NYSERDA Announces Free, On-Demand Technical Assistance Now Available to Help Communities Address Local Clean Energy Priorities

Clean Energy Communities Coordinators to Assist Cities, Towns, Villages and Counties to Reduce Energy Consumption and Support Clean Energy Use in Their Communities

November 02, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced today that new, locally based outreach coordinators are now available to help communities accelerate energy-saving and renewable energy projects across the State. The new coordinators will be provided through NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities program, a $16 million community-based initiative to drive clean energy actions in cities, counties, towns and villages.

Clean Energy Communities Coordinators are grassroots, action-oriented partner organizations that provide technical support and guidance to communities to advance Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy and the State's goal to supply 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030.

At no cost to the local governments, Clean Energy Communities Coordinators are available to provide added capacity for cash-strapped communities looking to develop and prioritize clean energy goals; access easy-to-use resources such as templates for procurement and contracts; and take advantage of available funding and technical assistance opportunities. In addition, their assistance can help communities earn grant funding and recognition as clean energy leaders from NYSERDA through the broader program.

"We encourage local governments in every region to engage these local resources to help their communities save money, reduce energy use and protect the environment," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "Communities are on the front lines and are critical to help broaden adoption of energy efficiency and renewables that cut costs and greenhouse gas emissions and help us achieve Governor Cuomo's aggressive energy goals."

The following Coordinators will be the main point of contact for each of the ten Regional Economic Development Council regions across the State:

  • Capital Region - Capital District Regional Planning Commission
  • Central New York - Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Finger Lakes Region - Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
  • Long Island Region - Cameron Engineering
  • Mid- Hudson Region - Hudson Valley Regional Council
  • North Country Region - Adirondack North Country Association
  • Mohawk Valley Region - Mohawk Valley Economic Development District
  • New York City Region - Solar One
  • Southern Tier Central (Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler Counties) - Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Southern Tier East (Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Tioga and Tompkins Counties) - Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Southern Tier West (Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties) - Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Western New York Region - University at Buffalo Regional Institute

Under Clean Energy Communities, cities, counties, towns and villages that complete at least four of the 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA will be designated Clean Energy Communities and will become eligible to apply for grants of up to $250,000 with no local cost share and up to 25 percent paid in advance to support additional clean energy projects.

The 10 high-impact clean energy actions are the following:

  • Adopting benchmarking policies to report energy use in municipal buildings (for large communities - 40,000 or more- large private buildings are also required to report)
  • Performing clean energy upgrades to municipal buildings
  • Replacing street lights with energy efficient LED technology
  • Streamlining the approvals process for local solar projects
  • Undertaking a community-based Solarize (solar) campaign
  • Providing energy code enforcement training to code compliance officers
  • Earning Climate Smart Communities Certification
  • Passing legislation to allow for the aggregated purchase of electric supplies (Community Choice Aggregation)
  • Installing electric vehicle charging stations and streamlining the approvals process
  • Establishing an Energy NY Finance Program

For more information on Clean Energy Communities, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec. Elected officials or employees of local governments can find contact information for their respective coordinator here for assistance navigating the program.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency, in part through the recent adoption of New York's Clean Energy Standard which requires that 50% of the state's electricity needs be generated from renewable energy sources by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5.3 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

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