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NYSEG Soliciting Bids for Fourth Round of Nonresidential Energy-Saving Program

Rochester, NY – NYSEG, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is again looking for innovative project proposals for up to 4,289,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of energy savings from nonresidential customers or third-party aggregators working with nonresidential customers. 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 fourth round of NYSEG’s Block Bidding Program.  

“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. “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.”

Block bidding proposals will be evaluated and selected in a sealed-bid, pay-as-bid auction. While NYSEG 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 NYSEG 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. 

Third-Round Block Bidding Results  
NYSEG, together with RG&E, have recently approved nearly $3.5 million for nonresidential energy efficiency proposals that will save more than 13 million kwh of electricity through December 2012. The winning bids are from a pool of third-round bids that included 40 projects from 17 customer locations across the NYSEG and RG&E service areas. (NYSEG projects account for $1.6 million of the $3.5 million and 5.5 million kwh of the 13 million kwh of energy savings.)

How to Apply
• NYSEG nonresidential customers and third-party aggregators can obtain a copy of the Request for Proposals by completing an online request form (Intent to Bid) no later than June 5, 2012. This grant program is funded by the System Benefits Charge on nonresidential customers’ electricity bills.