Option 8: Incremental Energy Efficiency (EE)
This option focuses on reducing Design Day demand through intensive weatherization measures, such as air-sealing and maximized insulation, that will reduce the heating needs in our Downstate NY region.
111–216 MDth/day, assuming 30% of customers engage in intensive weatherization by 2035.
Key challenge will be in ability to aggressively scale programs to the level and size required. Reliability could improve over time as programs mature.
Solution Portfolio Cost
$1.51 Billion–$2.62 Billion (total cost for no-infrastructure portfolio of energy efficiency, demand response, and electrification)*
Ecological impacts will be minimal; significant reduction in GHG emissions. Community impacts are expected to be positive, anticipating nearly $2 billion investment through 2035, stimulating local economies.
Requirements for Implementation
To support the deployment of these programs, the ecosystem of licensed contractors and vendors would need to significantly increase. Implementation will also require state approval to set up and fund incentive programs.
* The same cost numbers are presented for each of the no-infrastructure options since each is part of a no-infrastructure portfolio to address the entire supply-demand gap. Nonetheless, we rated them on cost separately, as each option has a different degree of cost-effectiveness, despite each option being needed as part of a no-infrastructure portfolio.