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ConEd seeks heating ideas from New Yorkers

Steve Rogerson
February 25, 2020

Energy company Con Edison wants New Yorkers to come up with ideas that will reduce their reliance on natural gas for heating and cooking.
The utility has issued a request for information (RFI) to tap into the best and most promising technologies available in clean energy. The company is seeking innovations that will help offset the need to build additional pipeline infrastructure, and help New York state achieve its clean energy goals.
“We’re pursuing every opportunity to find new ways to meet our customers’ heating and cooking needs while reducing our reliance on natural gas,” said Marc Huestis, senior vice president of gas operations. “We encourage those with new ideas, new technology and new approaches to submit a proposal that will advance our efforts to transition to renewable energy.”
Con Edison is seeking ideas that can be integrated with its non-pipes portfolio to reduce reliance on natural gas. The company has been authorised to invest up to $174.5m for energy efficiency programmes from the state’s New Efficiency New York initiative, some of which may be used to help fund the RFI’s demand side ideas.
This RFI will consider a broad array of potential projects that reduce peak day gas demand, provide new supply or offer an efficient electric heating alternative in a safe, cost-effective, reliable and environmentally-sound manner.
This RFI is the latest initiative that Con Edison has undertaken to achieve its commitment for an orderly transition to clean energy while supporting continued economic growth in the region.
Other initiatives include a programme for its customers who are interested in alternatives to natural gas, including incentives to electrify heating systems, upgrade HVAC controls, install geothermal heat pumps or weatherise their homes, as well as the company’s agreement to purchase additional gas capacity from pipeline companies upgrading their facilities.
To date, 30 Westchester County users have worked through this programme to install geothermal heat pump technology for heating their homes. Con Edison’s heat pump offerings are likely to grow significantly in 2020 through additional incentive funding the company has requested from state regulators
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, one of the USA’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12bn in annual revenues and $56bn in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.5 million customers in New York city and Westchester County.