programs and incentives

RG&E offers incentives in the form of rate discounts and funding assistance to help make upstate New York an attractive place to
do business. 
We intend to play a viable role in encouraging business to remain in
New York State and to attract new companies to our region.

After careful review of the program requirements, you may complete our online pre-application form. We will contact you to discuss your project.


Economic Development Programs

Capital Investment Incentive Program
RG&E will provide grants to fund improvements for electric-related infrastructure for certain business projects that involve major capital investment. This funding may be on equipment either owned by RG&E or the customer (as directed by RG&E). This program supports
both business attraction and expansion projects that involve an existing or prospective customer with a monthly incremental electric demand after capital investment of at least
100 kilowatts (kw). To be eligible, total project cost must also involve capital investment
of at least $1 million.

Utility Infrastructure Investment Program
RG&E will provide funding for new electric-related infrastructure to assist in the development of certain sites or buildings. These sites represent the service area's best potential for development opportunities. Primary focus is on sites which are: state-designated as Shovel Ready, located in an Empire Zone, part of the City of Rochester Renewal Community, or included in RG&E's own Prime Sites Program. Other sites will be considered based on economic impact to the community. This program supports both business attraction and expansion projects that involve an existing or prospective customer with a monthly incremental electric demand after capital investment of at least 100 kilowatts (kw). To be eligible, total project cost must also involve capital investment of at least $1 million.

Brownfield/Building Redevelopment Program
RG&E will provide on a per project basis, grants to fund electric-related infrastructure improvements and other costs necessary for the redevelopment of brownfields or vacant buildings. The program will target Empire Zones or qualified areas in the City of Rochester designated as a Renewal Community. Funds may only be utilized for up to 10% of the redevelopment costs and cannot exceed the estimated cost of the electric delivery-related infrastructure improvements.

Business Energy Efficiency Assistance Program
RG&E is partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on several programs to encourage energy efficiency. Under these NYSERDA programs, the applicant will be required to make their own financial contribution of at least
33 1/3% to the total investment made. Through NYSERDA's Energy Audit Program, RG&E will provide up to 50% matching funds, with a $10,000 maximum contribution against the total investment made as a result of an energy audit.

Through either NYSERDA's Flexible Technical Assistance Program (Flex Tech) or New Construction Program, RG&E will pay up to 33 1/3% of the cost of a feasibility study or analysis, not to exceed $20,000 per study/analysis. If the applicant decides to make investments as a result of a study or analysis, RG&E will provide up to $50,000 toward total investment made.

For more information on NYSERDA's programs, visit their Web site.

Economic Development Outreach Program
RG&E may supplement other economic development funding, on a per-initiative basis, for strategic outreach initiatives that will primarily focus on attracting new business investment to the RG&E service area.

Note: Annual spending limits exist for each program; therefore, RG&E may not be able to fund all applicants. Contact RG&E's Economic Development Department for details.

Pricing and Incentive Programs

Empire Zone Incentive
Businesses that are Empire Zone certified by New York State are eligible for a discounted electricity and natural gas delivery rate on new load for up to 10 years, providing that the customer's certificate remains valid. A new Empire Zone customer is eligible for the reduced delivery rate on 100% of their demand and energy consumption. An existing RG&E customer located in or moving into a Zone is eligible for the discounted rate on qualified load. Qualified load is electric demand (kw) or natural gas usage (therms) that exceed a predetermined baseline (historical) usage by 25%. For more information on the NYS Empire Zone program, visit their Web site.

Incremental Load Rate Incentive
Businesses that add a minimum of 25 kilowatts (kw) of electric load may be eligible for a discounted electricity delivery rate for a four-year term. The rate is limited to businesses in the following industries: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining, Manufacturing, Wholesale trade-durable goods, Wholesale trade non-durable goods, Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate or Business Services. Application to this rate program ends December 31, 2012.

Power for Jobs (PFJ)
Provides low-cost electricity from the New York Power Authority for qualifying businesses that expand or remain in New York State. PFJ is designed to assist New York State businesses that are at risk of closing or downsizing their operations or moving out of the state. Pricing varies depending on a customer's usage pattern, power need, and the delivery cost. To learn if you might be eligible for this program, visit NYPA's Web site.

Competitive Pricing: Electricity and Natural Gas
Under special tariffs, RG&E can provide negotiated prices to new customers or for qualified expansions by existing customers. Eligibility is contingent upon your having a competitive alternative to RG&E and minimum connected load.

For further information about RG&E’s programs, call us at 1.800.456.5153 or e-mail us.

NYS Info
There are also a number of tax credit incentives available to companies at both the State and local levels. To learn more about business taxes in New York State take a look at the Department of Taxation Web site.