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residential agricultural discount – eligibility and FAQs

Residential Agricultural Discount Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive the Residential Agricultural Discount?
You’re eligible to receive the monthly discount if you meet the two conditions below:

  1. You have an active residential electric service account with RG&E billed under service classification PSC 19 SC1 or SC4 noted after Electricity Service on page 3 of your bill. Learn how to find your service classification
  2. You have submitted one of the following forms (supporting documentation) with your most recently filed federal tax return:

How do I apply?
By completing a Residential Agricultural Discount application and submitting it to RG&E along with your supporting documentation.   

How can I submit my application to RG&E?
Submit your completed application and supporting documentation to RG&E via:

How much is the Residential Agricultural Discount, and how is it calculated and reflected on my bill?
The discount amount will be calculated each month and will vary based on how many people participate, the amount of electricity used by each participant and available funds from the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Recharge NY program. 

The discount amount is then multiplied by your monthly billed kilowatt-hours and your discount will appear as a credit in a separate line item, “Res agricultural discount,” under the “Electricity Delivery Charges” noted on page 3 of your RG&E bill. The credit will not exceed the net total monthly electricity delivery charges.

When does the discount begin?
The 2017-2018 discount begins with meter readings on or after September 1, 2017. However, you must submit your application by July 1, 2017, to start receiving the discount in September 2017. 

Can I apply after the July 1 deadline?
Yes. Applications will be accepted for the discount after July 1; however, such applications may not be processed until after the September 1 start date. Please allow up to 3 months for processing. The Residential Agricultural Discount is not retroactive.

How long will I receive the discount?
The program will be administered on an annual basis, September 1 through August 31, with the monthly discount provided until funding is no longer available through NYPA. It’s necessary to reapply by July 1 each year to confirm continued eligibility.

If I generate my own electricity, am I eligible?
Yes. If you generate your own electricity and participate in net metering, the discount will be applied to the electricity delivery portion supplied by RG&E after all net metering credits have been applied.