Con Edison of New York and Orange and Rockland’s energy efficiency, targeted demand-side management and demand-response programs help customers manage their energy use, save money on their energy bills, and reduce their environmental footprint. Con Edison has approved more than 250,000 projects for incentives and rebates through its New York State Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard programs. From 2009 through 2012, Con Edison’s energy-efficiency programs and targeted demand-side management program reduced annual customer energy use by approximately 692,000 MWh and 436,000 DTHs.
Collectively, these permanent energy savings are avoiding the release of approximately 244,000 tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year. Additionally, enrollment in the company’s demand-response programs grew by more than 10 percent from 2011 to 2012. These programs have enrolled 345 MW and engaged more than 26,000 customers.
Con Edison of New York and Orange and Rockland have an energy-saving program for every type of customer, including rebates for equipment upgrades in reliability-constrained neighborhoods, free smart thermostats, incentives for small and large businesses and low-cost energy surveys. We promote offerings through our Green Team advertising campaign, direct to customers and in traditional and social media including our popular Power of Green Facebook page.
In addition to its customer-focused programs, Con Edison is also a leading provider of energy-efficiency services nationwide through its Con Edison Solutions subsidiary. The company’s projects are generating significant energy savings for customers including the U.S. Postal Service, school districts, and the U.S. Department of Defense. A large project in Miami, FL, for example, is reducing the facility's energy use by nearly 16 percent.
Through Con Edison programs, customers are empowered to take control of their energy use, better manage their utility bills, and reduce their environmental impact. Residential programs include:
Collectively, Con Edison of New York’s residential energy efficiency programs are reducing overall electricity use by 130,000 MWh annually. The company’s residential demand-response programs shaved peak load by 56 MW in 2012 and kept critical equipment from overloading on the hottest days of the summer.
These programs give business owners and facilities managers the tools they need to manage their energy use to best meet the needs of their businesses. Commercial and industrial programs include:
Collectively, Con Edison of New York’s commercial and industrial energy-efficiency programs are reducing the region’s electricity use by 560,000 MWh annually. The company’s commercial and industrial demand-response programs shaved peak load by nearly 350 MW in 2012. Orange and Rockland’s Lighten Up and Big Energy Savings programs have engaged many local businesses, providing free assessments to small businesses and covering 100 percent of the cost for certain efficiency upgrades.
Additionally, through its Targeted Steam A/C Program, Con Edison of New York now offers incentives to reduce or avoid peak demand growth through incentives to customers who replace their end-of-life steam chillers with new steam chillers, switch from electric chillers to steam chillers, or install steam chillers in lieu of electric chillers in new construction or major renovation projects.