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Thank you for your interest and engagement in Con Edison’s BQDM DR Auction.  The auctions, which were held on July 27th and 28th of 2016, were successful and are expected to result in more than 22 MW of DR resources across afternoon and evening hours provided by 10 firms by 2018. You can read more about the outcome of the auction by clicking the link to Con Edison’s press release below:

Con Edison Takes New Approach To Rewarding Customers For Smart Usage

We appreciate your continued interest in the BQDM program and we will keep you informed of any new developments and opportunities.

Program Overview

As part of Con Edison’s Brooklyn Queens Demand Management (BQDM) program, we plan to reduce peak load by 52 MW in the BQDM area (see map below) through a combination of customer sided solutions (41 MW) and non-traditional utility sided solutions (11 MW).

Among a variety of solutions that will comprise the portfolio of resources in the BQDM program, Con Edison plans to rely on Demand Response (DR) resources in the BQDM area to provide critical load relief during hours when the system could become overloaded on peak summer days.

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BQDM Demand Response (“DR”) Auction

Con Edison conducted a descending clock auction in order to procure the required DR resources which will include DR “products” for two 4 hour blocks for 2017 and 2018 as follows:

Table 1. Auction Dates by “Product”
Year 8 PM – 12 AM 4 PM – 8 PM
2017 Auction held July 27, 2016 Auction held July 27, 2016
2018 Auction held July 28, 2016 Auction held July 28, 2016

Under this BQDM DR Auction initiative, DR resources will have opportunities to earn additional compensation compared to that currently offered by Con Edison’s peak shaving distribution DR program (CSRP or Commercial System Relief Program), including through higher performance payments, additional compensation for consistent performance above the contracted load relief amount, as well as an auction starting price set well above CSRP reservation price levels.  Con Edison has filed with the NY Public Service Commission requesting approval to allow the use of the BQDM DR auction as the sole mechanism for procuring “peak shaving” DR resources so aggregators and customers seeking to provide such DR resources in the BQDM area for 2017 and 2018 are able to do so via the auction, instead of through the CSRP[1].

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[1] Con Edison filing requesting approval for the use of the BQDM DR auction in lieu of the CSRP under Case 16-E-0236 is accessible at; URL last accessed 5/5/2016.