Posts Tagged ‘NYSERDA’


November 9, 2011

MeXSI Inc. – Award Number DE-EE0000230 – MeXSI Inc.

Award Number DE-EE0000230
Sub-Award Number 20425
Vendor DUNS Number Not reported
Vendor HQ Zip Code + 4 105433757
Vendor Name MeXSI Inc.
Product and Service Description Project Implemenation Support
Payment Amount

Data Center Energy

October 12, 2009

DE raised floor with perforated tiles

DE aisle and CRACData center energy usage in NYS is estimated to be an annual 4.5 billion kW-H resulting in an energy cost of $593 million. NYSERDA and Con Edison are hosting a one-day tech talk aimed at this market. Last year’s event was informative, and NYSERDA promise this year’s event will have 25% new content.

Data Center

October 5, 2009


Last week we received a commission to design a new data center for a Yonkers non-profit. The center will be located in the administration building on the Yonkers campus, the building at center of the photo. The data center will serve all enterprise IT needs, including those of off-site facilities in the Bronx. The center may include server virtualization to minimize power and space required for data storage. The facility will be supported by a clean-burning NG-powered back-up generator. The generator is under 200 hp and not subject to NYS DEC air quality permitting; nonetheless, it will meet Tier III emissions regulations.

Later this year,  we’ll begin a lighting installation at another facility on this campus, the building at left in the photo. That design has received a citation from NYSERDA for energy-efficient design exceeding requirements of the NYS Energy Conservation Code. The installation of High-Output T8 fixtures, and of occupancy sensors at the larger spaces, will qualify the project for NYSERDA funding for each HO-T8 fixture and sensor.

Our firm also served as energy consultant to the renovation of the administration building. The project received a NYSERDA grant for the HVAC upgrade under the Existing Buildings Program, and received a loan from the agency under their Loan Fund Program. We secured both the grant and loan.

For more information, write

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

July 27, 2009


NYSERDA have been designated as the NYS agency that shall distribute ARRA funds to applicants. NYSERDA solicitation PON 4 is now accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

Unlike typical NYSERDA programs which are funded from the System Benefit Charge collected from the electric and gas utilities, PON 4 grants will use federal funds. Another key distinction from typical NYSERDA programs: municipalities that purchase power from NYPA and LIPA qualify for PON 4.

The solicitation is geared to NYS municipalities, schools, colleges and non-profits. The intent of PON 4 is to produce projects that achieve Energy Conservation.

Enterprises may combine projects into a joint application to reduce the time and effort in applying.


The 164-kilometer, 21st and final stage of the Tour concluded yesterday with a Mark Cavendish sprint victory.

Overall Tour Winner: Alberto Contador

Second Place: Andy Schleck

Third Place: Lance Armstrong.

Cycling is a pretty efficient activity, however, it costs a cyclist in the range of 0.3-0.4 calories per kilometer cycled per kg of body mass—or about 25-30 calories per km. A 180 km stage will cost an athlete around 4000 calories, depending on the amount of drafting. A cyclist’s total energy expenditure for one day of the tour is very high. His Resting Metabolitc Rate (1500 cal) plus his exercising energy expenditure (4000 cal) adds up to 5500 calories, which is probably the equivalent of 15+ cheeseburgers! So just to remain in energy balance a Tour rider must consume 5000+ calories a day.


Efficient Lighting

July 23, 2009

money stackMeXSI participates in a NYSERDA program called Commercial Lighting.

This allows us to offer free lighting design and payback analysis for customers in the Con Ed territory.

All we need to start is a copy of the customer’s Con Ed invoice.

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Customers taking advantage of this are not required to build or install the scheme in any way, the design and energy analysis is at no cost to the customer. No written agreements are required as there is no exchange of funds between the customer and MeXSI.

Once installed, the normal NYSERDA installation rebates apply and are available to the customer.



passerelle_debilly_2012-337-year-old Lance Armstrong did some torrid climbing in yesterday’s grueling mountain stage, the toughest of this year’s tour. He emerged from the second chase group on the last climb,  summitted fifth, hammered the downhill at 50 MPH, and crossed the finish line fourth for the stage. He helped defend the lead of teammate Alberto Contador, who is trying to emerge as the new Patron of the peloton. Contador chased all attacks and decided the winner of the stage should be Frank Schleck, gracefully refusing to sprint and crossing second himself. Today is the last Time Trial, and Lance, currently fourth, will make up time on Schleck’s brother Andy,  and set himself for a podium finish in the city of lights.

Photo of Passerelle

NYSERDA Generator Rebate

July 10, 2009


NYSERDA have increased their rebates for gen-sets located in Con Ed service territories from $160./kW to $200./kW.

Here is what the PM wrote me in this regard:


“The incentives you are referencing ($600/kW) are for a Combined Heat and Power projects, not gen sets used in response the NYISO’s ICAP/SCR program.  On page 8 of the document for the EFP there are incentives ($200/kW) listed for emergency/backup generators that are registered with the NYISO’s ICAP/SCR program.  These incentives require new generators to meet the most recent federal manufacturers New Source Performance Standards for emissions criteria.  Existing generators must emit less than 7.5 g/bhp-h of NOx.  or DEC regulations that may supersede this requirement.  These generators must be properly permitted and run only for emergency purposes or NYISO/SCR events.

“Senior Project Manager”

EPA Tier 3 emissions requirements apply to generators under 750 horsepower, and Tier 2 apply to those over 750 hp. Those are the NYSERDA guidelines; Cummins makes generators which meet the guidelines.

The bottom line: based on conservative construction cost estimates which we run for real projects, those nice folks at NYSERDA and Con Ed are giving customers 30% of the capital cost for generator projects. They calculate that rebating distributed generation is cheaper than upgrading transmission infrastructure.

Customers will also realize cash flow from the NYISO programs referenced.


Lance is in second place, 0.00 behind, as they head into the mountain stages. Today’s stage is a series of ascents and descents in peloton. During uphill time trials, cyclist ouput average .39 kW, or 1/2 hp.



July 7, 2009

Image4NYSERDA has divided the Loan Fund into two programs, Residential and Commercial. The residential portion remains open and funded. The Commercial portion is closed. It was meant to have reopened in the Spring of 2009. In response to my voicemail about its status, the PM wrote as follows:

“Hello Sal-

“I was on vacation for the holiday and didn’t get your voice mail till this morning.  The Loan Fund is waiting for the approval of at least 2 different funding sources.  Unfortunately we have no way of knowing when those funds will be released.  So I am conservatively saying that the Commercial Loan Fund will remain closed till the end of the year.   If funding becomes available before then, a notice will appear on our website and in the contract reporter… Thank you for your interest in the program!


“Project Manager, Energy Efficiency Services”

Projects contemplated to be submitted to either Loan Fund are allowed to be designed prior to Loan Fund application, unlike some of the NYSERDA grant programs. This is the protocol we followed with a Loan Fund application which lent  funds for the implementation of a central heating/cooling plant project.


Lance won his 12th career Tour de France time trial today, in the Team Time Trial. At maximum output, Lance can produce 1 kW of power, enough to power, well… at 240V, thats 2.41A.

Energy Efficiency Funding

June 3, 2009


NYSERDA is seeking applications from facilities interested in energy efficiency technical evaluations, peak-load reduction studies, energy procurement analysis, proposals that study the feasibility of implementing combined heat & power (CHP) and renewable generation, and Peak-Load Curtailment Plans. This solicitation is divided into three (3) separate components: 1) Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance; 2) CHP and Renewable Generation Technical Assistance; and 3) Peak-Load Curtailment Plan Technical Assistance.

For most energy efficiency technical studies, NYSERDA will cost-share up to $500,000 on studies performed by a Service Provider. For electrical customers of Con Edison, NYSERDA will cost-share up to $1,000,000 on such studies. NYSERDA will pay 50% of the first $1,000,000. for customers who buy power from utilities other than Con Ed, and 50% of the first $2,000,000. for customers who buy power from ConEd.

The foregoing sums refer to the Technical Evaluation (Study) funding only; in addition, there are numerous capital improvement funds available from NYSERDA for implementation of the Energy Conserving Measures that are identified in the Study.

Customers whose power is purchased from third-party power providers are eligible, as the delivery of that power is over infrastructure owned by utilities that pay into the System Benefits Charge.

For Peak-Load Curtailment Plans, NYSERDA will provide up to $2.00/kW of the facility’s peak summer (May-October) electrical demand directly to the Service Provider.

As with all NYSERDA programs, LIPA and NYPA customers need not apply.

To access the Energy Efficiency Funding, contact a qualified Service Provider who can provide a preliminary evaluation of your facility(s).

Funds for Lights

May 13, 2009


* NYSERDA have an Existing Building Program which provides rebates for pre-approved lighting energy conserving measures. To qualify, customers must pay into the System Benefits Charge, so LIPA and NYPA customers are inelligible.

NYSERDA also offer New York State customers a low-cost loan program for energy efficiency upgrades, including lighting. The program is currently closed and is slated for re-opening sometime in the Spring of 2009.

* New Jersey has a rebate program for building owners making  lighting improvements.

* National Grid enterprise customers in Massachusetts that want to upgrade their lighting are offered rebates.

* Connecticut customers of United Illuminating, a regulated utility, are offered rebates for lighting upgrades.

* The state of Maryland offers state agencies loans to implement lighting improvements.

* The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides federal tax incentives for efficiency upgrades to lighting systems.

Photo of Manhattan by Michael Kenna

April 23, 2009

moneyNYSERDA have compiled a list of stimulus funding for energy projects.

NYSERDA have also compiled a list of the energy-related Block Grants from the federal government. This is a new program, similar to the Community Development Block Grants. One distinct difference I noted is that CDBG was administered for the Westchester County cities and towns by the county government. The energy-related Block Grants are being given to cities and towns directly, not through county government, and various towns in Westchester have been given their own energy grants. For towns that may have yet to apply, NYSERDA have a description of the application process.

North Carolina State University compiles links to funding programs for the US states. Here is their latest compilation for New York State, including programs specific to NYC and selected NYS counties. The funding for the other states is also compiled by NC State.

Federal funding for capital projects is key to economic recovery. Unemployment in Common Market participant and alternative energy leader Spain has reached 15.5%. The US administration will not want to head in that direction. The US unemployment report is due out today at 8:30 AM Eastern Standard.

The ability of federal funding to reach small towns and other small market participants is key. Funding major banks has not done enough to stimulate capital projects.

On a positive note, my friend in Utah who listens to conference calls reports that US companies are seeing an uptick in business during April.