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by Tracy Will
Wed, Jun 16th 2010 08:15 am


The highlight of National Grid's 2010 Energy Efficiency Expo was the announcement of their new Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs that began in March of this year.  This announcement was received by more than 200 of their largest energy customers from the WNY area who attended the event on June 9th.  CIR is ready to help our customers receive these incentives while making energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities.

This program is part of an effort to help more energy customers in New York State make energy-efficient improvements to their buildings and is funded by the same System Benefit Charge shown on utility bills as other programs.  National Grid is offering several programs to reach as many of its customers as possible, but the lighting and custom projects incentives for large businesses is where CIR can do the most to help our customers.

The Large Business Programs are open to National Grid customers that have an average demand use of 100 kilowatts (kW) or more who will be making energy-efficient upgrades to their existing facilities.  (See "Billed Demand Last 12 Months" in the blue column towards the bottom of page 1 of your National Grid bill for your facility's average demand.)  Incentive applications must be pre-approved by National Grid before installation of upgrades, including pre- and post-installation inspections of the equipment or systems being upgraded.  CIR is prepared to complete the application pre-approval process for our customers so that they can take advantage of these valuable incentives.

The Lighting Systems and Controls Incentive Program has an extensive list of fixtures and lighting controls that carry incentives ranging from $10 to $150 per fixture or device installed.  Additional requirements exist based on annual usage, performance and watts saved per fixture or device.  The Custom Energy Efficient Projects Program includes energy-saving installations and upgrades of equipment like variable frequency drives and building control systems that would have a unique design based on a specific facility.  These kinds of systems have the potential to save customers a great deal of energy, and as such, incentives are based on system performance.

National Grid's Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs are designed to help as many of their customers as possible to defray some of the costs of making energy-efficient upgrades to their facilities while obtaining the maximum energy savings benefits for their particular applications, reducing overall energy demand.  CIR is in position to assist National Grid and all of our valued customers in reaching their energy reduction goals.

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