NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Program

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) serves as the manager of the Eastern Upstate New York Territory for the Clean Energy Communities Leadership Round, which is delivered through a unique partnership of regional agencies that administer the program in four NYS Economic Development Council Regions: the North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, and Mid-Hudson regions.

The Eastern Upstate NY Territory Team includes CDRPC, 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, LLCCourtney Strong, Inc., and the Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership, Inc.



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 and receive up to $50,000

Upcoming Energy Code Enforcement Training:

September 27, 2023
One Park Place, Ste 102, Albany, NY 12205
8am – 5pm
Click Here to Register

This full day, interactive workshop focuses on what code enforcement officials need to know about the Energy Code in the context of its practical application on active construction projects. The Energy Code is a minimum building standard for energy efficiency, applicable to new construction and renovation of commercial and residential buildings in New York State. All community Building Code Officers are welcome to attend. This training offers 6 hours of DOS credit as well as 6 hours of AIA HSW credits.

Communities who participate will receive credit for the Energy Code Enforcement Training Action for NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program, for 200 points and 1 action towards designation.

LED Streetlight Transition in The Capital Region


Converting to LEDs results in significant savings in municipal cost and emissions reductions. Once converted, LEDs last longer and require less maintenance than conventional streetlights. Smart technologies can also be incorporated to include dimming and other management functions. An added bonus is that, once your conversion is 50% complete, your municipality can earn credit towards a grant in NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program.

Is your community interested in converting its streetlights to LED? We can help understand the options available to purchase your streetlights and convert, or continue utility ownership and request a conversion.  Connect with your outreach coordinator for more information.


If your community has already converted or is in the process of converting and not listed on this map, please contact haley.balcanoff@cdrpc.org.





Program Resources 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

Nancy Bernstein

Hudson Valley Region – Hudson Valley Regional Council

Carla Castillo

Eleanor Peck

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