NYSERDA Announces $5.5 Million to Fund Clean Energy Awareness and Education Across the State

Community Based Advisers to Support State’s Aggressive Energy Goals to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Increase Renewable Energy

May 02, 2017

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority today announced $5.5 million is available through the Community Energy Engagement Program for qualified organizations to provide locally-based energy awareness and education services in communities through select community organizations across New York State. These ‘Community Energy Advisers’ will look for ways to increase adoption rates for clean energy products and services for residential, multi-family, and small business customers, with an emphasis on low-to-moderate-income (LMI) households and communities.

The advisers will advance the state’s ambitious energy agenda of 50 percent of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. Expanding renewable energy awareness into communities will also help New York reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030.

 “New York continues to make investments that encourage the use of clean, affordable energy and energy efficiency to reduce our carbon footprint,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. ‘The Community Energy Engagement Program strongly supports Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy strategy and helps ensure all New Yorkers, including low-to-moderate income, are informed about clean energy opportunities.”

NYSERDA intends to select one organization in each Regional Economic Development Council Region through a competitive process for one-year contracts, with an option to extend an additional two years for a total budget ranging from $370,000 to $825,000.

Community organizations are critical partners in developing locally driven solutions to the barriers customers face and achieving equitable access to the benefits of clean energy opportunities in New York.

Advisers will provide support to:

  1. Address the energy affordability needs and reduce the energy bills of households and businesses within the community.
  2. Increase participation in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by forming relationships with energy contractors and other locally-based service organizations.
  3. Leverage multiple sources of funding for clean energy projects.
  4. Ensure awareness of and assist households and businesses in accessing financing options for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
  5. Educate households and communities of the benefits energy efficiency and renewable energy through energy workshops and seminars, events, and one-on-one outreach. 

Proposers can apply www.nyserda.ny.gov/ceep for consideration in one or more of the regions, but must demonstrate a strong local presence in each region and outline how they are uniquely qualified to provide services to communities within each region. Proposals are due by June 20, 2017. 
 
An informational webinar for potential applicants to learn more about the opportunity will be held on May 9, 2017 at 10:00am. Applicants who intend to participate can register at Community Energy Engagement Program Webinar.

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