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RG&E Offering Up to $2.4 Million for Next Round of Nonresidential Energy-Saving Program

Rochester, NY – RG&E, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is again looking for innovative project proposals from nonresidential customers or third-party aggregators working with nonresidential customers to save up to 8,578,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of electricity. RG&E has up to $2.4 million in incentives to help pay for energy-saving projects. Each proposed project must save at least 100,000 kwh of electricity and deliver the energy savings no later than 12 months following execution of a contract to implement the project. Project proposals that save the most energy at the least cost will receive funding.

“Energy conservation is important to us, and we join the Public Service Commission in encouraging all customers to increase efficiency and save energy,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “This block bidding program encourages nonresidential customers to submit innovative energy-saving proposals for evaluation and possible funding.”

Block bidding proposals will be evaluated and selected in a sealed-bid, pay-as-bid auction. While RG&E will review all ideas – the more innovative the better – some examples of potential block bidding proposals are:

• A large nonresidential renovation project that doesn't fit neatly into another RG&E lighting or rebate program and includes multiple energy-saving measures such as lighting and heating/ventilating/air conditioning upgrades.

• An aggregated bid submitted by a third party for a number of nonresidential customers whose combined energy saving projects such as lighting retrofits, chiller upgrades, variable speed motor drives, etc. meet the 100,000-kwh minimum.

Previous Block Bidding Results
Since the first block bidding request for proposals was issued in February 2010, NYSEG and RG&E have funded approximately $9 million in energy-saving projects that will save 35 million kwh of electricity among nonresidential customers. The winning bids represent more than 150 projects from more than 60 different customers across the NYSEG and RG&E service areas. (RG&E projects alone account for $4 million and 19 million kwh of energy savings.)

How to Apply
RG&E nonresidential customers and third-party aggregators can obtain a copy of the Request for Proposals by completing an online request form (Request for Information) no later than March 11, 2013.

This grant program is funded by the System Benefits Charge on nonresidential customers’ electricity bills.