Smart Usage Rewards for Reducing Demand

During peak hours of the summer, we’ll pay you to reduce your energy use temporarily through Smart Usage Rewards (Demand Response). By curbing your electric usage during high-demand periods, you’ll help maintain system reliability in your community.

For every 100 kW (kilowatts) you pledge to reduce, you’ll be able to earn up to $18,000 a year. Residential customers may participate in our Smart Thermostat or Smart AC programs.

Program Types

You can participate in Smart Usage Rewards by enrolling in our easy programs that alert you to reduce your usage in advance.

  • 21 Hour Notifications - Commercial System Relief Program (CSRP)
  • 2 Hour or Less Notifications - Distribution Load Relief Program (DLRP)

See common strategies for how you can participate in Smart Usage Rewards. You can enroll in one or both of our programs through a participating aggregator.

If you can enroll 50 kW or more in our programs, you can enroll directly with Con Edison.

Reservation Payment Option

When you enroll in the Reservation Payment option, you’ll receive monthly payments based on the amount of kW you’ve pledged to reduce upon request, plus additional payments for actual kWh reduced. You’ll receive payments regardless of whether Con Edison requests to reduce electrical usage. Different parts of the city have different needs; as a result, our programs pay different rates for load relief in different networks and boroughs.

Payment Options

 Con Edison Demand Response Reservation Option Incentives
Program Hours of Notification before Event Monthly Reservation Payment Rate Performance Payment Rate During DR Events
2 Hour Notification Program (DLRP) 2 hours Tier 1 Networks: $18 / kW / Month
Tier 2 Networks: $25 / kW / Month
$1 / kWh
21 Hour Notification Program (CSRP) 21 Hours Staten Island and Westchester: $6 / kW / Month
Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens: $18 / kW / Month
$1 / kWh

See an example of how much you can make by participating.

Enrollment Deadlines

 Reservation Payment Option Enrollment Deadlines
Program Hours of Notification before Event Application Deadline Program Start Date Program End Date 
2 Hour Notification Program (DLRP) 2 hours April 2 
May 1
May 1
June 1
September 30
21 Hour Notification Program (CSRP) 21 Hours April 2
May 1
May 1
June 1
September 30


Eligibility Requirements

Aggregators must have systems and processes to:

  • Respond to Smart Usage Rewards (Demand Response) events pursuant to notification through Con Edison’s prescribed notification system.
  • Ensure that enrolled customers respond to Demand Response events within Demand Response program-specific required time periods. View history of past events.
  • Electronically submit enrollments to Con Edison using the enrollment system established by Con Edison.

Aggregator and Direct Participant Program Application

Aggregator and Direct Participant BQDM-V Program Application

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