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NYSEG/RG&E Energy Efficiency Block Bidding Program Awards $2.5 Million, Saves 12.7 Million Kilowatt-Hours of Electricity
Next Round of Nonresidential Energy-Saving Block Bidding Begins

Rochester, NY – (July 27, 2011) NYSEG and RG&E recently awarded nearly $2.5 million for 22 nonresidential energy efficiency projects which will save more than 12.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, and eliminate approximately 6,350 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The two companies also announced the start of the next round of their Block Bidding Program.

The winning bids from the previous round were selected from 25 projects submitted by six bidders representing 115 customer locations across New York State, and included a variety of lighting, motor, variable speed drive and heating/ventilating/air conditioning (HVAC) energy efficiency measures.

“Energy conservation is important to us. 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. “Our block bidding programs allow nonresidential customers to submit innovative energy-saving proposals for evaluation and we will fund the projects that create the biggest energy savings for the least cost.”

The third round of block bidding is now open, and NYSEG and RG&E are soliciting proposals from nonresidential customers and third-party aggregators for funding consideration. To be eligible, energy efficiency projects must save a minimum of 100,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of electricity and be permanent and sustainable. Proposed energy savings must be delivered by October 31, 2012.  Project proposals that save the most energy at the least cost will receive funding. All bids will be considered, and successful proposals will be awarded funding as bid. 

Some examples of successful block bidding proposals from the past are:
• A large renovation project that didn’t fit neatly into an existing NYSEG or RG&E lighting or rebate program and included multiple energy-saving provisions including high-efficiency lighting installation and HVAC upgrades.

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

To learn more about block bidding and find out how to participate in this next round of the program, visit our websites.
• NYSEG nonresidential customers and third-party aggregators need to complete an online request form (Intent to Bid) no later than August 10, 2011. The form is available at www.nyseg.com (click on “Energy Efficiency Incentives” and then on “Block  Bidding”).

• RG&E nonresidential customers and third-party aggregators need to complete an online request form (Intent to Bid) no later than August 10, 2011. The form is available at www.rge.com (click on “Energy Efficiency Incentives” and then on “Block Bidding”).

• View questions and answers on the Block Bidding Program: http://bit.ly/og5k6I.

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