Smart Usage Rewards Program

Program Name: Smart Usage Rewards Program
Program Sponsor: Con Edison (Private Utility)
Program Type:          Commercial System Relief Program or Distribution Load Relief Program
Technology:               Demand Response
Eligibility:                        Application Based
Cost:  N/A


Through the Smart Usage Rewards Program, Con Edison pays its customers for reducing their electric and gas consumption during peak hours.

During peak hours the program pays small businesses to temporarily reduce their electric or natural gas usage through Smart Usage (demand response).

Through the electric Smart Usage Program, participants may earn up to $18,000 a year for every 100 kW (kilowatts) the participant pledges to reduce. Through the natural gas Smart Usage Program, participants may earn up to $4,500 per winter for every 100 therms per day the participant pledges to reduce.


Natural Gas Smart Usage Program

To be eligible for the program, participants must take firm gas delivery service from Con Edison in the value zones identified here.

Participants must also have one of four metering options:

  1. Smart Meter
  2. Customer-owned consumption recording deice
  3. Volume corrector
  4. Smart Meter Interface Management Unit

Electric Smart Usage Program

To be eligible, a direct participant enrolling with a single account must provide a minimum of 50kW of load reduction. Aggregators must enroll a minimum of 50 total kW (in the aggregate) of load reduction to participate.

Participants must also have a communicating interval meter or an AMI meter. Con Edison may provide an interval meter at no costs for customers with less than 500 kW of electric demand.

How the Program Works

Natural Gas Smart Usage Program

Participants will receive an alert 21 hours prior to the 24-hour event. During the event, the participant’s consumption will be measured using Con Edison’s customer baseline methodology over a 24-hour period, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m. the following day.

The program pays different rates for load relief in different zones, which can be found here.

The program also includes a reservation payment option, in which participants recieve a yearly payment based on the amount of therms pledges to reduce upon request for each month of participation, plus additional payment for actual therms reduced during events.

Electric Smart Usage Program

Participants may enroll in the Commercial System Relief Program (CSRP), a 21-hour notification program called in response to system-wide peak demand, or the Distribution Load Relief Program, a 2-hour notification program called on a network basis for an isolated need. Customers may concurrently participate in both the CSRP and the DLRP, however each customer can only participate in the Reservation or Voluntary option for both.

When participants enroll in the Reservation Payment option, participants will receive monthly payments based on the amount of kW pledged to reduce upon request, plus additional payments for actual kWh. As such, participants will receive payments regardless of whether Con Edision requests to reduce electrical usage. However, all customers enrolled in the Reservation program must provide load relief during non-voluntary events.

Rates differ depending on the program the participant is enrolled in, as well as the network in which the participant is located.

More information can be found here.

How to Apply

Customers may apply directly through an approved aggregator. Customers that can pledge to decrease gas usage by 50 therms or more, or decrease electric consumption by 50kW or more, may found out if they are eligible emailing Con Edison directly at

A list of approved aggregators can be found here.

If eligible, participants will need to complete and return the Demand Response Application Form.

The Application deadline is  April 1, 2021 to begin the program on May 1, 2021 and May 1, 2021 to begin the program on June 1, 2021.

Contact Information

Con Edison
Cooper Station
P.O. Box 138
New York, NY 10276-0138 or also visit