Energy Efficiency Project Classifications
Eligible applicants may propose energy studies in the following energy efficiency project categories, but not limited to:
General Energy Feasibility Studies
Feasibility studies aim to assist customers in making more informed energy decisions at their facilities. This service may include:
- Equipment replacement
- Upgrade recommendations
- Comprehensive energy analysis in campus-type settings
- Energy-related assistance through computer-assisted building modeling
- Engineering support and other analysis requested by the customer and approved by NYSERDA
Peak-Load Reduction and Load Management
These studies may evaluate the peak demand impacts of study recommendations. Electric grid reliability and availability of demand response or demand reduction initiatives during summer peak periods is especially critical and particular focus should be paid to calculating this impact in addition to the customer billing impact.
Historic peak load:
- Between May 1 and October 31
- During hours of 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (exception of some night peaking load pockets)
Studies will need to provide analysis showing how the study measures coincide with or impact the system electric summer peak.
Opportunities may be investigated:
- Short-term load management
- Long term permanent load reduction
These studies may investigate the economics of participating in a Mandatory Hourly Pricing Program (MHP):
- To evaluate the purchase of electricity based on time-differentiated pricing
- Provide review of real-time metering information
- The benefits to facilities interested in participating in load curtailment programs
- Tracking daily load profiles to monitor the effects of energy consuming systems
The Consultant's Role
Consultants will be asked to identify and analyze opportunities for customers to participate in load curtailment activities of the New York Independent Systems Operator (NYISO) such as Installed Capacity Special Case Resources (ICAP/SCR), a Time of Use (TOU), or Real Time Pricing (RTP) Program.
Industrial and Process Efficiency Analysis
Industrial facilities and processes require customized approaches to energy efficiency. Production lines and processes often have unique characteristics and functions.
Studies may also focus on:
- Increasing productivity
- Improving environmental performance
- Minimizing waste
Analyses should predominantly focus on defining and reducing energy use per unit of production.
Data Centers Efficiency Analysis
Data center energy analysis assistance will assess energy efficiency and carbon reduction potential of data center support systems and information technology (“IT”) equipment.
Strategies can include, but are not limited to:
- Cooling/IT equipment replacement
- Upgrade recommendations
- Server virtualization
- Redundancy optimization
- Temperature set point investigations, etc.
Analyses should predominantly focus on defining and reducing energy cost per unit of productive data throughput.
Energy Efficiency Retro-Commissioning
Retro-commissioning is the systematic process of verifying that all building systems perform interactively according to design intent, that they meet the operational needs of the owners and occupants, and that staff responsible for operation and maintenance are sufficiently trained. The goal of this service is to improve system performance, operation and maintenance, energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and indoor environmental quality.
Retro-commissioning studies will need to focus specifically on energy efficiency. In general, NYSERDA's FlexTech Program allows retro-commissioning on facilities and equipment that have been in use for at least one year. Retro-commissioning does not include replacement of significant HVAC or other building components, but rather focuses on the verification and identification of proper control strategies, sequence of operations, operations and maintenance plans, and other building or system optimization strategies.
Projects defined as Energy Efficiency Retro-commissioning (RCx) must also complete one NYSERDA RCx Deficiency Worksheet for each deficiency found (Appendix B-4 of PON 1746 [PDF]). Each NYSERDA RCx Deficiency Worksheet must have a corresponding line on the Project Summary Sheet (Appendix B-3 of PON 1746 [PDF]).
Long-Term Energy and Carbon Management
Commercial and industrial customers can apply to the FlexTech Program for long-term energy and carbon related services. The service provider should act as a member of the customer team to provide long-term support on energy and carbon management issues, actively identifying opportunities and performing analyses with the customer's and NYSERDA's approval.
Services may include, but are not limited to:
- Providing detailed technical support for decisions regarding the purchase of energy-efficient equipment,
- Preparing bid documents for the purchase and installation of equipment,
- Preparing RFPs,
- Reviewing ESCO proposals,
- Developing scopes-of-work for comprehensive energy audits conducted by a selected ESCO,
- Reviewing comprehensive energy audits,
- Reviewing proposed energy performance contracts,
- Performing independent verification that equipment and installations are as specified,
- Reviewing annual savings reports from ESCOs during the guarantee period, and
- Assisting with planning and implementation of strategies to reduce energy and environmental footprints.
These studies may also be used to develop long-term capital budget strategies for the systematic replacement or upgrade of energy consuming and capital intensive systems. These studies may include evaluation of the current condition of the existing equipment, its expected useful life, and recommendations of energy-efficient replacement alternatives as a basis for a long-term capital budget strategy.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Project Classifications
Participants may propose to evaluate CHP studies to investigate the site-specific technical and economic feasibility of installing gas-fired CHP. All scopes of work must identify the specific uses for the recovered heat.
- See Appendix C-1 in PON 1746 [PDF] for a description of eligible CHP projects.
Peak-Load Curtailment Plan (PLCP) Classifications
Service providers may submit an application to receive funds for the development of a PLCP. The purpose of this component is to encourage service providers to develop comprehensive protocols which allow their customers to respond to load curtailment calls from the NYISO during periods of New York electrical system capacity constraints. Proof of customer registration in the NYISO ICAP/SCR is required. This “proof” can be in the form of a forwarded email from the NYISO providing the qualified load. Prior registration of curtailable load with the NYISO must have occurred within 6 months of project package receipt. Please refer to PON 1746 [PDF] for additional information.