNIT  (U)

COOKING EQUIPMENT

Charbroilers (Underfired)

Charbroiler must use infrared (IR) burners

U: Broiler

Conveyor Broilers

Conveyor broiler models (conveyor belt width < 20-inches) must have a tested idle rate ≤ 40,000 Btu/h utilizing ASTM Standard F2239.


Conveyor broiler models (conveyor belt width ≥ 20-inches and ≤ 26-inches) must have a tested idle energy rate of

≤ 60,000 Btu/h utilizing ASTM Standard F2239.


Conveyor broiler models (conveyor belt width > 26-inches) must have a tested idle energy rate of ≤ 70,000 Btu/h utilizing ASTM Standard F2239 and must have a maximum input rate less than 80,000 Btu/h or a dual stage or modulating gas valve with a capability of throttling the input rate below 80,000 Btu/h.


Conveyor broiler must have a catalyst.

U: Broiler

Upright Broilers (Overfired)

Upright broiler must use infrared (IR) burners

U: Broiler Deck

Salamander Broilers (Overfired)

Salamander broiler must use infrared (IR) burners

U: Salamander

Fryers

ENERGY STAR-rated Standard Fryer with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 50% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate

≤ 9,000 Btu/h, using ASTM standard F1361.

 

ENERGY STAR-rated Large Vat Fryer with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 50% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate

≤ 12,000 Btu/h, using ASTM standard F2144.

U: Fryer Vat

Pressure Fryers

Cooking Efficiency ≥ 40% and and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 9,000 Btu/h, using ASTM standard F1964.

U: Fryer Vat

Griddles

ENERGY STAR-rated with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 38% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 2,650 Btu/h per square foot of cooking surface, using ASTM standard F1275 for standard griddles and ASTM standard F1605 for double-sided griddles.

U: Griddle

Combination Ovens

ENERGY STAR-rated with steam mode cooking efficiency

≥ 41%, idle energy consumption rate ≤ 200P+6,511, and water consumption rate during cooking < 0.5 gal/pan; and convection mode cooking efficiency ≥ 57%, idle energy consumption rate ≤ 140P+3,800, and water consumption rate during cooking < 0.4 gal/pan using ASTM standard F2861. P = number of steam pans (oven capacity).

U: Oven Cavity

Convection Ovens

ENERGY STAR-rated with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 49% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 9,500 Btu/h, using ASTM standard F1496.

U: Oven

Conveyor Ovens

Cooking Efficiency ≥ 42% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 57,000 Btu/h, using ASTM standard F1817.

U: Oven Deck

Cooktops

Cooking Efficiency ≥ 43%, using ASTM standard F1521.

U: Hob

Double Rack Ovens

Baking Efficiency ≥ 56%, using ASTM standard F2093.

U: Oven

Rotisserie Ovens

Rotisserie must have a normalized maximum rated input of ≤ 2,200 Btu/rated chicken capacity as determined by the rated maximum input and rated 3-lb chicken capacity listed on the manufacturer's specification sheet. 

U: Rotisserie Cavity

Pasta Cookers

Pasta Cooker must be new.

U: Tank

Steam Cookers

ENERGY STAR-rated with a cooking efficiency ≥ 38% and an idle energy rate meeting the ENERGY STAR specifications based on pan capacity, using ASTM standard F1484.

U: Steam Cooker

SANITATION

High Temperature Commercial Dishwashers

Qualifying models must meet ENERGY STAR water consumption and idle energy rate for high-temperature sanitizing dishwashers. Dual-temperature machines must meet these criteria as well as the low-temperature machine criteria.

Undercounter machines must have a tested water consumption of ≤ 0.86 gallons/rack, a washing energy rate of ≤ 0.35 kWh/rack, and an idle energy rate of ≤ 0.30 kW per the ENERGY STAR test method.

Stationary door-type machines must have a tested water consumption of ≤ 0.89 gallons/rack, a washing energy rate of ≤ 0.35 kWh/rack, and an idle energy rate of ≤ 0.55 kW per the ENERGY STAR test method.

Single tank rack conveyor machines must have a tested water consumption of ≤ 0.70 gallons/rack, a washing energy rate of ≤ 0.36 kWh/rack, and an idle energy rate of ≤ 1.20 kW per the ENERGY STAR test method.

Multiple tank rack conveyor machines must have a tested water consumption of ≤ 0.54 gallons/rack, a washing energy rate ≤ 0.36 kWh/rack, and an idle energy rate of ≤ 1.85 kW per the ENERGY STAR test method.

U: Dishwasher

Low Temperature Commercial Dishwashers

Qualifying models must meet ENERGY STAR water consumption and idle energy rate for low-temperature sanitizing dishwashers. Dual-temperature machines must meet these criteria as well as the high-temperature machine criteria.

Undercounter machines must have a tested water consumption of ≤ 1.19 gallons/rack, a washing energy rate

≤ 0.15 kWh/rack, and an idle energy rate of ≤ 0.25 kW per the ENERGY STAR test method.

Stationary door-type machines must have a tested water consumption of ≤ 1.18 gallons/rack, a washing energy rate

≤ 0.15 kWh/rack, and an idle energy rate of ≤ 0.30 kW per the ENERGY STAR test method.

Single tank rack conveyor machines must have a tested water consumption of ≤ 0.79 gallons/rack, a washing energy rate ≤ 0.16 kWh/rack, and an idle energy rate of ≤ 0.85 kW per the ENERGY STAR test method.

Multiple tank rack conveyor machines must have a tested water consumption of ≤ 0.54 gallons/rack, a washing energy rate ≤ 0.22 kWh/rack, and an idle energy rate of ≤ 1.00 kW per the ENERGY STAR test method.

U: Dishwasher

Pre-rinse Spray Valves

Pre-rinse spray valves must have a tested flow rate of < 0.75 gallons per minute (gpm) for models with a spray force ≤ 5.0 ozf, or a tested flow rate of ≤ 1.07 gpm for models with a spray force > 5.0 ozf & ≤ 8.0 ozf utilizing ASTM standard F2324. 

U: Spray Valve

Dipper Wells

Qualifying dipper wells must have a water-efficient design that does not continuously run. Both basin-style dipper wells that recirculate water in the basin, and shower-style dipper wells that use a pressure switch when activated are eligible. 

U: Dipper Well

Other

Demand-Controlled Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV)

Installation of new or retrofit controls that vary the ventilation based on cooking load. Control system must include: Temperature sensor in the hood exhaust collar and/or an optic or IR sensor in the hood reservoir; variable speed drive on the exhaust fan that will vary the rate of exhaust to what is needed; variable speed drive on the make-up air unit, or other modification to reduce make-up air equivalent to exhaust air reduction.

Only applicable to kitchens/systems under 5,000 CFM of exhaust airflow

U: Exhaust Fan Horsepower

On-Demand Package Sealers

Qualifying package sealer must be an on-demand machine replacing an always-on machine. The package sealer must utilize a mechanical or optical sensor to activate the largest heating element.

U: Package Sealer

Electric Equipment

SPECIFICATION – ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT

UNIT  (U)

COOKING EQUIPMENT

Fryers

ENERGY STAR-rated Standard Fryer with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 83% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate

≤ 800 W, using ASTM standard F1361.

 

ENERGY STAR-rated Large Vat Fryer with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 80% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate

≤ 1,100 W, using ASTM standard F2144.

U: Fryer Vat

Pressure Fryers

Cooking Efficiency ≥ 83% and and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 0.70 kW, using ASTM standard F1964.

U: Fryer Vat

Griddles

ENERGY STAR-rated with a Heavy Load Cooking Efficiency

≥ 70% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 320 W per square foot of cooking surface, using ASTM standard F1275 for standard griddles and ASTM standard F1605 for double-sided griddles.

U: Griddle

Hot Food Holding Cabinets

ENERGY STAR-rated half-size cabinets (< 13 ft³) with an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 21.5 W per cubic foot volume, using ASTM standard F2140.

ENERGY STAR-rated full-size cabinets (between 13 and 28 ft³) with an Idle Energy Consumption Rate (≤ 2V + 254) W, using ASTM standard F2140.

ENERGY STAR-rated banquet-size cabinets (≥ 28 ft³) with an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ (3.8 V + 203.5) W, using ASTM standard F2140.

U: Cabinet

Combination Ovens

For full-size electric combination ovens 5-40 pan capacity, ENERGY STAR-rated with steam mode cooking efficiency ≥ 55%, idle energy consumption rate ≤ 0.133P+0.64, and a water consumption rate during cooking < 0.5 gal/pan; and convection mode cooking efficiency ≥ 78%, idle energy consumption rate ≤ 0.083P+0.35, and a water consumption rate < 0.4 gal/pan using ASTM standard F2861. P = number of steam pans (oven capacity).

For full-size electric combination ovens 3-4 pan capacity or 2/3-size electric combination ovens with 3-5 pan capacity, ENERGY STAR-rated with steam mode cooking efficiency ≥ 51%, idle energy consumption rate ≤ 0.60P, and a water consumption rate during cooking < 0.5 gal/pan; and convection mode cooking efficiency ≥ 70%, idle energy consumption rate ≤ 0.05P+0.55, and a water consumption rate < 0.4 gal/pan using ASTM standard F2861. P = number of steam pans (oven capacity).

U: Oven Cavity

Convection Ovens

ENERGY STAR-rated full-size (≥ 5 pans) ovens with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 76% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 1.40 kW, using ASTM standard F1496.

ENERGY STAR-rated full-size (< 5 pans) ovens with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 76% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 1.00 kW, using ASTM standard F1496.

ENERGY STAR-rated half-size ovens with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 71% and an Idle Energy Consumption Rate

≤ 1.00 kW, using ASTM standard F1496.

U: Oven

Induction Cooktops

Cooking Efficiency ≥ 80%, using ASTM standard F1521.

U: Hob

Deck Ovens

Electric deck ovens must have a tested heavy load cooking energy efficiency of ≥ 60% and an idle energy rate ≤ 1,300 W, using ASTM standard F1965.

U: Oven Deck

Steam Cookers

ENERGY STAR-rated with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 50% and an idle energy rate meeting the ENERGY STAR specifications based on pan capacity, using ASTM standard F1484.

U: Steam Cooker

REFRIGERATION

Solid-Door Refrigerators

Refrigeration system must be built in (packaged); model must meet ENERGY STAR V5.0 specifications, using ASHRAE standard 72.

U:  <15 cubic ft

U:  15-29.9 cubic ft

U:  30-49.9 cubic ft

U:  ≥ 50 cubic ft

Glass-Door Refrigerators

Refrigeration system must be built in (packaged); model must meet ENERGY STAR V5.0 specifications, using ASHRAE standard 72.

U:  <15 cubic ft

U:  15-29.9 cubic ft

U:  30-49.9 cubic ft

U:  ≥ 50 cubic ft

Solid-Door Freezers

Refrigeration system must be built in (packaged); model must meet ENERGY STAR V5.0 specifications, using ASHRAE standard 72.

U: <15 cubic ft

U:  15-29.9 cubic ft

U:  30-49.9 cubic ft

U:  ≥ 50 cubic ft

Glass-Door Freezers

Refrigeration system must be built in (packaged); model must meet ENERGY STAR V5.0 specifications, using ASHRAE standard 72.

U: <15 cubic ft

U:  15-29.9 cubic ft

U:  30-49.9 cubic ft

U:  ≥ 50 cubic ft

Q-Sync® Motors for Walk-in Coolers/Freezers

Qualifying replacement units must be a 6-12W Q-Sync® motor with a minimum 72% motor efficiency, or a 38-50W Q-Sync® motor with a minimum of 81% motor efficiency (as listed by the manufacturer) for evaporator fans in walk-in coolers/freezers. 

U: Motor

Ice Makers

Qualifying models must meet ENERGY STAR V3.0 using AHRI standard 810. Only air-cooled machines qualify.

U: Ice Maker

Visual Inspections

To ensure that qualifying equipment is installed at eligible locations within the sponsoring utilities’ service territories, Frontier Energy, the program implementer, will conduct visual inspections after the discount has been issued.  

 

The inspection will consist of a representative collecting the serial number and taking a photograph of the installed equipment for which the customer has received a discount.  The inspection will be scheduled at the customer’s convenience and should take about 5 minutes.

 

The Visual Inspection Authorization form can be found here.

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