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 being 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

Upcoming Energy Code Enforcement Training – 200 CECP Points

Cohoes : 75 Remsen Rd, Cohoes, New York, 12047
Monday, November 04 2021 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Register Here

West Ghent Community Center:  1041 County Route 22 WEST, Ghent, NY, 12075
Tuesday, October 26 2021 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Register Here

Sustainability Planner
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Director of Sustainability
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Senior Planner
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The following are program resources that have been developed by the Eastern Upstate New York Territory Team:



NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Leadership Round: Climate Smart Communities High Impact Action
May 18, 2021 –
CSC Slideshow, Part 1 & CSC Slideshow Part 2

NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Leadership Round: NYStretch Energy Code-2020 Adoption
March 18, 2021 – SlideshowNYStretch Q&A

Two Key Resources: Clean Energy Communities and Climate Smart Communities, and the Climate Action Planning Institute
February 27, 2019 – 

Clean Heating & Cooling Technologies
November 28, 2018 – 


Strategies to Launch a Successful Community Solar Project
May 23, 2018 – 
Agenda, Download Slideshow

Keys to Successful Municipal Energy Projects: From Planning to Implementation
February 28, 2018 – 
Download Slideshow 

Community Choice Aggregation: A High Impact Action
August 7, 2018 –

Municipalities on the Move: Energy Innovation In Eastern NY Communities
November 1, 2017 – Agenda 

Maximizing Your Municipal Building’s Energy Efficiency
September 7, 2017 – 
Download Slideshow 

LED Street Lights: Can Your Community Afford to Wait?
June 7, 2017

Benchmarking Your Building’s Energy Use
January 25, 2017

Clean Fleets, A High-Impact Action
November 9, 2016

Clean Energy Communities Program Overview
September 23, 2016



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.

Jerrod Bley

Jennifer Perry

Nancy Bernstein

Hudson Valley Region – Hudson Valley Regional Council

Carla Castillo

Eleanor Peck

Catherine (Kat) Carroll

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