Assistance & Incentive Programs 
NYSEG programs and incentives

NYSEG offers incentives in the form of rate discounts and funding assistance to help make upstate New York State an attractive place to do business. We intend to play a viable role in encouraging businesses to remain in New York State and to attract new companies to our region.

After careful review of the program requirements, you may complete our online
pre-application form. We will contact you to discuss your project.

Competitive Pricing
Under special tariffs, NYSEG can provide negotiated prices to new customers or for qualified expansions by existing customers. Eligibility is contingent upon your having a competitive alternative to NYSEG and minimal connected load.

Electricity Supply Pricing Options
You can choose to purchase your electricity supply from NYSEG or an energy services company (ESCO). For more information and a list of ESCOs, visit

NYSEG Rate Incentive Programs
Rate incentive programs are available to help make your expansion, relocation or continued operation in New York State as competitive as possible. Your NYSEG economic development team will be happy to help you understand and capitalize on the program that works for you.

  • Excelsior Jobs Program
    Businesses that are approved and certified by the local New York State Empire State Development (“ESD”) may be eligible for discounted energy delivery rates for up to
    10 years, providing that the customer's certificate remains valid. Qualified load is electric demand (kW) or electric usage (kWh) depending on Service Classification,
    or natural gas usage (therms) that exceeds a predetermined baseline (historical) usage by 25%. For more information on the NYS Excelsior Jobs Program, visit their website,

NYSEG Assistance Programs
NYSEG has committed a portion of its annual economic development program budget to several non-rate incentive programs. After careful review of the program requirements,
you may complete our online pre-application form.  

  • Brownfield/Building Redevelopment
    Up to $500,000, on a per-project basis, to encourage the redevelopment of a brownfield site or vacant building. Funds are to be used for electric-related infrastructure improvements and may not be used for the remediation of the site.
  • Utility Infrastructure Investment
    Up to $400,000, on a per-project basis, for new electric-related facilities for existing
    or prospective customers with load of 100 kilowatts or more – if a minimum of $1 million has been invested in a new or expanding facility.
  • Capital Investment Incentive
    Up to $300,000 per project for capital investments of $1 million or more; to fund
    electric-related improvements on either NYSEG-owned or customer-owned equipment. Minimum monthly incremental demand after improvements must be at least
    100 kilowatts.
  • Agriculture Capital Investment Incentive
    Up to $100,000 per project for smaller farms toward electric-related infrastructure improvements on either NYSEG-owned or customer-owned (as directed by NYSEG) equipment. Each project must involve capital investment of at least $50,000 and have a monthly incremental electric demand after capital investment of at least 25 kilowatts.
  • Business Energy Efficiency Assistance 
    NYSEG partners with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on several programs to encourage energy efficiency. Under these NYSERDA programs, the applicant will be required to make a financial contribution of
    at least 33.3% to the total investment made.

    Through NYSERDA’s Energy Audit Program, NYSEG will provide up to 50% matching funds, ($10,000 maximum) toward the total investment made as a result of an energy audit. Through either NYSERDA’s Flexible Technical Assistance Program (Flex Tech) or New Construction Program, NYSEG will pay up to 33.3% of the cost of a feasibility study or analysis, not to exceed $20,000 per study/analysis. If the applicant decides to make investments as a result of a study or analysis, NYSEG will provide up to $50,000 toward the total investment made.
  • Economic Development Outreach
    NYSEG may supplement other economic development funding, on a per-initiative basis, for strategic outreach projects that will primarily focus on attracting new business investment into the NYSEG service area.
  • Gas Infrastructure Investment
    NYSEG will invest in new gas delivery related facilities to manufacturing or certain
    non-retail commercial customers making a minimum capital investment of at least $250,000 and increasing gas usage by at least 50 therms per hour.
  • Power Quality/Reliability
    NYSEG, in consultation with the customer and/or their representatives, will pay up to 
    50% of equipment costs required for power reliability or quality improvements to be
    installed behind the meter with a maximum contribution of $50,000.

Please contact a NYSEG economic development representative to check on the availability
of funding assistance under the rate incentive and assistance programs. Call us at 1.800.456.5153 or e-mail us.


for more information 

  • Click here to view our funding assistance programs.
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