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Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) Program

Program Name: Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) Program
Program Sponsor: NYSERDA (State)
Program Type:          Management Software/Data Tracking & Information Sharing/Technical Support
Technology:               Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Systems
Fuel:                           Fuel Neutral
Eligibility:                  Commercial facilities with 2+ tenants; Small businesses; Multifamily buildings with 5+ units
Cost: Application Based

Description

The Commercial RTEM and Industrial RTEM programs have closed. The application deadline for RTEM for Small Business and Multifamily RTEM is December 31st, 2022. 

Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) is a term used by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to describe a combination of systems and services employed to monitor and identify building improvement opportunities. The system consists of hardware, software, and secure internet connectivity that continuously transmits a building’s current and historical performance data to the cloud, provides automated fault detection and diagnostics (FDD), and supports demand response.

RTEM continuously analyzes real-time granular data from the cloud and transforms it into actionable information for property owners, building managers and tenants, and can pinpoint a building’s operational inefficiencies, identify energy conservation measures, and help justify capital improvements.

NYSERDA offers 20-30% cost-share incentive for RTEM project expenses which include hardware, installation, and three years of ongoing support from energy experts.

Eligibility

RTEM programs are available for three types of entities: commercial buildings focused on tenant spaces, small businesses and multifamily buildings with 5+ units. Eligible buildings and businesses in New York State electricity distribution customers of a participating utility company that pays into the System Benefits Charge (SBC).

How the Program Works

RTEM + Tenants Program: The RTEM + Tenants Program promotes comprehensive monitoring and management of commercial office buildings’ energy, electricity demand and carbon footprint across core building areas, shared common spaces, and tenant spaces.

Eligible tenant sites include commercial facilities with two (2) or more tenant-occupied leased spaces that are at least 50,000 sq ft. Single-tenant or 100% owner-occupied buildings are not eligible. The program requires an RTEM system that monitors at least 75% of total building energy consumption, including tenant loads, as well as a robust tenant engagement plan.

For each RTEM + Tenants Project, up to 33% of the eligible project costs with a cap of $400,000 is available for the installation and commissioning of an eligible RTEM + Tenants System and up to three years of RTEM + Tenants Services. In addition to the standard offer of cost-sharing for three (3) years, cost share for a longer service period of five (5) years is considered on a case-by-case basis where doing so facilitates the inclusion of more tenant spaces.

Interested building operators can get started by reading the full funding opportunity or by selecting a NYSERDA-qualified RTEM + Tenant qualified vendor. Additional information can be found in the RTEM + Tenants Program Opportunity Notice.

RTEM for Small Business: The RTEM for Small Business program provides professionally curated analytics and recommendations to business owners tailored for their space and budget. A Small Business includes properties of less than 50,000 sq. feet, with average 12-month peak demand of less than 300 kW. Eligible businesses include, but are not limited to, education, food sales/ services, lodging, mercantile (retail other than mall), professional/technical services, public assembly, religious worship, and municipal sites. Eligible sites must also be on a Commercial rate with a participating utility.

NYSERDA offers a 30% cost-share incentive for eligible  small business RTEM project expenses, subject to a total incentive cap of $85,000 for both System and Service costs. Costs may include hardware, software, installation, and three years of ongoing support from energy experts.

In addition to the minimum project scope for standard RTEM projects defined in PON 3689, RTEM for Small Business projects must include: (1) whole building energy monitoring; (2) all utility meters serving the site must be monitored / integrated into the platform; (3) each Service Report must also include an estimated breakdown of total energy by end use; and (4) three (3) years of service is required.

Interested businesses can get started by selecting a NYSERDA-qualified RTEM vendor, who will complete an application for an eligible project on the NYSERDA portal.

Multifamily RTEM: New York State multifamily buildings with five (5) or more units including rentals, cooperatives and condominiums. The minimum project scope for standard RTEM projects and additional requirements for Market Rate Multifamily and LMI Multifamily projects may be found in PON 3689.

For Market Rate Multifamily projects, NYSERDA offers 20% cost share for system installation and service costs for three (3) years. For LMI Multifamily projects NYSERDA offers 30% cost share for system installation and service costs for three (3) years. Each Multifamily sector qualifying project site is limited to receiving $155,000 of program funding, and Multifamily Portfolio Cap NYSERDA funding is limited to a maximum of $1,500,000 per customer.

Interested businesses can get started by selecting a NYSERDA-qualified RTEM vendor, who will complete an application for an eligible project on the NYSERDA portal.

For more information, please visit the RTEM Programs webpage.

Contact Information

Questions may be emailed to rtem@nyserda.ny.gov.

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