NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Program
The Capital District Regional Planning Commission serves as the manager of the Eastern Upstate New York Territory for the new Clean Energy Communities Leadership Round, which is delivered through a unique partnership of regional agencies that administer the program in four New York State Economic Development Council Regions: the North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, and Mid-Hudson regions. In addition to CDRPC, the Eastern Upstate NY Territory Team includes the Adirondack North Country Association, the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District and the Hudson Valley Regional Council. The Team is also supported by Climate Action Associates, LLC, Courtney Strong, Inc., and the Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership, Inc.
CDRPC helps local governments in the Capital Region deploy NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects.
Local governments can work alongside their local Clean Energy Community Coordinator to determine which four High Impact Actions to implement to earn Clean Energy Community designation and qualify for grant funding. Each high-impact action is worth points that count toward point-based grant funding.
At no cost to the local government, CDRPC is available to help local leaders:
- Develop and prioritize clean energy goals
- Access guidance resources such as templates for legislation, procurement and contracts
- Take advantage of available funding and technical assistance opportunities
Grants Available for Communities Include:
- Designation Grants: Achieve 4 out of 13 High Impact Actions and receive a $5,000 match free grant
- Points Based Grants: Grants of up to $150,000 available to communities who complete High Impact Actions and reach points thresholds of 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 points
- Action Grants: Conduct a Community Campaign or pass NY-Stretch Energy Code and receive up to $50,000
The following are program resources that have been developed by the Eastern Upstate New York Territory Team:
- Nov. 1, 2016: PACE Workshop in Mohawk, NY
- February 14, 2017: Community Choice Aggregation at TEC-SMART: Agenda, Slides and Event Video
- May 9, 2017: Buying Power 101 Presentation and Buying Power 101 Video Presentation
- August 9, 2017: LED Street Lights: Procurement, Technology and Regulatory Issues for Municipalities Video Presentation
- January 10, 2018 EV workshop: Paving the Way for Electric Vehicles Presentation
- April 11, 2018 MVEDD workshop: Economics of Owning vs. Renting LED Street Lights in National Grid and NYSEG territories, Financing Overview, Key Decision Toward Conversion, Street Lighting Acquisition and Conversion, Technology Considerations, Agenda
- October 26, 2018: HVRC Navigating Large-Scale Solar Development in Your Community: A Tour in Orange County for Mid-Hudson Municipal Officials: Agenda
- March 26, 2019: How Your Community Can Engage with the Climate Smart Communities Program: Agenda
Outreach Coordinators in the Eastern Upstate New York Territory
Hudson Valley Region – Hudson Valley Regional Council
Catherine (Kat) Carroll