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ETAC-CI Program Participation

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Who is Eligible to Apply?

Any company, entity or team is invited to participate; teaming is encouraged. Applicants may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developers, manufacturers or vendors of new technologies or approaches
  • Building owners
  • Trade or professional organizations or utilities

What Technologies or Approaches are Eligible?

NYSERDA will support demonstrations that meet all of the following requirements:

  • Provide electric and/or gas energy efficiency and/or load management benefits compared to current standard technology or practices
  • Be replicable across New York State
  • Provide performance data from a previous project or projects

Project Participants must:

  • Recruit a minimum of two discrete project sites as Host Demonstration Sites in New York State, the majority of which must pay the Systems Benefits Charge (SBC) on their utility bills. Note: NYSERDA reserves the right to waive this requirement on a case-by-case basis for projects including Demonstration Host Sites that meet the definition of “new construction” or “substantial renovation” as defined by NYSERDA’s New Construction Program.
  • Develop and implement the project, including installation of the technology or implementation of the approach
  • Support the measurement and verification (M&V) process planned and executed by the assigned Measurement and Verification Technical Consultant contracted by NYSERDA, by providing access to relevant data, staff, and equipment. Rigorous data collection methods and data collection periods of 1 to 2 years may be required.
  • Provide a project performance report to NYSERDA at project completion, as well as interim semi-annual reports, to share findings such as commissioning results, project performance, costs, barriers and lessons learned
  • Perform outreach activities related to the project such as websites, webinars, press events and releases, site tours, reports and articles, case studies, and presentations at conferences and seminars

What Projects are Ineligible?

The ETAC-CI program focuses on demonstrating performance and increasing the visibility and market uptake of emerging technologies and approaches. The program seeks to avoid duplication of support offered through other NYSERDA programs. Therefore, this program will NOT support the following:

  • Mature technologies or services, or opportunities or services that do not primarily deliver electric and/or gas energy efficiency and/or load management savings
  • Stand-alone renewable energy technologies which may be supported by other NYSERDA programs, such as solar electric or solar thermal, wind turbines, fuel cells, or anaerobic digesters. See Customer-Sited renewables.
  • Transportation projects and vehicle-charging stations. See Transportation initiatives.
  • Biomass-related projects. See Biomass initiatives.
  • Technologies covered by the Existing Facilities Program Pre-qualified incentives worksheets, unless integrated within an otherwise eligible project
  • Marketing or behavioral strategies lacking any on-site implementation at the Demonstration Host Sites
  • “One-off” or single-site demonstrations. Note: NYSERDA reserves the right to waive this requirement on a case-by-case basis for projects including Demonstration Host Sites that meet the definition of “new construction” or “substantial renovation” as defined by NYSERDA’s New Construction Program.
  • Technologies that do not match the scope or goals of the program including but not limited to: power quality and power factor improvement technologies, and refrigerant and oil additives
  • Any project where installation/implementation of the emerging technology or approach has already taken place at the Demonstration Host Site

This program will not pay for the installation of an energy efficiency measure in a Demonstration Host Site wherein the Applicant or the Demonstration Host Site(s) has applied for or received an incentive or other compensation from an energy efficiency program administered by a utility company or NYSERDA for that same energy efficiency measure.

Which Option is Right for You?

Focused Demonstations


Approximately $3.3 million in funding is available. Applicants, if selected, are eligible to receive up to $150,000 from NYSERDA, as well as M&V services funded by NYSERDA. Applicant (or applicant team) must provide a minimum of 40% of project costs, and NYSERDA will provide up to 60% of project costs. Participant Team cost-share may include in-kind contributions. The Project Incentive may be subject to adjustment after documentation of project costs and Participant Team cost-share are submitted by the Project Participant.

Two milestone payments will be made:

  • First Milestone Payment – 75% of Adjusted Project Incentive
  • Second Milestone Payment – 25% of Adjusted Project Incentive

Energy Performance Validation


NYSERDA will fund M&V studies for Project Participants in Energy Performance Validation projects.


In addition to the criteria previously listed, a) Technologies and approaches must be included in the Focused Demonstration Targeted Categories, and b) Independent, third-party performance validation is required. Examples of independent performance validation include energy efficiency program administrator and/or utility research or prior demonstration projects, case studies or energy savings estimates conducted by national laboratories, independent research laboratories, colleges and universities, and others. NYSERDA reserves the right to waive this requirement for certain Focused Demonstration Targeted Categories.


No additional eligibility requirements.

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Focused Demonstration Program Steps


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Energy Performance Validation Program Steps


Last Updated: 02/06/2014