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Soundview Non-Pipeline Alternatives

Frequently Asked Questions:

Non-Pipeline Alternatives (NPAs), are activities or investments that delay, reduce, or avoid the need to build or upgrade costly traditional natural gas infrastructure.

The target audience for NPA bonus incentives are residential, multifamily, and small business and nonprofit customers. Large commercial customers should contact their Con Edison business development manager for more details

Con Edison is incentivizing these projects to reduce the strain on our gas system and in doing so, maintain reliable gas service during peak periods of energy use without building costly new infrastructure.

The Soundview location was selected because Con Edison believes that implementing this portfolio of projects would generate net benefits for customers.

Soundview NPA portfolio of projects need to reduce at least 1,136 Dth/dy of peak gas demand.

All eligible measures under the Soundview NPA must be installed and operational, and, thereafter, inspected, all on or prior to November 1, 2024.

NPA project measures encompass electrification as well as gas energy efficiency. For typical residential or small business & nonprofit customers, installation may last a couple of days. More complex projects may take longer depending on size and scope.

Please refer to our specific NPA landing pages for a detailed illustration of our segment specific bonus “adder” NPA incentive. As an example, NPA provides an additional $16,000 for residential Clean Heat whole building decommissioning projects on top of what the core program offers for that category of work. Following all Clean Heat rules and project caps, NPA adder incentives may cover up to 100% of project cost.

For the Multifamily Gas Energy Efficiency program, NPA incentivizes:

  • Steam traps, pipe insulation, and building envelope measures.

For NYS Clean Heat Program, NPA incentivizes:

  • Residential air source heat pump (category 2b), multifamily air source heat pump (category 2c), small business & nonprofit air source heat pump (category 2d), residential ground source heat pump (category 3) and custom space heating applications (category 4).

If you use a heat pump to warm your home or facility this winter, you may notice higher than usual energy costs. The money you would have spent on oil or gas has now shifted to your electric bill. That said, there are a few options that may allow you to save money while getting the most out of your heat pump.

Consider weatherizing your home or facility by implementing air sealing and insulation to aid in combatting drafty rooms and hot/cold spots. Refer to Con Edison’s Weather Ready Program for incentives and further details. In addition, for the heat pump to run more efficiently customers may also consider the following strategies:

  • Keeping doors closed and sticking to a consistent and comfortable lower temperature.
  • Keeping air filters and ducts clean and clear.

Additionally, if you use a consistent amount of energy throughout the day with your heat pump, you may do better on the Select Pricing Plan (note: savings aren’t guaranteed, and you can switch back to your previous rate plan if you’re not satisfied). Refer to Con Edison’s Select Pricing webpage for further details.

Non-Pipeline Alternatives directly promote and aid in achieving local and statewide climate goals.

Under Local Law 97 law, most buildings over 25,000 square feet will be required to meet new energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions limits by 2024, with stricter limits coming into effect in 2030. The goal is to reduce the emissions produced by the city’s largest buildings, 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

Further, the goal of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) is to eliminate 100% of the climate pollution caused by humans, calling for an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with an interim target of 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels.

To be eligible for NPA incentives, applicable measures must be installed by a Con Edison approved participating contractor. More details and links to the approved participating contractor directories can also be found on the NPA landing pages for each audience type.

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