The Demand Response program helps reduce electricity load during peak times. Photo by Bill/Creative Commons

A de Blasio administration program to reduce energy consumption of city agencies has yielded millions of dollars in rebates for the city from energy providers.

Under the Demand Response program, participating facilities and institutions limit the use of equipment and air conditioning when warnings are issued by the New York Independent System Operator and Con Edison. This usually occurs during the hottest days of the year.

Demand Response is in place at 414 municipal facilities and cultural institutions under 25 agencies. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which manages properties and resources for city agencies, received $9.3 million for cutting back on energy use during peak demand hours last summer.

Source: Gotham Gazette