Resources

The following resources available for the clean energy industry are to assist you during the COVID-19 crisis:

Federal

CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program
Authorizes funding for small businesses to be applied towards job retention and certain other expenses. Small businesses and eligible non-profit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Guidance for you and your employees on how to protect yourself and what to do if you’re sick: Learn moreLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

  • How COVID-19 spreads and mitigation strategies
  • General business information including for small business and employees, worker safety and support
  • Transportation & Delivery
  • Managing Workplace Fatigue
  • Safe workplace practices, cleaning and disinfection

Small Business Administration - Low-interest Federal Disaster Loans
Offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations all U.S. States and territories. Learn moreLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

The Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA)
Signed on March 18, 2020 authorizes the U.S. Department of Labor to disburse $1 billion in grant funding to states for the administration of unemployment insurance programs, funding is available to states in two allocations. 23 states have applied for the first round of funding, and the U.S. Department of Labor is working with the Department of Treasury to certify the funds.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) published additional guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which went into effect on April 1. Learn moreLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..
  • The FFCRA also authorized emergency paid sick leave and an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act. On April 1, 2020, U.S. DOL issued a temporary ruleLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. codifying in regulation previously issued guidanceLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. regarding the implementation of the new leave benefits.

U.S. Department of Labor- National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs)
Announced availability of up to $100 Million in DWGs in response to COVID-19. The DWGs are intended to provide eligible participants with both disaster-relief employment and employment training services. These participants can include dislocated workers, workers who were laid-off as a result of the disaster, self-employed individuals who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the disaster, and long-term unemployed individuals. Learn moreLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Access information for workers and employers about protecting workers and workplaces in response to COVID-19. Learn moreLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

State

Empire State Development – COVID-19 FAQ
Get answers to frequently asked questions for businesses regarding State regulations and general guidanceLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. related as well as answers to frequently asked questions on NY Forward and Business ReopeningLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. If you still have questions, you can submit your COVID-19 related business questions online.

NYS Department of Health
Provides up-to-date information about COVID-19.

New York State Development - Small Business Administration Loans
Find resources and information, including links to New York’s Statewide community of Small Business Development Centers, Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers, and Community Development Financial Institutions, who are available to help guide your business through the SBA loan process. Learn moreLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

New York State Department of Labor
Provides guidance on unemployment insurance and benefits. Learn moreLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Free Online Clean Energy Training Resources
Find training opportunities on a variety of clean energy topics available online at no cost. Learn more.

Reopening New York
Access resources for construction businesses in regions of New York that have
been permitted to re-open and construction businesses statewide that were
previously permitted to operate as essential.

Industry

American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Obtain COVID-19 preparedness resources for HVAC, buildings, transportation, and disinfection and filtration. Learn moreLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
The Back to Work Safely resource guide offers safe work-site guidance for small businesses including in-home services, construction, and general office settings. Learn moreLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Webinars

New York Forward Return to Work - Guidance for New York’s Clean Energy Workforce Webinar

The webinar highlights the new protocols and requirements outlined in Governor Cuomo’s NY Forward, a phased regional reopening strategy, and includes a walk-through of the NYS Department of Health’s construction guidance for Phase 1 reopening.

Upcoming

NY Forward: Information for Businesses Navigating Reopening

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Free to attend
Register

As New York businesses begin to reopen under NY Forward, NYSERDA and The Business Council of New York State are hosting an informational webinar to provide resources on safely opening your business and the clean energy programs available as you resume your business operations.

Hear from Heather Briccetti, President and CEO of The Business Council, Alicia Barton, President and CEO of NYSERDA, John Rhodes, Chair of the Public Service Commission, and John Isberg, Vice President of Customer Solutions at National Grid on topics including:

  • Regulatory updates from the Public Service Commission
  • An overview of available NYSERDA and utility programs and resources
  • COVID-19 safety

Previous Webinars

The Latest Reopening Guidance from New York State

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Business Council of New York held a webinar to discuss the requirements of sector-specific reopening guidelines for manufacturing, construction, retail and agribusiness sectors subject to the state’s phase 1 reopening plan.

Access downloadable presentationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Impact of Coronavirus on Employers: A Clean Energy Business Resource Overview

Thursday, April 16

NYSERDA and the Business Council of New York co-hosted a webinar to discuss COVID-19 state/federal assistance programs available for businesses, including clean energy businesses.

Access webinar recording and downloadable presentationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

CARES Federal Relief Bill: Assistance in Applying for Business Loans

Wednesday, April 8

NYSERDA and the Business Council of New York hosted a free webinar on The CARES Federal Relief Bill: Assistance in Applying for Business Loans. The webinar featured experts from the US Chamber, the Small Business Administration, Banking services and Human Resources who discussed the bill and provided guidance through the process of applying for assistance.

Access downloadable presentation  [PDF]