Public Buildings Service Commissioner Norm Dong joined with GSA Northeast and Caribbean Region leaders in New York City on Earth Day to celebrate a major milestone in the region’s participation in demand response programs. Since 2011, the GSA Northeast and Caribbean Region has earned $1.1 million in demand response rebates for curtailing energy use during high demand periods, and last week the region was presented with a rebate check for this amount during its Earth Day activities at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building.
GSA Northeast and Caribbean Regional Administrator Denise Pease said:
“There are just so many benefits to the demand response program. Our federal facilities become even more sustainable as we help local areas avoid blackouts during peak use periods. As a further bonus, taxpayers benefit from the revenue earned, and this revenue is then reinvested into our facilities in ways that will provide additional energy and water use efficiencies.”
About GSA’s Demand Response Participation
Currently, 17 federal buildings are enrolled in the New York Independent System Operator’s Demand Response Program and New Jersey’s PJM Interconnection demand response program. Under both programs, GSA is required to curtail energy use during high demand periods by 6,360 kilowatts, which is the equivalent of providing enough electricity to power thousands of homes. Rebates earned through these programs can be used to fund future energy and water saving projects that will further benefit taxpayers and the environment. Since GSA began participating in these programs, the agency has been able to fund a number of energy and water projects totaling over $935,580.