Monitoring-Based Commissioning Incentives (MBCx)

Performance-Based Monitoring-Based Commissioning incentives are offered for cost-effective energy efficiency projects that deliver verifiable annual energy savings resulting from the installation of information gathering technologies that provide critical data to monitor and alter building operation. Additionally, NYSERDA seeks to promote clear communication of energy usage to the occupants of commercial and industrial spaces, thereby facilitating a coordinated means to reduce consumption and lower costs.


Base Incentive Upstate Downstate
Monitoring-Based Commissioning $0.05 kWh $0.05 kWh

Incentive Caps

While incentives are based upon the amount of electrical energy saved in one year, the total incentive cannot exceed the lesser of $500,000 or 50% of the Project cost. Project cost may include equipment, labor, and engineering expenses.

Minimum Project Size

Unless otherwise approved by NYSERDA, Performance-Based projects must qualify for an incentive of at least $30,000. Smaller projects should consider Pre-Qualified incentives.


Project Cost - The incentive is intended to cover the materials and engineering costs associated with upgrading energy data collection hardware and the cost of energy management services needed to achieve energy savings. Facilities seeking an initial retro-commissioning audit are encouraged to participate in NYSERDA’s FlexTech Program.

Persistence – MBCx incentives are provided for upgrades and initiatives that generate energy savings based upon improved operation. Eligible savings must be quantified by an Engineering Analysis and commissioning plan designed to ensure the persistent realization of energy efficiency based upon operational changes for a period of at least five years. Persistence must be demonstrated through externally contracted monitoring services or scheduled in-house staff training; documentation of persistence may include invoices, scope of services, and training materials. Incentive applications missing or providing an insufficient initial scope targeting monitoring, isolation and assurance of claimed energy savings may be rejected at NYSERDA’s discretion.

Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to, occupant behavior-based initiatives such as turning off lighting or closing blinds to reduce internal heat gain and operational improvements without continuous enhanced monitoring capability.

Bundling – Applicants submitting MBCx projects involving comprehensive energy management system upgrades or additions are encouraged to pursue additional incentives for energy efficiency or demand response where applicable.

Measurement and Verification (M&V)

All MBCx projects must provide, to NYSERDA, ongoing access to energy data. The Applicant must perform Measurement and Verification (M&V) for a period up to two years. MBCx projects will be subject to a 40% withholding of the total incentive, which is payable to the Applicant after NYSERDA receives and approves the final M&V report. Final incentive levels may be adjusted based on data gathered during post-installation inspection and/or M&V results. Projects failing to perform to M&V savings estimates may be required to reimburse NYSERDA for any overpayment.

Last Updated: 12/11/2013