Smart Usage Rewards for Reducing Demand

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate, you must have a communicating interval meter. We require interval data to calculate your customer baseload.

You can find other technical details in the Rider T tariff.

Application and Program Guidelines

About the Incentive

During peak hours of the summer, we’ll pay you to reduce your energy use temporarily through Smart Usage Rewards. 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 (Demand Response) 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)

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

 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 3 
June 1
May 1
June 1
September 30
21 Hour Notification Program (CSRP) 21 Hours April 3
June 1
May 1
June 1
September 30


How It Works

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