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Clean Heating and Cooling

Updated July 5, 2018


REV Connect Innovation Sprints focus attention on timely and specific utility needs for innovative energy partnerships. For each Innovation Sprint, we invite market players to submit ideas within a specific theme and timeframe.

Qualified submitters will receive expert feedback, be invited to an in-person meeting with New York utilities, and benefit from potential matchmaking with one or more of the utilities to pursue innovative partnerships.

Innovation Sprints are time-bound, kicking off with a webinar, driving towards a submission deadline, and culminating in a workshop. Key Dates:

  • Webinar: March 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM Eastern
  • Submissions Due: March 29, 2018
  • Facilitation: March-April 2018
  • Workshop: April 10, 2018
  • Con Edison RFI Open: deadline for submissions is August 1, 2018

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New York State utilities are looking to help reduce the substantial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from heating and cooling buildings to support the state’s GHG reduction goal of 40% from 1990 levels by 2030. REV Connect is facilitating innovative ideas and business models that work in partnership with utilities to cost-effectively electrify space heating and cooling systems across the state.

Possible utility partnership opportunities could include:

  • Offering market-based, low-cost financing options for air source or ground source heat pumps to supplement or replace existing financial incentives from the government or utilities
  • Implementing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) programs that target high potential customers identified through utility analytics
  • Educating customers on the benefits of electric heating and cooling
  • Building and operating community and district projects such as geothermal loop fields
  • Increasing the use of utility-managed systems for demand response (DR) of electric heating and cooling systems

Utility-Specific Interest

Utility Propose Ideas Via Interests
Central Hudson REV Connect Helping customers reduce their carbon footprint by fuel switching in a more affordable way (e.g., bundle heating offerings with pricing and financing options to drive down costs). See the Central Hudson Utility Opportunity page for more detail.
Con Edison REV Connect Identifying new and innovative ways to increase the uptake of clean thermal solutions within the Company’s natural gas service territory as a means of reducing both peak gas demand and greenhouse gas emissions (see the Con Edison Clean Thermal RFI for more detail.
National Grid REV Connect Identifying potential partners to scale air- and ground-source heat pump deployment. Effective outreach to heating retrofit customers, and offerings to bundle heat pumps with EE retrofits. Advanced approaches to Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification. See the National Grid Utility Opportunity page for more detail.
REV Connect Learning about innovative programs to provide heating options to customers, while leveraging existing programs and platforms with a focus on the Energy Smart Community. Open RFP for “non-pipes alternative” to address area with capacity constraints – proposals due by April 20.
O&R REV Connect Supporting renewable heating and cooling technologies in areas where gas service is not available. Reducing peak demand in new construction projects in areas with electric demand constraints.

REV Context

New York is encouraging the decarbonizing of space heating and cooling through the Renewable Heating and Cooling Policy Framework: Options to Advance Industry Growth and Markets in New York, released in February 2017. This initiative allocates $15 million in incentives for residential ($1,500/ton,1-10 tons) and commercial ($1,200/ton, units over 10 tons) heat pumps.

The New York electric utilities also are actively pursuing ways to support electrifying heating and cooling, particularly for controllable resources that are valuable for peak management and DR. In addition, the New York gas utilities are supporting decarbonizing heating and cooling by offering fuel switch programs.

New York electric utilities have the opportunity to propose and earn shareholder performance incentives—known as earnings adjustment mechanisms—for decarbonizing heating and cooling.


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