Welcome to the 10th edition of the Eastern Upstate New York Territory’s Clean Energy Communities quarterly newsletter. The CEC program, funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is delivered within the Territory by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) through a unique partnership of regional agencies, which includes the Adirondack North Country Association, the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, and the Hudson Valley Regional Council. The Partnership is also supported by Climate Action Associates, LLC and Courtney Strong Inc.
Communities across the Territory are receiving technical support from our team and actively completing “high impact” actions in their pursuit of CEC Designation. Communities must complete four actions to achieve CEC designation. Designated communities qualify for match-free grants to design and implement clean energy projects. Currently,188 communities within the Territory have completed a total of 567 “high impact” actions, 95 communities are officially designated and advancing program funded projects, and many others are working through the designation process.
Designated communities within the territory have qualified for $6,685,020 in project funding to date.
Continue reading to learn about recent program activities and some of the exemplary actions local governments are taking to become sustainable and energy efficient. Contact your regional outreach coordinator if your community is interested in becoming a Clean Energy Community.