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:

Outreach Coordinators in the Eastern Upstate New York Territory

Mohawk Valley Region – Mohawk Valley Economic Development District

Amanda Kaier

North Country Region – Adirondack North Country Assn.

Jill Henck

Matt Price

Nancy Bernstein

Hudson Valley Region – Hudson Valley Regional Council

Carla Castillo

Eleanor Peck

Catherine (Kat) Carroll

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