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NYSEG Offering up to $3,000,000 in Energy Efficiency Grant Money
Block Bidding Program Is for Nonresidential Energy-Saving Projects

Rochester, NY – NYSEG, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is again looking for innovative project proposals for up to 8,578,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of energy savings from nonresidential customers or third-party aggregators working with nonresidential customers.

NYSEG has up to $3,000,000 in available incentives to help pay for energy efficiency projects. 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.

“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.

Previous Round Block Bidding Results
Since the first RFP was issued in February, 2010, NYSEG together with RG&E, have approved approximately $10 million for nonresidential energy efficiency proposals that will save 42 million kwh of electricity. The winning bids represent over 200 projects from more than 70 different customers across the RG&E and NYSEG service areas. (NYSEG projects account for $5 million and 16 million kwh energy savings.)

How to Apply
NYSEG nonresidential customers and third-party aggregators can obtain a copy of the Request for Proposal by completing an online request form (Request for Information) no later than August 16, 2013. The form is available at:

http://www.nyseg.com/UsageAndSafety/usingenergywisely/eeps/blockbid.html

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