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Energy Efficiency

Grants, Funding, Programs

Across the state, there are many organizations with available funding and technical support to help aid your sustainability initiatives. Below you will find a collection of the current available funding and support programs. Please use the eligibility key to find out which programs apply to your business. Note that funding marked with the CFA icon is eligible to apply to through the Consolidated Funding Application Learn More.

 

 

Industrial and Process Efficiency  
NYSERDA’s Industrial and Process Efficiency (IPE) Program provides performance-based incentives to manufacturers and data centers implementing energy efficiency and process improvements which will reduce your costs. IPE's goal is to help manufacturers and data centers increase product output and data processing as efficiently as possible.

 

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Performance Program
Incentives are available for CHP Systems with an aggregate nameplate greater than 1.3 MW that provide summer on-peak demand reduction. These incentives are performance-based and correspond to the summer-peak demand reduction (kW), energy generation (kWh), and fuel conversion efficiency (FCE) achieved by the CHP System on an annual basis over a two-year measurement and verification (M&V) period.

Due Date: December 30, 2016

New Construction Program
$90,981,268 is available through this program to conduct technical assessments of energy efficiency improvements in building designs and to offset a portion of the incremental capital costs to purchase and install energy-efficient equipment in these buildings to reduce energy consumption. Additional incentives and services are offered for buildings that achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) or New York Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NY-CHPS) certification.

Due Date: December 29, 2017

Industrial Economic Development Power  
From the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the Industrial Economic Development program serves the 47 municipal electric systems and 4 rural electric cooperatives in New York State. Up to 54 MW of hydropower from the federally mandated block of Preference Power that serves those public power systems is made available for economic development purposes within these communities.The business must be located within the service territory of a municipal electric system or rural electric cooperative. Allocation criteria requires 25 new jobs per MW and creation of at least 200 kW of new load.

Due Date: Continuous

Design for the Environment (DfE) Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment program helps consumers, businesses, and institutional buyers identify cleaning and other products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment.
ReCharge NY
ReCharge New York (RNY) is an economic development power program designed to retain and create jobs through allocations of low-cost power. RNY is 910 MegaWatts (MW) of electric power: 455 MW of NYPA hydropower and 455 MW of market power procured by NYPA.

Due Date: Continuous

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Con Edison Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Overview
Con Edison offers cash rebates and incentives for installing energy-efficient electric and gas equipment and technical studies. Rebates are offered for upgrading equipment including lighting fixtures, LED exit signs, chillers, packaged heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, motors, water and steam boilers. Performance-based custom incentives are offered for installing high-efficiency equipment or energy saving solutions not on the Equipment Rebate Program lists. There is also the option of payment of up to 50% of costs, with a cap of $67,000, for an energy-efficiency technical study evaluating your energy use and recommending steps you can take to increase your gas and electric efficiency.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Con Edison service territory

 

Con Edison: Free Energy Surveys and Incentives up to 70% for Equipment Upgrades
This program includes energy efficiency survey performed at your location by a professional, customized recommendations on how you can save energy and money and energy-saving devices such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), low-flow aerators, high-pressure rinse sprayers, and water heater thermostat setback.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: New York City and Westchester

 

Central Hudson Commercial Lighting Program
Central Hudson is offering free money for businesses, retail stores and not-for-profits to upgrade to brighter and more energy-efficient lighting. Central Hudson pays up to 70% of the project and you can cover the rest with up to 24 month financing. Enjoy reduced utility bills year-after-year.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Central Hudson service territory

  

PSEG Existing Building Rebates
Rebates are available to commercial customers who install the following qualified equipment or measures in commercial buildings: AC Retrofit, Chillers, Compressors & Air Dryers, Cool Roof, Custom Energy Measures, Green Building & Technical Assistance, HVAC, Kitchen Equipment & Vending Machines, Lighting, Refrigeration Equipment and Variable Frequency Drives.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Long Island

 

PSEG New Construction Program
Rebates are available to commercial customers who install the following qualified equipment or measures in new buildings or buildings under renovation: AC Retrofit, Chillers, Compressors & Air Dryers, Cool Roof, Custom Energy Measures, Green Building & Technical Assistance, HVAC, Kitchen Equipment & Vending Machines, Lighting, Refrigeration Equipment and Variable Frequency Drives.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Long Island

 

NYSEG Small Business Energy Efficiency Program
Focused on the needs of business customers with demand of less than an average of 110 kilowatts (kw) per month, eligible businesses will receive free energy assessments and up to 70% of the cost of recommended equipment upgrades will be covered.

Due Date: Continuous
Location:

 

NYSEG Commercial and Industrial Rebate Program
The NYSEG Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Rebate Program delivers energy efficiency options through Prescriptive rebates for a broad range of specific, pre-determined measures including lighting, natural gas, and HVAC and through Custom rebates for projects that require site-specific assessment and cost analysis.

Due Date: Continuous
Location:

 

RG&E Small Business Energy Efficiency Program
Focused on the needs of business customers with electricity demand of less than an average of 110 kilowatts (kw) per month, eligible businesses will receive free energy assessments and up to 70% of the cost of recommended lighting upgrades will be covered.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Rochester

 

RG&E Commercial and Industrial Rebate Program
The RG&E Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Rebate Program delivers energy efficiency options in two key ways: Prescriptive rebates for a broad range of specific, pre-determined measures and custom rebates for projects that require site-specific assessment and cost analysis.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Rochester

 

RG&E Block Bidding for Commercial, Industrial, and Municipal Customers
Through the Block Bidding Program, RG&E purchases “blocks” of electricity savings representing reduced electric usage ­ from eligible commercial, industrial and municipal customers or from third parties (aggregators) working with those customers. RG&E, together with NYSEG, have approved through December 2013 approximately $7 million for nonresidential energy efficiency proposals that will save more than 26 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. The winning bids include nearly 160 projects from more than 70 customers across the RG&E and NYSEG service areas. The Block Bidding Program is a sealed-bid, pay-as-bid auction. The purpose of the program is to create additional ways for customers to achieve energy savings and allow third-party suppliers, working on behalf of host customers, to participate in offering energy-saving solutions.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Rochester

National Fuel: Fuel For Thought
Rebates are available for small, non-residential customers whose facilities use less than 12,000 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) of natural gas per year for upgrading to more energy-efficient equipment. In conjunction with NYSERDA's Existing Facilities Program, National Fuel provides an energy efficient equipment application for custom and standard rebates. Eligible equipment includes boilers, furnaces, unit heaters, infrared heaters, programmable thermostats and a variety of cooking equipment. These rebates are available for non-residential customers using less than 12,000 cubic feet of natural gas per year. Rebates are available up to $25,000 for commercial entities. Measures must be installed by a qualified contractor. Contact National Fuel for more information on this program.

Due Date: Continuous

National Grid: Natural gas heating and hot water
Installing a high efficiency natural gas space or water heating system will prove helpful to the environment and your bottom line. We offer rebates to qualifying businesses installing efficient versions of the following equipment: Furnaces, up to $400, condensing unit heaters, up to $500, infrared heaters, up to $500, steam boilers, up to $600, hydronic boilers, up to $4,000, condensing boilers, up to $12,000, and indirect fired water heaters, up to $300.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Upstate New York

National Grid: Custom Gas Projects
For gas-saving measures not eligible for prescriptive incentives, National Grid offers custom incentives. Pre-approved projects receive a one-time incentive based on estimated first-year savings up to 50% of project costs, to a maximum of $100,000 for existing facilities.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Upstate New York

National Grid: Small Business Program
National Grid can reduce your company's energy costs and improve your ability to serve your customers with energy efficiency programs that target your specific needs. We offer incentives for up to 70% of the cost of the installation of qualified energy efficient equipment and we can finance your share of the cost.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Upstate New York

National Grid: Energy Efficiency Custom Projects
Custom incentives apply to more complex or one-of-a-kind measures that go beyond prescriptive guidelines. Custom incentives from National Grid can cover up to 50% of the total installed costs of more efficient equipment, or an amount that buys down the cost of the project to a 1 year payback whichever is less. These incentives accelerate the payback period and maximize the opportunity to reduce operating costs and enhance building value.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Upstate New York

National Grid: Large Business Existing Facility Electric Lighting and Controls
Lighting is a significant operating expense in existing buildings. By upgrading lighting, owners can improve the economics of their buildings while enhancing the visual comfort and productivity of occupants. Maximize the visual comfort of your facility – and minimize your costs – with financial incentives from National Grid. National Grid provides a wide range of technical guidance for upgrading the efficiency of existing lighting, plus financial incentives to help defray the cost of installing new, high performance lighting.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Upstate New York

National Grid: Large Business Existing Facility Electric Compressed Air
Improving compressed air efficiency is generally the best opportunity industrial companies have to make a significant and immediate impact on their electric bill. After available incentives, these improvements often can be paid back in as little as one year.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Upstate New York

National Grid: Existing Facility Energy management systems (EMS), vending misers, and hotel occupancy sensors
An energy management system (EMS) is an indispensable tool for improving the energy efficiency of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Continuing advances in technology have made EMS systems cost-effective for smaller facilities. The primary function of an EMS is to automatically turn off equipment when it is not needed. The heart of an energy management system is a programmable electronic control, which accepts instructions on how the facility is to operate and communicates those instructions to the equipment that is to be controlled. EMS systems can now be managed online from remote locations.

Due Date: Continuous
Location: Upstate New York

NYSERDA EDGE Program
The Economic Development Growth Extension Program offers local, regionally-based access to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) energy efficiency, renewable energy and research and development (R&D) programs. NYSERDA works with 27 Regional Outreach Contractors (ROCs) strategically located throughout New York State’s 10 regions to extend NYSERDA’s program outreach to commercial, institutional, municipal, industrial and residential customers.

 

Federal Green Challenge: EPA
The Federal Green Challenge is a national effort under the US EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, challenging EPA and other federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the Federal Government's environmental impact. Federal offices or facilities start their participation by selecting a minimum two of the six target areas —waste, electronics, purchasing, energy, water, or transportation. At least one of the selected target areas must be waste, electronics, or purchasing. Members commit to an improvement goal of at least 5% per year in their selected target areas. Participants get access to the EPA's technical assistance and resources to implement your initiatives and receive awards and recognition for accomplishments.