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RG&E Announces Ninth Round of Block Bidding for Nonresidential Energy-Saving Projects

Rochester, NY – RG&E, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is again looking for innovative project proposals for up to 8,489,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy savings from nonresidential customers or third-party aggregators working with nonresidential customers.

“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 and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “Our block bidding programs encourage nonresidential customers to submit innovative energy-saving proposals for evaluation and we will fund the projects that create the largest energy savings for the least cost.”

Proposal Requirements
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 in this ninth round of the Block Bidding Program.

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.

How to Apply
RG&E nonresidential customers and third-party aggregators can obtain a copy of the Request for Proposal by completing an online request-for-information form no later than October 24, 2014. The form is available at: http://www.rge.com/UsageAndSafety/usingenergywisely/eeps/blockbid.html

Previous Block Bidding Results  
Since the first RFP was issued in February 2010, NYSEG and RG&E have approved approximately $10 million for nonresidential energy efficiency projects that will save 45 million kWh of electricity. The winning bids represent nearly 160 projects from more than 70 customers across the NYSEG and RG&E service areas.