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Financial Incentive Program

Place New York

Name Existing Facilities Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Installer/Contractor, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Clothes Washers, Custom/Others pending approval, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Equipment Insulation, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motor VFDs, Motors, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Programmable Thermostats, Steam-system upgrades, LED Exit Signs, Commercial Cooking Equipment, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Data Center Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Room Air Conditioners, Interval Meters
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
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)
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

Eligible System Size Performance-Based Incentives: $30,000 minimum incentive (smaller projects may use pre-qualified incentives)

Equipment Requirements Vary by measure

Expiration Date 2015-12-31 (or until funding exhausted)

Funding Source Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS)

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

Program Budget Electric: $107 million (2012 - 2015)

Gas: $4.9 million (2013 - 2015)

Program Administrator New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Website http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/en/Commercial-and-Industrial/CI-Programs/Existing-Facilities-Program.aspx
Date added to DSIRE 2008-07-16
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-11
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


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.

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 (National Fuel customers only), 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 seeProgram Opportunity Notice (PON) 1219 for additional program contacts.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Eric Mazzone
Department New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Address 17 Columbia Circle

Place Albany, New York
Zip/Postal Code 12203-6399
Phone (866) 697-3732 Ext:3371
Phone 2 (518) 862-1090
Fax (518) 862-1091
Email efm@nyserda.ny.gov
Website http://www.nyserda.ny.gov

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"