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Smart Usage Rewards for Reducing Electric Demand

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

About Smart Usage Rewards

When energy demand peaks during the summer, we’ll pay you to reduce your electric use temporarily. You’ll help reduce strain on the energy grid and ensure others have safe, reliable power when they need it most.

Earn up to $18,000 a year for every 100 kilowatts (kW) you reduce as an electric customer.

Annual Open Enrollment Periods

May 1 to September 30

Enrollment Deadline: April 1

June 1 to September 30

Enrollment Deadline: May 1

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How It Works

We’ll alert you to reduce your electric use in advance based on your program type.

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Program

Notifications

Rewards

Details

Commercial System Relief Program (CSRP)

21 hours prior to Planned events

• Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens participants can earn $18/kW per month

 

• Staten Island and Westchester participants can earn $6/kW per month

 

• Earn a $1/kWh performance payment rate during events

Events are generally system-wide, with each network having an assigned call window throughout the day. Conditions that trigger an event include forecasted peak demand or temperature variable.

Distribution Load Relief Program (DLRP)

2 hours prior to Contingency events, or fewer, prior to Immediate events

• Tier 1 Network participants can earn $18/kW per month

 

• Tier 2 Network participants can earn $25/kW per month

 

• Earn a $1/kWh performance payment rate during events

Participants are generally called by network based on need.

Conditions that trigger an event include being one contingency away from a “Condition Yellow” or an active voltage reduction by network.

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Participants receive monthly payments based on kW pledged and/or the amount of actual kilowatt hours (kWh) reduced. See how much you can make by participating in our electric programs.

Voluntary customers can be enrolled after the enrollment deadlines and receive $3/kWh performance payment rate during events.

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How to Enroll

How you enroll is based on your pledge amount—that’s how many kW you can reduce during an event.

If you can pledge:

Need more information about our network of participating aggregators? See which services are offered by each participating aggregator.

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*The day-ahead forecast is updated daily in the morning and is posted for informational purposes only. We call events via official notification based on forecasts updated internally throughout the day.