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Energy incentives

Energy incentives

Empower Niagara

The Niagara County Center for Economic Development is serving as the administrative organization, on behalf of the Niagara County Legislature, to review and select industrial businesses eligible for low cost power in Niagara County. Empower Niagara is a not-for-profit Development Corporation that is authorized to enter into agreements for the purpose of providing certain electric power benefits to those industries that meet the qualifying criteria and receive approval.

Qualifying criteria may include:

  1. Company must be located in Niagara County.
  2. Company must not already be a recipient of low-cost power through existing state programs, or receive a separate allocation during the term of the contract under the Empower Niagara program.
  3. Company is planning to acquire or expand an existing facility or build a new facility.
  4. Project will create new electric demand (there must be at least 75kW of net new load).
  5. Project must result in the retention and/or creation of jobs.
  6. Proposed use of power results in economic benefit to Niagara County.
  7. Must complete project in 2 years, with construction beginning within year after application approval.
  8. Company must be willing to commit in writing to create and maintain jobs.
  9. Empower Niagara will strive to commit a power allocation for a period of at least three years.

Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis based on capital investment; number of jobs created and/or maintained; types of jobs created and/or maintained; amount of net new load; consistency of application with Niagara County economic development efforts; and steps taken to reduce existing energy costs.


New York Power Authority

Provides low-cost electricity under a variety of programs to companies that will commit to creating or retaining jobs in New York State.

Qualifying criteria may include:

  1. Company must be located in Niagara County.
  2. Company is planning to acquire or expand an existing facility or build a new facility.
  3. Project will create new electric demand (there must be at least 100kW of net new load).
  4. Project must result in the retention and/or creation of jobs.
  5. Proposed use of power results in economic benefit to Niagara County.
  6. Must complete project in 2 years, with construction beginning within year after application approval.
  7. Company must be willing to commit in writing to create and maintain jobs.
For more information, contact the Niagara County Center for Economic Development.


National Grid

​Electricity distribution company for Niagara County (except Lockport) that provides assistance in obtaining electric service and incentive rates and site/building location assistance.

Go to www.shovelready.com for more information.
 

National Fuel

Provides natural gas to the western portion of Niagara County, including the City of Niagara Falls. Economic development staff is available to provide advice on sites, buildings, gas service, incentive rates, and technical assistance for HVAC and process equipment.

Go to www.natfuel.com for more information.
 

New York State Electric and Gas

Provides delivery of electricity, natural gas, and other essential services to the eastern portion of Niagara County, including the City of Lockport. Economic development program supports business retention, expansion, and attraction.

Go to www.nyseg.com for more information.
 

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Provides incentives to offset the cost of energy efficiency improvements and promote the use of clean technology and renewable energy sources.

Go to www.nyserda.ny.gov for more information.



To learn more about these Energy Incentives, please contact us today.

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