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Commercial System Relief Program

Here’s a simple fact: the cheapest power is the power you don’t use.

Using less power pays off in multiple ways; lower bills for you and more stable costs for everyone since it reduces the need to build new power plants. These new programs will actually reward you for using less power.

There are two components that each has a double reward, in addition to energy savings, for helping to reduce demand for electricity at critical times:

  • Commercial System Relief Program
  • Distribution Load Relief Program

You can receive a monthly payment for a few months each year simply for committing to temporarily reduce your electric demand by a certain level of kilowatts (kW), no more than a few times per year. You may even be able to work with third-parties, known as “aggregators,” that bring multiple businesses together and commit to a certain kW reduction. You’d be asked in advance to reduce electric demand for a certain period of time, typically less than four hours. During such an event, you’d receive another payment for your participation. Of course, reducing your electric use will also reduce your bill. Our program will work in conjunction with a similar program run by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).

How's it work?

Like rush hour on the road, there are peak times when the need for electricity is great enough to strain the electric system. It can become necessary to build additional capacity into the system or even new power plants – like adding lanes to a highway. As you can imagine, that’s very costly. It’s far more cost-effective to reduce the use of power than to produce more of it.

On the roads, one way to reduce the strain is with carpooling. Our new programs will pool together customers who agree to reduce their electric use – and reward them for doing so. 

While this offers a direct benefit to you, everyone wins because the end result is a more efficient electric system running as smoothly as a finely-tuned car on the open road.

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Last Updated 02/10/2017 2:32 PM