NYSERDA, Con Edison Reinventing Energy Efficiency Offerings for Staten Island, Westchester Businesses
‘Business Energy Pro’ Uses Pay-for-Performance Model to Reward Providers for Upgrades That Save Energy & Money
August 2, 2019
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Con Edison today announced a partnership to begin a pay-for-performance pilot program that will leverage Con Edison’s smart meter technology to measure energy efficiency savings at small and medium-sized businesses in Staten Island and Westchester County and reward the providers based on those measurements. The program, Business Energy Pro, supports the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act – the most ambitious climate and clean energy legislation in the nation – mandate for 100 percent clean electricity by 2040 and economy-wide carbon-neutrality.
Janet Joseph, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Market Development, NYSERDA said, “The partnership announced today between NYSERDA and Con Edison represents another step forward in the state’s comprehensive approach to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in support of New York’s aggressive clean energy goals under Governor Cuomo’s leadership. The Business Energy Pro pilot will provide businesses with greater access to energy efficient services and solutions that will lower their costs while helping to reduce state’s carbon footprint.”
“We support the state’s environmental goals and want to be a leader in finding new approaches to create the clean energy future those goals envision,” said Matthew Ketschke, Con Edison’s senior vice president, Customer Energy Solutions. “This pilot will help businesses reduce their energy usage and help keep our region clean and sustainable. We think this program can help us build on the success we have had with our energy efficiency programs the last decade.”
Under the program, NYSERDA and Con Edison will work with energy efficiency service providers to seek out small and medium-sized businesses and offer energy-savings packages that could include lighting, heating, cooling, refrigeration and building control systems. For energy efficiency providers, Business Energy Pro will provide flexibility, minimizes transaction and administrative costs, and supports innovative solutions and services. The providers will receive payments based on the energy savings that are confirmed by the customers’ smart meters.
Pay-for-performance models have begun to emerge nationally with significant potential benefits to customers, energy efficiency service providers and utilities. The pay-for-performance model differs from more traditional energy efficiency incentive programs that provide rebates to business customers based on the type of upgrades installed, rather than on the actual savings. The pay-for-performance model in Business Energy Pro is intended to incent energy efficiency service providers and customers to choose comprehensive packages of energy efficiency upgrades.
NYSERDA will make available approximately $10 million from the Clean Energy Fund for the program under which competitively selected energy efficiency service providers will be paid for demonstrated energy savings from small-to-medium businesses who implement energy efficiency projects. Given the current natural gas constraint in parts of Westchester County, Business Energy Pro places special emphasis on gas reductions by offering increased incentives during the peak winter months in this area.
Business Energy Pro will target approximately 60,000 Con Edison small and medium-sized business customers in Staten Island and Westchester County, the areas where Con Edison first began to install smart meters.
NYSERDA anticipates using data and experience from the program to design pay-for-performance energy efficiency programs for residential and commercial customers in other parts of the state with the potential to inform longer-term strategies statewide.
To access the Business Energy Pro RFP, visit NYSERDA’s website. More information on the program can also be found on Con Edison’s Business Energy Pro webpage.
About the Clean Energy Fund
The 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund (CEF) is a core component of New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to achieve a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. The CEF includes a focused effort to bring more clean energy opportunities and benefits to low- to moderate-income communities and is designed to deliver on New York State's commitment to accelerate the use of clean energy and energy innovation and drive economic development, while reducing ratepayer collections. NY Green Bank, a core component of the CEF, has generated $59.8 million in positive net income as a result of $737.6 million in investments in clean energy transactions across New York. The $1 billion NY-Sun initiative has already helped facilitate a nearly 1,700 percent increase in solar deployment since 2011. The CEF supports the proposed increase in New York's Clean Energy Standard requiring 70 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030 as part of Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading Green New Deal.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
About Con Edison
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $56 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.5 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y. For financial, operations and customer service information, visit conEd.com. For energy efficiency information, visit coned.com/energyefficiency. Also, visit us on Twitter and Facebook.
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