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North Country Communities Zero In on LED Street Lighting

North Country towns and villages are becoming increasingly interested in conversion to LED street lights, says Clean Energy Communities Coordinator Jamie Rogers of Adirondack-North Country Association. Communities in St. Lawrence, Franklin, Essex, Clinton, Lewis, Jefferson and Hamilton counties are studying LED lighting issues and working to identify the steps they need to take. ANCA is providing outreach to planning departments and elected officials to supply needed information.

The towns of Belmont, Westport, Elizabethtown, Franklin and Malone along with the villages of Canton, Champlain and Crogan have expressed an interest in converting their street lighting to LEDs. Conversion to LED street lights in New York State requires a host of decisions in each community. Among them is determining whether to wait for the utility to develop an LED street light tariff, or to start proceedings to buy the street lights from the utility. In New York State, the Public Service Commission does not require utilities to sell their street lights if asked. In the North Country, National Grid has an LED tariff for communities that wish to continue renting their lights and has not yet begun working with those that wish to purchase their street lights.

ANCA is working with the Town of Westport in Essex County and with the County of Lewis to achieve other High Impact Action items. Upcoming activities for these two communities include completion of benchmarking work, finishing up their energy code training, working to approve clean fleet agreements and kicking off a solarize campaign this spring. Frank Pace has been appointed by the Lewis County Legislature to act as the county liaison to the CEC program.

In the Village of Canton, energy champion Carol Gable serves as chair of the Canton Sustainability Committee. In that capacity, the St. Lawrence University executive works closely with Mayor Michael Dalton and with volunteers like herself who are dedicated to advancing the Village’s sustainability work. “The mayor has been so supportive of our work,” noted Gable.

St. Lawrence University offered to help the Village develop a Sustainability Committee several years ago. Today, there are three subcommittees: Energy, Transportation and Food/Composting. The committee has supported the Village’s retention of Solar City, which is structuring a Power Purchase Agreement for a 2MW municipal solar project that will come on line this summer. The remote net metered project, which will power the Village’s municipal buildings, is being built on a 16-acre site on Route 11.

Carol Gable, Village of Canton Sustainability Committee Chair

With the advent of NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program, the Village decided to compete for that funding stream because it has been moving forward on a number of fronts that dovetail with the required High Impact Actions: Solarize, Unified Solar Permit, Code Enforcement Training, LED street lights and Benchmarking.

The Sustainability Committee includes Village Trustee Carol Pynchon, Doug Welch, Anne Heidenreich and Village Superintendent (public works) Brien Hallahan. Louise Gava also served on the committee when she was the sustainability coordinator at St. Lawrence University. Gava now works for the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA).

Gable said she appreciates the help offered to Canton by ANCA’s “circuit riders” David Bradford and Matt Bullwinkle, who provide technical assistance to communities, including Canton.

Listen in on an interview with the Canton Sustainability Committee:

Mid-Hudson Region Sweeps Clean Energy Communities ‘First’ Designations

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced the first seven communities that have met the criteria for designation as Clean Energy Communities. The municipalities are being recognized for their leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble and Office Harry Woltman with the police department’s EV cruiser.



The Hudson Valley municipalities being recognized by NYSERDA are Ulster County, the Town of New Castle, the Village of Dobbs Ferry, the City of Kingston and the Town of Red Hook. The Towns of Smithtown and Huntington, both on Long Island, round out the group of the first seven communities statewide to be designated.


“This is very much in keeping with the Hudson Valley’s history of environmental stewardship,“ said Pat Pomeroy, executive director of the Newburgh-based Hudson Valley Regional Council, in making the announcement Tuesday. “We are delighted but not surprised, because our team here has worked closely with the designated communities.”


Ulster County (pop. 180,143) is the first designated county statewide and first large community. Town of New Castle (pop. 18,067) is the first designated small community. Village of Dobbs Ferry (pop. 11,131) is the second designated small community. City of Kingston (pop. 23,436) is the first designated city. Red Hook (pop. 11,319) is the first designated community in Dutchess County and the fourth township in the state.


Under the program, grants are available to 18 communities in each region of the state. All city, town, village, and county governments, tribes, and nations may apply. The grants range in size from $50,000 to $250,000 depending on the community’s population. No local match is required.


The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the State to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. Clean Energy Communities advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy (REV) strategy by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York reach its Clean Energy Standard of 50 percent of the state’s electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.


To obtain a Clean Energy Communities designation, a municipality must document its success at completing at least four of 10 “high impact actions” that save energy and money and contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions – activities like tracking of energy use in municipal buildings, training for improved energy code enforcement, and policies to support solar energy.


A look at just one of the high-impact actions—conversion to LED street lights—shows that potential savings are sizable. A 2014 NYSERDA report calculated that if the 1.4 million street lights outside of New York City were retrofitted with LEDs, the resulting annual financial savings from reduced energy use would be about $28 million, with another $67 million in annual savings from reduced maintenance costs.[1] The potential energy savings from replacing these street lights was estimated to be 524 gigawatt hours annually[2]—an equivalent greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction of 254,000 metric tons.[3]   In the Mid-Hudson Region, the potential energy savings from conversions in Central Hudson Gas & Electric and Orange & Rockland Utilities territories is over 28 million kwh per year, with a cost savings of more than $1.8 million.


To help administer the program, the Hudson Valley Regional Council has deployed three Clean Energy Communities coordinators, Senior Planner Carla Castillo and program coordinators Europa McGovern and Niklas Moran. The three work closely with communities to help them identify and document their high-impact actions and “are proud to have assisted the designated Mid-Hudson Region municipalities with achieving Clean Energy Communities designation,” said Pomeroy.


As an organization of the seven Mid-Hudson county governments, HVRC offers a regional perspective and provides planning, education and outreach, and advocacy services. The council covers the counties of Sullivan, Putnam, Ulster, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, and Westchester, and the municipalities within them. HVRC contracts with the Capital District Regional Planning Commission to perform this work for NYSERDA.


Municipalities – Background


Ulster County’s four high impact actions were: Climate Smart Communities Certification, Energize NY Finance, Clean Fleets and Benchmarking.


“County Executive Mike Hein is so enthusiastic about this work,” said Ulster County Office of the Environment Coordinator Amanda LaValle. “Under his leadership, we’ve been able to do a lot that’s beyond the scope of this program.” As an example, LaValle cites the county’s decision to source 100 percent of its power from renewable sources, buying offsets for its operations.


New Castle completed Community Choice Aggregation, Energize NY, Benchmarking and NYS Unified Solar Permit.


Rob Greenstein, Supervisor of the Town of New Castle, said, “The Town of New Castle is proud to be the first community in its size range (<40,000 people) in the Mid-Hudson Region to achieve the Clean Energy Community designation. Since the adoption of the Town’s Climate Action Plan in 2011, climate change mitigation and adaptation has been a priority in the New Castle community. This designation has highlighted the importance that we place on renewable energy and sustainability. We are excited to begin to play a heightened role in the State’s attempts to reform the energy landscape of New York State and to develop well-designed, impactful clean energy projects.”


Dobbs Ferry completed Solarize, Climate Smart Communities Certification, LED Street Lights, Clean Fleets, NYS Unified Solar Permit and Benchmarking.

“It starts with people; volunteers who are committed to putting in the time and effort to help educate the community on the benefits and programs which can achieve a more sustainable community,” said Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett. “The village’s Energy Task Force – a dedicated group of people led by Nina Orville – have been a critical force behind the village’s accomplishments. Another factor is the importance of using prudent economic analysis in assessing what programs make sense, and how much. Using basic return models as part of the review process, the village has committed even greater investment into the initiatives, which has led in turn to even greater returns and savings over time.”

The City of Kingston completed these high-impact clean energy actions: Clean Fleets, Benchmarking, Climate Smart Communities Certification and Energize NY Finance.


“The City of Kingston has a track record for being a model of sustainability for communities across New York State and we are proud to be New York’s first city to be declared a Clean Energy Community,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “I am so proud of our staff and volunteers who have worked diligently to bring us to this point. I look forward to continuing to demonstrate that by making sustainability a priority, communities can and will thrive.”

Red Hook completed these high impact actions: Solarize, Energy Code Enforcement Training, Benchmarking and NYS Unified Solar Permit.

Town Supervisor Robert McKeon said, “The Town of Red Hook is pleased to be recognized as the first municipality in Dutchess County and only the fourth township in NY to achieve this milestone. The designation is simply an acknowledgement of our steadfast commitment to create a healthier and more sustainable community for our residents. We’re excited to once again partner with NYSERDA to further adoption of Red Hook’s Climate Action Plan and add additional projects to spur our local economies. Folks may not realize that energy and energy efficiency jobs now amount to more than all the fossil fuel industries combined. In addition to the projects listed below, Red Hook is beginning an Energize NY program, installing electric vehicle charging stations at Town Hall and converting our street lights to LEDs.”


Clean Energy Communities – Background


Cities, counties, towns and villages that complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions are designated Clean Energy Communities and are eligible to apply for funding of up to $250,000 with no local cost share with the option of receiving up to 25 percent paid in advance to support additional clean energy projects. At least two of the four actions must have been completed after August 1, 2016. NYSERDA is accepting applications for funding on a rolling basis through September 30, 2019 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.  Funds are being provided through the Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.


Clean Energy Community Coordinators are available at no charge to support cash- or resource-strapped communities to develop and prioritize clean energy goals; access easy-to-use resources such as guidance documents and case studies; and take advantage of available funding and technical assistance opportunities.


More than 100 communities statewide are engaged with the Clean Energy Communities program.  For more information on Clean Energy Communities, visit



[1] New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Street Lighting in New York State: Opportunities and Challenges, December 2014 (Revised January 2015), Report Number 14-42: p. S-2.

[2] One gigawatt hour (GWh) equals 1,000 megawatt hours MWh); one MWh equals 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh).

[3] Using an avoided emissions rate of 0.485 metric tons per MWh, derived from US EPA’s AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT) tool, available at​statelocalclimate/avoided-emissions-and-generation-tool-avert.

Director’s Corner

Welcome to the second edition of the Eastern NY Territory’s Clean Energy Communities quarterly newsletter. As we enter the sixth month of our effort to execute NYSERDA’s CEC program, we are glad to report the enthusiastic interest of local governments in becoming energy efficient through the Clean Energy Community Program. Within the Eastern NY Territory, which covers the Adirondack, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, and Mid-Hudson Regions, our team is currently engaged with over one hundred communities, helping them to understand the program and guiding them through the CEC “designation” process in which a community achieves four out of 10 “high impact actions.” In this issue we will spotlight the Hudson Valley, where four of our Territory’s communities have been  Designated Clean Energy Communities. We will also highlight the CEC initiatives underway in the City of Cohoes in the Capital Region and several towns and villages in the Adirondacks. Please contact your regional outreach coordinator if your community is interested in becoming a Clean Energy Community.

Municipal Energy Procurement Forum

Hosted by Ulster County Climate Smart Committee
Wednesday, April 13th 2016 | 8:45 AM to 10:30 AM 721 Media Center |
721 Broadway, Kingston 12401


Continental breakfast

Ulster County Legislator Manna Jo Greene, Chair, U.C. Climate Smart Committee and Pat Courtney Strong, an independent contractor to NYSERDA

Overview of energy consumption – Hugo Jule, Courtney Strong Inc.
o Energy consumption by end users in New York buildings

Solar Procurement Guidelines for Local Government – Emily Chessin, Meister Consultants Group, NY-Sun PV Trainers Network
o Why Procure Solar
o New York Solar Market and Policy Background o Solar Electric System Procurement Process
o Special Areas of Concern for Local Governments
o Case Studies in Municipal Procurements

Q&A Open Discussion
o Town supervisors discuss areas in which they need the most help and follow up.

Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium: An introduction
– Jen Metzger, Pat Courtney Strong


High-Impact Actions In Our Communities, Large and Small


Louis W. Allstadt

In each edition of this e-newsletter, we’ll focus on two communities that are working on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability. This time, our spotlight is on Cooperstown and New Rochelle.

Cooperstown is a small village making a big impact. For Lou Allstadt, a trustee and climate activist who calls the Otsego County village of 2,000 home, a point of pride is that the municipality has made the business case for energy efficiency. As one of New York State’s 190 Climate Smart Communities, the Village has taken a host of actions toward sustainability, and is now deciding how to translate these accomplishments into Clean Energy Communities High Impact Actions.

“We’ve been very careful to ensure that the energy saving projects we undertake have both cost savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions”, says Allstadt, a former Mobil Oil executive.

The Village learned about benchmarking energy use from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities program and has collected baseline data on energy uses in buildings, vehicles, sewer and water plants and street lighting. The analysis of that data is now being put into a plain language report that “will be easy for anyone to understand,” says Allstadt. “However, we started working on some of the obvious candidates for reducing energy even before all the data had been collected.”

The Village also:
• Insulated the Village firehouse ceiling and doors, upgraded windows, converted to LED lighting and installed a high efficiency heat pump for cooling and heating.
• is saving fuel and electricity at the large historic village hall with heating system improvements, additional insulation and the first stage of conversion to LED lighting.
• converted a portion of its owned streetlights to LEDs, which prompted further efforts to convert the majority of streetlights owned NYSEG to achieve additional savings.
• already has regulations that provide a simple process for approval of solar energy installations on homes and businesses, which should streamline the process of adopting the New York State Unified Solar Permit, a NYSERDA High Impact Action.
• has added a cost/benefit analysis of fuel efficiencies for purchasing decisions on municipal work vehicles and trolleys.
• with a group of nearby municipalities, has been investigating a solar photovoltaic installation to supply electricity. A developer is being sought.
• has been working with Constellation Energy to analyze possible upgrades of pumps and motors at the water treatment plant and additional LED lighting upgrades, which could count toward the Clean Energy Upgrades High Impact Actions.
• is including energy efficiency in designing upcoming sewer plant upgrades.
• has identified potential locations for EV charging stations.
• passed a climate change resolution that has been picked up by several other towns.

In the Mohawk Valley, Dan Sullivan of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District provides Clean Energy Communities assistance to municipalities. Reach him at and (315) 866-4671.

LED Leadership From New Rochelle

Two hundred miles to the south, in Westchester County, the City of New Rochelle is out ahead on the High Impact Action of changing over its 7,000 street lights to LEDs. Here are fast facts on the NewRoc project, according to Scott Pickup, operations director for the Department of Public Works:


Mayor Noam Bramson at LED street light ribbon cutting

  • The City is financing the lights via a $2.95M Energy Performance Contract.
  • The project developer, Lumen Light Solutions, will be paid $650,000.
  • Annual savings of 3 million kilowatt hours will account for a 64% reduction in energy costs.
  • Initially, the city is set to save approximately $270,000 annually, until the new streetlights are paid off.
  • Once the lights have been fully paid for (approximately year 8), the annual savings will balloon to around $638,000.
  • Over the estimated 20-year lifespan of the LED fixtures, the city will save upwards of $9 million.

In the Hudson Valley , Carla Castillo of Hudson Valley Regional Council provides Clean Energy Communities assistance to the region’s municipalities. Carla can be reached at and  (845) 564-4075.

Municipalities of any size can benefit from the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities program, as these stories demonstrate. Don’t delay – apply for Clean Energy Communities today.


Consortium Aims To Assist Municipalities With LED Streetlight Conversion

Written by Allison Dunne for WAMC Northeast Public Radio
October 24, 2016


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $790,000 is available for Mid-Hudson Valley municipalities to convert to LED streetlights. The idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state reach its energy goals.

Cuomo says the initiative is projected to reduce each participating municipality’s electricity costs by up to 65 percent. The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium will administer the initiative and is the first such consortium in the state to assist municipalities with LED streetlight conversion. The consortium is led by the Kingston-based firm Courtney Strong and its partners. Pat Courtney-Strong is president of the firm.

“What we are aiming to do, what are goals are is that, one, we’re working with mayors and supervisors to analyze their technical and financial options so that they really understand what the opportunity is with regard to streetlight conversion,” Courtney-Strong-says. “Secondly, we’re helping them get ready to ask the right questions when discussing streetlight acquisition with their utility company. Thirdly, we’re helping municipalities prepare requests for proposals from lighting vendors and maintenance vendors so that they can get the best deals. And then fourthly, we’re helping them get ready to come together as interested communities to pursue a municipal aggregated purchase of streetlights so that even small communities can afford to make the transition.” Read more

Governor Cuomo: $790,000 for Mid-Hudson Municipalities To Reduce Energy Costs By Converting To LED Street Lights

First of its kind initiative for LED conversion can cut costs by up to 65 percent and decrease greenhouse gas emissions

Announced During Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance Conference

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $790,000 is now available for cities, towns and villages in the Mid-Hudson Region through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to convert streetlights to LEDs. This initiative, which was announced during the Governor’s Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance Conference, is projected to reduce each participating municipality’s electricity costs by up to 65 percent which could result in more than $6 million in energy savings.

“Communities across the state are playing a larger role in combating climate change and securing a cleaner and greener future for all of New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will play a critical role in helping New Yorkers in the Mid-Hudson Valley transition to cutting-edge, 21st century lighting technologies that are essential for building more sustainable communities, while also cutting costs and reducing burdens on local property taxpayers.”

The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium will administer the initiative and is the first such consortium in the state to assist municipalities with LED street light conversion. Assistance in understanding LED conversion options is available to all 249 municipalities in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Columbia, Greene and Westchester counties, regardless of whether the municipality or the utility owns the lights.

The consortium is led by Courtney Strong Inc. and its partners, Abundant Efficiency LLC, Citizens for Local Power and LightSmart Consulting LLC. Municipalities can join the Consortium at no cost and will receive access to services including:

  • Analysis and options for LED conversion
  • Procurement support, including sample Request for Proposals and inter-municipal agreements that can support shared purchasing, installation and maintenance
  • Support with negotiations with utilities for buyouts of existing lighting facilities
  • Technical assistance
  • Continuous knowledge-sharing through webinars and workshops

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made the announcement as part of the Sustainable Development Conference in Hyde Park, said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is incentivizing a common-sense approach to reducing greenhouse gases. As a former local government official, I know how important it is to help our municipalities reduce their operating costs. Replacing streetlights with LEDs will not just help our environment, it will help taxpayers keep money in their pockets.”

By reducing the overall amount of electricity the State consumes, this project advances Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy and recently enacted Clean Energy Standard, a nation-leading mandate that 50 percent of New York State’s electricity come from renewable energy resources by 2030.

Under REV, New York State is putting renewed emphasis on harnessing the capabilities of local governments to motivate their communities and accelerate local energy-saving and renewable energy projects. Community actions will help them meet their sustainability, climate and energy objectives while contributing to the State’s energy goals.

Once the first 20 municipalities take advantage of the program and convert to LED street lighting, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced by more than 42,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 15 years, equivalent to removing 8,840 cars off the road over this span.

New York State Energy and Finance Chairman Richard Kauffman said, “Local community and municipal leaders play a critical role in our transition to a clean energy future and our pathway to meeting the Governor’s aggressive 50 percent by 2030 renewables commitment. I’m thrilled New York will support public projects like LED conversions to reduce costs, cut emissions, and continue our progress on climate change under Reforming the Energy Vision.”

NYSERDA’s support for the project is from the Governor’s Cleaner, Greener Communities initiative, which encourages communities to incorporate sustainability goals and principles into local decision-making and then form partnerships to transform these goals into economic development projects.

NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes said, “Local governments are increasingly seeking new energy and cost savings opportunities to create more sustainable communities. This project will serve as a model for other regions and advances Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy for a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system.”

Courtney Strong Inc. President Pat Courtney Strong said, “We are very pleased to be working with NYSERDA on this important project. We know that Mid-Hudson municipalities are very interested in the deep energy savings they will realize from transitioning to LED streetlights. Our job over the next two years will be helping them identify the key issues for their community as they plan that transition, and providing decision support for their choices.”

On November 20, 2015 Governor Cuomo amended the Public Service Law by adding a new section that establishes procedures for the transfer of ownership of complete street lighting systems to municipalities or other government entities. With the change in ownership, municipalities take control of the lighting on their own streets and have the opportunity to install state-of-the-art, energy efficient lights and new technologies to lower costs to taxpayers and protect the environment.

Providing municipalities with the opportunity to have more control over energy usage fits into Governor Cuomo’s strategy to provide all consumers more control over the energy they consume. By empowering communities to have more say over their energy use, street lighting conversions help local governments lower municipal energy expenditures while lowering overall emissions, thereby advancing the State’s efforts to lead on climate change.

NYSERDA’s 2014 study, Street Lighting in New York State: Opportunities and Challenges, found that if street lights statewide were changed to LEDs, an estimated $97 million and 524 gigawatt hours of electricity would be saved annually, the equivalent of powering 74,000 homes.

For more information about joining the Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium, visit

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York’s economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50 percent of the state’s electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor’s $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit and follow us @Rev4NY.




Meet the Clean Energy Communities Coordinators

From left: Dan Sullivan, Jamie Rogers, Robyn Reynolds and Carla Castillo

From left: Dan Sullivan, Jamie Rogers, Robyn Reynolds and Carla Castillo

– Regional planning expertise
– Capital CarShare board member
– Solarize Albany team member

Robyn joined the Capital District Regional Planning Commission staff in 2016 as a Senior Planner. Robyn previously worked in the private sector as a sustainability planner, assisting municipalities with renewable energy implementation and sustainable development. Robyn has a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Studies from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Regional Planning from the University at Albany, SUNY. Robyn is a board member for Capital CarShare . 518-453-0850

HUDSON VALLEY: Carla Castillo
– Town of Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council
– Community development expertise
– Middle school mom extraordinaire
– School recycling advocate

Prior to joining Hudson Valley Regional Council, Carla worked in Philadelphia, where she led the transformative sustainability and neighborhood revitalization efforts of NKCDC. With Recyclebank, Carla inspired city-wide residents to recycle more through Philadelphia Recycling Rewards. At the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Reinvestment Fund, she stabilized distressed neighborhoods through the development of 550+ homes as an affordable housing lender and technical assistance provider to community development corporations. Also at the Reinvestment Fund, Carla worked with internationally-based microfinance CEOs to advance the micro-finance industry.

Carla volunteers in the Town of Cornwall, chairing the Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council and working with select Cornwall Central School District schools to implement school-based recycling programs.  (845) 564-4075

HUDSON VALLEY: Europa McGovern
– Educator
– Environmentalist
– Biker

Europa previously worked for NGOs and both state and national parks in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Europa has participated in research in the tidal wetlands and the fisheries of the Hudson River Estuary, and she has shared our rich local history of environmental activism and conservation with schoolchildren and the public alike. She has also worked with dedicated volunteers to enhance programming and essential public support in our parks, including Walkway Over the Hudson State Park and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site. Her interests also include sustainable agriculture and waste management, alternative transportation, green urban planning, and environmental justice. When not working in support of the Clean Energy Communities program, she may be found riding her bike to her local farm or about town, or in the many beautiful outdoor spaces of the Hudson Valley hiking or biking.

– Educator
– Coach
– Organic Farmer
– Chair, Town of Ritchfield Comprehensive Plan Committee
Before joining Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Dan had a 40-year career as a high school English teacher and coach (high school and NCAA Divisions I and III Track & Field and Cross-Country). In 2011, Dan and his wife Teresa took up organic vegetable farming at their farm in Richfield Springs.

Dan is a member of the Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank Committee; Chairman of Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful; Member of the Town of Richfield Planning Board; Chairman of the Town of Richfield Comprehensive Plan Committee, and a trustee of both the Otsego Land Trust and Otsego 2000. (315) 866-4671

– Former mayor, Lake Placid
– Essex County IDA board member
– Maple syrup maker
– Sportsman

Prior to joining Adirondack North Country Association in 2010, Jamie served as mayor of Lake Placid, where he implemented innovative municipal energy saving programs that reduced the municipal electric load by a whopping 10 percent. He brought a free public transportation system to the village and developed a multi-year budget system coupled with asset management planning. Jamie leads ANCA’s implementation of NYSERDA’s Green Jobs, Green NY program and through this work has helped hundreds of homeowners and businesses access free energy assessments and incentives for efficiency upgrades.

Jamie is a member of the boards of Essex County Historical Society, Essex County Industrial Development Agency, and the Upstate chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. When he is not working, golfing, skiing, fishing, or sailing, he can be found making maple syrup at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. (518) 891-6200

Clean Energy Communities Fall Newsletter Director’s Corner

New Program Provides Rewards For Clean Energy Actions By Communities


By Todd Fabozzi
Director of Sustainability, CDRPC

Welcome to the first edition of our Clean Energy Communities newsletter. I’m Todd Fabozzi, Director of Sustainability for the Capital District Regional Planning Commission and Director of the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Program for the Eastern New York Territory.

CDRPC is a regional planning and resource center serving the upstate New York counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady since 1967. We are honored to be the recipient of a NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program grant to serve as the manager of the Eastern Upstate New York Territory.

The CEC program is being delivered by CDRPC through a unique partnership of regional agencies that will 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 being supported by Climate Action Associates, LLC and Courtney Strong Inc.

The NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Program provides funding, direct technical support, and recognition to local governments that demonstrate leadership in clean energy. NYSERDA has identified 10 High-Impact Actions that local governments can implement to save money, foster a vibrant economy, and improve the environment. By completing four of the 10 High-Impact Actions, a local government can earn the Clean Energy Community designation, as well as a grant of up to $250,000, with no local cost share, to support additional clean energy projects. To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, at least two of the High-Impact Actions must be completed after August 1, 2016. The 10 High-Impact Actions are: Benchmarking, Clean Energy Upgrades, LED Street Lights, Clean Fleets, Solarize, Unified Solar Permit, Energy Code Enforcement Training, Climate Smart Communities Certification, Community Choice Aggregation and Energize NY Finance. Find out how your community can begin earning financial support and recognition today.

Todd Fatodd_fabozzi-photobozzi is the Director of Sustainability for the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, and the Director of the Clean Energy Communities Program for the Eastern New York Territory. During his 23-year career as a regional planner, he has been involved with numerous smart growth and watershed protection studies and has managed the Capital District’s Climate Smart Communities Regional Coordinators Pilot program, which provided technical support to communities seeking to address issues associated with climate change. Todd is also an expert on the use of Geographic Information Systems and has taught GIS at the University at Albany for the past 13 years.


New Paltz OKs LED streetlights replacement study

News article posted on 8/27/16 by William J. Kemble, , for Daily Freeman

NEW PALTZ – Trustees have agreed to hire a consultant to conduct a review of possible cost savings if street lights were purchased by the village and converted to energy efficient fixtures.

Approval to move forward with the study was given during a Village Board meeting Wednesday, with officials agreeing to pay $2,336, or $8 each for a review of 292 street lights owned by Central Hudson.

“I think what’s really important about LED replacement is the opportunity not just for savings in electric use but it’s not leasing the lights from Central Hudson,” Mayor Tim Rogers said. “On average we pay $232 per pole per year and the vast majority of that money goes toward leasing of the lights, not necessarily the electricity.”

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