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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Existing Facilities Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/18/2014
Program Overview:
State: New York
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Equipment Insulation, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Steam-system upgrades, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motors, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Room Air Conditioners, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Data Center Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Interval Meters
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Installer/Contractor, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Pre-qualified Measures: Varies
Electric Efficiency: $0.12 per kWh (upstate), $0.16 per kWh (downstate)
Natural Gas Efficiency: $15/MMBtu (upstate), $20/MMBtu (downstate)
Energy Storage: $300 per kW (upstate), $600 per kW (downstate)
Demand Response: $100 per kW (upstate), $200 per kW (downstate); Bonus incentives available
Industrial Process Efficiency (IPE): Same as electric and natural gas performance incentives
Operational Changes (as part of IPE): $0.05/kWh (electric) and $6/MMBtu (gas)
Monitoring-Based Commissioning: $0.05/kWh
Super-Efficient Chiller Bonus: $1,400/kW (full load) or $1,000/kW (NLPV)
Demand Response Fleet Integrated Room AC Bonus: $100/kW
Demand Response Fleet Integrated Load Shedding Ballast Bonus: $50/kW
Maximum Incentive:Pre-Qualified Measures (General): $30,000 (electric and gas)
Electric Efficiency and Energy Storage: 50% of cost or $2 million
Natural Gas Efficiency: 50% of cost or $200,000
Demand Response: 75% of cost or $2 million (limit also applies to combined performance based efficiency and demand response measures)
Industrial Process Efficiency: 50% of cost or $5 million
Monitoring-Based Commissioning: 50% or cost or $500,000
Demand Response Fleet Integrated Room AC Bonus: $350,000
Demand Response Fleet Integrated Load Shedding Ballast Bonus: $150,000
Eligible System Size:Performance-Based Incentives: $30,000 minimum incentive (smaller projects may use pre-qualified incentives)
Equipment Requirements:Vary by measure
Funding Source:Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS)
Program Budget:Electric: $107 million (2012 - 2015)
Gas: $4.9 million (2013 - 2015)
Expiration Date:12/31/2015 (or until funding is exhausted)
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The NYSERDA Existing Facilities program merges the former Peak Load Reduction and Enhanced Commercial and Industrial Performance programs. The new program offers a broad array of different incentives to electricity and natural gas customers within the state that pay the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Energy service companies (ESCOs) that implement efficiency measures for eligible customers are likewise eligible. Both pre-qualified equipment rebates and performance based rebates are offered under this program, as described below. Projects with a simple payback greater than 18 years, or less than 1 year (or 6 months for manufacturing and data center projects) are not eligible for incentives.This summary is provided for rebate component of the program, please visit Existing Building performance based  program site for summary on performance based component of the program. 

Pre-qualified Measures
The pre-qualified equipment category is designed to support comparatively small electric and natural gas efficiency projects through fixed $/unit equipment rebates. The general technologies covered by the pre-qualified designation are as follows: lighting, HVAC, chillers, motors, variable frequency drives, interval meters, natural gas equipment, commercial washing equipment, commercial refrigeration, and commercial kitchen equipment. Pre-qualified applications should be sent within 90 days of the invoice for purchase and installation of the equipment. Incentives are limited to $30,000 per facility per year for electric efficiency incentives and $30,000 per facility per year for natural gas efficiency incentives.

Performance-based Incentives 
This category of incentives is generally oriented towards large improvement projects. Performance incentives are available for electric efficiency, natural gas efficiency, energy storage, demand response, monitoring-based commissioning, and industrial and process efficiency (Industrial and Process Efficiency Program details). Performance incentives are awarded as one-time payments based on the expected first-year savings offered by a given improvement. Customers of downstate utilities (defined as Consolidated Edison and National Grid) are generally eligible for higher incentives than customers of other utilities. Each category of performance incentive is governed by a distinct set of eligibility limits, incentive limitations, equipment requirements, and other rules. Some of the basic program rules are described in the fields above this summary.

The general deadline for applications under this program is December 31, 2015, or until program funding is exhausted. Please consult the program website for additional rules and application information or see Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 1219 for additional program contacts. Applicants can also consider NYSERDA’s FlexTech Program to see if they qualify for subsidized technical assistance. 

  Eric Mazzone
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
Phone: (866) 697-3732 Ext.3371
Phone 2: (518) 862-1090
Fax: (518) 862-1091
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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