Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) Program

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Tired of fixing equipment after unexpected breakdowns? Need a better way to justify capital improvements? Looking for actionable insights on how to make your building operate more efficiently? The next generation of smart building technology is here. Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) systems transform the way you manage, consume, and buy energy—continuously monitoring and pulling your building’s current and historical performance data into one location through a cloud-based system. This can be integrated with an on-site system.

When You Should Consider RTEM

RTEM may be good for your business or property if you are looking to:

  • Install or upgrade a building automation system
  • Identify inefficiencies that result in costly increases to energy usage
  • Stay competitive alongside the new construction market
  • Understand the true cost per sq. ft. of a building
  • Leverage cloud-based AI to strategically plan capital improvements, such as heating and cooling system upgrades
  • Effortlessly manage energy consumption on a granular level
  • Manage multiple systems and equipment from one central screen or single pane of glass
  • Diagnose faulty system equipment in real time

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How the Program Works

For businesses looking to take advantage of this cutting-edge technology, NYSERDA is offering a 30 percent cost-share incentive for RTEM project expenses. These include hardware, installation, and five years of ongoing support from energy experts. That means that 30 percent of all eligible costs are guaranteed to be covered up front, so you won’t pay full price or need to wait for rebates.

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Eligibility Requirements

Businesses must fit into one of these categories:

  • New York State commercial facilitiesEligible commercial facilities include, but are not limited to, office buildings, retail buildings, colleges and universities, healthcare facilities, state and local government buildings, not-for-profit and private institutions, and public and private K-12 schools.

    Higher education institutions must be REV Campus Challenge members to be eligible to apply. Any higher education institution in New York State can become a REV Campus Challenge member.
  • New York State industrial facilitiesEligible industrial facilities include facilities involved in manufacturing, forest products, food and beverage processing, mining and extraction, and more.
  • New York State multifamily buildings with five or more units, including rentals, cooperatives, and condominiums

Businesses must also pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC).NYSERDA is primarily funded by state ratepayers through the System Benefits Charge (SBC ) on their electric utility bill. These funds support energy efficiency programs, research and development initiatives, low-income energy programs, and environmental disclosure activities.

Customers of the following utilities pay into the SBC on their electric utility bill.

Get Started

NYSERDA qualifies vendors who are experts in delivering the highest-quality RTEM service for your building. Our partnered vendors offer advice and support throughout the project—from installation to continued monitoring and optimization. Get started by selecting a NYSERDA-qualified RTEM vendor, view frequently asked questions about how RTEM systems work, or explore success stories of businesses that have benefited from RTEM systems.

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