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Programs and Technical Assistance in New York

Geoexchange in New York

In 1999, the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium launched an initiative to transform the commercial, institutional and industrial building market with Geoexchange technology. This effort was through funding from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). Phase 1 of the program was aimed at increasing customer awareness of geothermal heat pumps by building knowledge, expertise and acceptance among architects and engineers in New York. The program was designed to provide outreach and technology transfer activities, including strategic outreach, design assistance and technical workshops.

A Cost-Effective Program for New Yorkers

Phase I
According to NYSERDA the New York Energy $martSM program is attracting significant external spending in terms of co-funded and leveraged dollars. Under Phase 1, those who received funding for design assistance on Geoexchange projects are anticipated to invest $37.1 million to install the systems. The ratio of external spending to New York Energy $martSM funding for the Geoexchange program is 117.4 to 1.

In April, 2001, New York Governor George E. Pataki highlighted the importance of Geoexchange.

"New York continues to lead the nation in promoting new and alternative energy sources that help protect and enhance the quality of our environment. Geothermal technology offers one of the most environmentally friendly means of heating and cooling buildings while also lowering energy costs for New York's consumers. This promising technology can play an important role in our efforts to ensure we have the power we need to continue to create jobs and offer consumers new ways to save money. Whether it's solar power or geothermal technology, we must continue to expand the menu of energy options for all New Yorkers."

Phase II
To illustrate his commitment to the development of clean alternative energy sources, Governor Pataki further announced that the state will commit $250,000 to support the efforts of the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium to expand the use of Geoexchange throughout New York state.

Phase II of the program was announced on Earth Day 2001 when Governor Pataki announced that New York would be providing $250,000 to: “…continue education and outreach efforts undertaken by the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium throughout the State. The additional funding will enable the [GHPC] to further its efforts to build the infrastructure for geothermal heat pump technology in the State.”

NYSERDA president William M. Flynn, said, "With the Governor's support, NYSERDA is eager to continue and expand our efforts to bring energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to the forefront and allow New York State to reap the energy, environmental, and economic benefits the technology offers."

Under Phase II, GHPC will concentrate on the development of a local New York Geoexchange infrastructure, which is necessary to create a viable and self-sufficient statewide market. Our involvement will also consist of strategic outreach, program communication and the development of a plan for establishing a statewide Geoexchange program.

The continued involvement of GHPC on Phase II of the project will result in the installation of an estimated 15,000 tons of Geoexchange capacity within a two-year period. By the year 2003 New York will begin reducing electricity consumption and reaping environmental benefits of these systems, which will provide 39,93,276 kWh of electricity savings in the year 2003 and a demand reduction of 13,215 kW. This installed capacity will reduce CO2 emissions in New York by 29,358 metric tons annually and produce the equivalent of 8,007 tons of carbon reduction. These savings can be expressed as the equivalent of removing 6,473 cars from the road or planting 4,012 acres of new trees. GHPC estimates that by the year 2012 a cumulative total of 388,842 tons of new Geoexchange capacity will be installed in New York State.

These estimates do not count additional installations that are the result of market transformation rather than the outcome of our direct involvement such as training and support.For additional information on NYSERDA and its program, go to www.nyserda.org.

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New York Energy $mart (SM) Loan Fund

The New York Energy $mart (SM) Loan Fund program is offered for the purpose of providing an interest rate reduction up to 4.0% (400 basis points) off a participating lender's normal loan interest rate for a term up to 10 years on loans for certain energy-efficiency improvements and/or renewable technologies. Special terms apply for the Liberty Zone.

To qualify for the New York Energy $mart (SM) Loan Fund program, facilities installing energy-efficiency improvements and/or renewable technologies must be assessed by the System Benefits Charge in one of the following New York State investor-owned utilities territories: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc., New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, or Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. The borrower must be approved for financing through a lending institution (i,e., bank, credit union) or leasing company that participates in the program.

Residential borrowers (1-4 family homes) can qualify for reduced interest rates on secured loans (effective on or after April 1, 2004) up to $20,000 used to finance certain energy-efficient improvements which have been pre-qualified by NYSERDA. These improvements will be installed by Building Performance Institute (BPI) - Certified Home Performance Contractor with the exception of loans for the purchase of Energy Star Appliances, grid connected photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, and heat pump hot water heaters. These above-mentioned improvements may be financed by loans obtained on a secured and unsecured basis.

Other borrowers (other than 1-4 family homes) can qualify for reduced interest rates on loans to improve multifamily buildings (five or more residential units), manufacturing facilities, business offices, retail storefronts, or manufacturing processes. The maximum loan amount that may be subsidized under this program for multifamily buildings is $5,000 per residential unit, up to $5,000,000, and up to $1,500,000 for other facilities.

Funding for the New York Energy $mart (SM) Loan Fund program is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information about this program is available by visiting: http://www.nyserda.org/loanfund/default.asp

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New Construction Program

The New Construction Program (NCP) can provide assistance to incorporate energy-efficiency measures into the design, construction, and operation of new and substantially renovated buildings. These measures are designed to save energy through reduced electric demand, and therefore reduce building operating costs.

This program includes:

  • Technical Assistance is available to help evaluate energy-efficiency measures and provide guidance to your design team on incorporating new and emerging energy-efficient technologies into your building.
  • Funding is available to offset the additional costs associated with the purchase and installation of approved equipment.
  • Assistance may also be available for commissioning services, advanced solar, daylighting technologies, and green building opportunities.

Eligible Applicants are New York State electricity distribution customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. and Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation who own commercial, industrial, institutional, not-for-profits, multifamily (five units or more), and health care facilities. Public and private schools, colleges, and universities, as well as State and local governments are also eligible.

To learn more, visit the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority's website at http://www.nyserda.org/programs/New_Construction/default.asp

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Technical Assistance Program

New York State (NYS) industrial and commercial facilities, State and local governments, not-for-profit and private institutions, public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, multifamily buildings greater than five units, and health care facilities. Participants should be New York State electric distribution system customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., and Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation.

NYSERDA offers assistance in the following areas:

  • Energy Feasibility Studies. These studies evaluate improving the energy efficiency of a facility by identifying cost-effective measures, which in turn increase productivity and economic competitiveness. Types of assistance eligible for funding will generally be in the categories of energy efficient equipment replacement and evaluating energy-related process improvements.
  • Rate Analysis and Aggregation Studies. These projects analyze rates, load shape(s), and energy service aggregation opportunities. The goal is to help customers become more energy-efficient, and obtain a better understanding of their energy consumption, time of use, and purchase options through cost-effective procurement practices. Examples of projects eligible for funding include: analysis of customer baselines/loads/rates; technical assistance to help customers to prepare for negotiations with power marketers; advice on load aggregation an energy efficiency projects from energy service companies (ESCOs) with respect to potential performance contracting opportunities; and aggregating customers to purchase energy.
  • Energy Retro-Commissioning (RCx). These projects can include analyzing and evaluating procedures, which reduce energy consumption and costs by identifying operational efficiency improvements. Retro commissioning is a systematic process that optimizes the performance of an existing building or system. RCx does not include replacement of significant HVAC or other building components, but rather focuses on the verification of proper control strategies, sequence of operations, operations and maintenance plans, and other building or system optimization strategies.
  • Long-Term Energy Management . These projects develop long-term capital budget strategies for the systematic replacement or upgrade of energy consuming and capital-intensive systems. They evaluate the current condition of the existing equipment, its expected useful life and energy efficient replacement alternatives as a basis for a long-term capital budget strategy.

NYSERDA can provide a consultant through its Flexible Technical (FlexTech) Assistance program, which offers the same services as the standard Technical Assistance program. Or, customers can work with a consultant of their choosing under the standard Technical Assistance program.

Reference www.nyserda.org/programs/flextech.asp if you are interested in using the FlexTech program, or for more information.

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Flexible Technical Assistance (FlexTech)

FlexTech's primary focus is to increase productivity and economic competitiveness by identifying and encouraging implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency measures. NYSERDA has contracted with engineering firms that were competitively selected through an RFP process, to provide a variety of technical assistance services to New York State companies, custom-tailored to their energy-related needs. These services are provided on a cost-shared basis, and include:

  • Engineering feasibility and technical assistance studies
  • Detailed analysis of specific energy efficiency projects
  • Process improvement
  • Rate analysis, load shapes, and energy service aggregation
  • Engineering in support of project-financing proposals
  • Development of long term capital budget strategies for the upgrade or replacement of energy-consuming equipment
  • Retro-Commissioning of energy-efficiency measures in existing buildings


Eligible applicants include New York State (NYS) industrial and commercial facilities, State and local governments, not-for-profit and private institutions, public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, multifamily buildings with greater than five (5) units, and health care facilities.

Reference www.nyserda.org/programs/flextech.asp if you are interested in using the FlexTech program, or for more information.

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Smart Equipment Choices Program

The Smart Equipment Choices Program is designed to accelerate the incorporation of energy-efficient equipment in small renovation and equipment replacement projects in commercial, industrial, institutional, agricultural, governmental and multifamily (defined as five units or more) buildings. The goal of the program is to produce a permanent improvement in "standard" equipment specification by encouraging the purchase and installation of energy-efficient equipment resulting in reduced electrical demand and cost in New York State.

NYSERDA has available up to $1,200,000 for the Smart Equipment Choices Program under PON 912. The maximum incentive has been increased to $10,000 per applicant during this program period for equipment purchased and installed from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005.

Businesses, not-for-profit and private institutions, public and private schools, colleges and universities, health-care facilities, and State and local governments are eligible for this program. Eligible customers are electricity distribution customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., and Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation who pay the System Benefits Charge (SBC).

Eligible Projects may include the replacement of existing electrical equipment in buildings, installation of electrical equipment as part of a building renovation of an existing and occupied structure or of a vacant structure, installation of electrical equipment in a new building or addition, or the installation of electrical equipment that is not integrated into the building electrical system, but is electric grid-dependent.

Eligible Equipment includes lighting and controls, unitary HVAC, differential enthalpy economizer controls, demand control ventilation sensors, motors, variable speed drives, commercial refrigeration, coin-operated clothes washers, or heat pump water heaters.

Reference www.nyserda.org/Programs/SmartEC/default.asp for more information about the Smart Equipment Choices Program.

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Long Island Power Authority Geothermal System Rebate Program

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is offering rebates to residential and nonresidential customers who incorporate geothermal heat pumps into their homes and commercial facilities.

For residential facilities, LIPA is offering a rebate of $600-$800 per ton for new installations and $150-$250 per ton for retrofit installations. This program will end December 31, 2006.

For more information, call the Long Island Public Power Authority at (800) 692-2626 or visit their website at www.lipower.org.

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