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, LLC, Courtney 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:
To Be Announced
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Resources 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
Mohawk Valley Region – Mohawk Valley Economic Development District
North Country Region – Adirondack North Country Assn.
Hudson Valley Region – Hudson Valley Regional Council