Clean Energy Communities

CCA Case Study: How Does Sustainable Westchester Do Its Groundbreaking Work? (8.7.18)
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a municipal energy procurement model that replaces the utility as the default supplier of electricity for virtually all homes and small businesses within your jurisdiction. CCA puts control of choosing an energy supplier in local hands. By pooling demand, communities build the clout necessary to negotiate lower rates with private suppliers and are able to choose cleaner energy.

 

A CCA can allow whole communities to participate in the clean energy economy by ensuring that a greater percentage of electricity is coming from renewable sources. CCA has the potential to simultaneously deliver lower monthly bills and cleaner energy for your constituents.

 

Watch this statewide webinar to take a behind the scenes look at Sustainable Westchester and understand how CCA really works and how your community can get involved.

 


STRATEGIES TO LAUNCH A SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY SOLAR PROJECT (5.23.18)

Community solar (also called shared solar, solar farms, or community distributed generation) has brought solar access to more consumers than ever before. Local community solar projects enable renters, homeowners, including low-income residents, schools, and businesses to benefit from solar if they can\’t (or don\’t want to) install panels on their properties.

Participants in community solar projects receive solar credits toward their electricity bill by subscribing to a local clean energy project.

Take a look at community solar projects and opportunities in your region.

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A Look at Clean Energy Communities Projects Under Way (2.28.18)

Local governments are critical partners in achieving a new energy vision for New York State. As such, municipal leaders play a key role in affecting energy choices in their communities, both in terms of government operations and in modeling new strategies for home owners, businesses and community institutions.
In this webinar, the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Eastern NY team takes an in-depth look at municipal energy efficiency projects that have launched in recent months, spurred by the CEC program.
Panelists review how communities can undertake similar activities and share best practices.

 

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EV Infrastructure: Paving the Way for Electric Vehicles (1.10.18)
Electric vehicles (EVs) reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants that cause smog and acid rain. Compared to gasoline powered cars, EVs are significantly more energy efficient and cost approximately 50 to 70% less to operate per mile.

NYSERDA\’s Clean Fleets High Impact Action is an effort by local governments to invest in alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure while increasing opportunities for constituents to
access EVs charging stations. In communities large and small, urban and rural, charging stations are being installed at a wide variety of locations across New York State.

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Municipalities On The Move: Energy Case Studies (11.01.17)
Join NYSERDA\’s Clean Energy Communities coordinators for a statewide webinar to learn how four local governments successfully navigated the challenges of undertaking energy saving projects in their communities.

From the small village of Boonville in Mohawk Valley to sizable Schenectady County, elected officials, municipal staff and volunteers have been hard at work to maximize their opportunities under the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities program. They will share their experiences with collaboration and savvy resource development.

Clean energy upgrades in municipal government demonstrate leadership and contribute to building healthier, more vibrant communities where people want to live and work. State programs offer assistance for municipalities to implement projects with little or no up-front cost while generating net savings. Upgrades can help your community earn credit toward the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities designation.

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Maximizing Your Municipal Building\’s Energy Efficiency (09.07.17)
Replacing outdated equipment with new smart and efficient technologies positions municipalities to save energy and money over time. These upgrades include energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in municipal buildings and facilities.

Clean energy upgrades show leadership and contribute to building healthier, more vibrant communities where people want to live and work. State programs can help municipalities implement projects with no or low up-front cost while generating net savings to improve your bottom line. Upgrades can help your community earn credit toward the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities designation.

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LED Street Lights – Procurement, Technology and Regulatory Issues for Munis (08.09.17)
By replacing conventional street lights with energy efficient LED technology, communities can reduce street light energy use by as much as 65 percent, generating cost savings and emission reductions. In addition, street light projects can contribute to creating a well-lit, safer, and more attractive community.

LED street lights last up to 100,000 hours and require much less maintenance than conventional ones. The opportunity to incorporate smart, connected technology such as dimming functions, enhanced law enforcement response, and parking management offers a world of possibilities. Even those communities that do not own their streetlights have options for converting those in their jurisdiction to LED.
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LED Street Lights: Can Your Community Afford to Wait? (06.08.17)
Whether your municipality decides to buy LED street lights or lease them from your utility, it is prudent to understand the activities that would go into preparing for street light conversion. In addition to contributing substantially to greenhouse gas reductions, research has demonstrated that LED street lights produce savings of up to 65 percent, which is why interest in conversion is growing exponentially statewide.

Even if your community has started down the path to conversion, new information is available about NYSERDA funding opportunities, relevant Public Service Commission filings, and finance mechanisms.

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For further information, please see www.NYstreetlights.org


Buying Power 101: Municipal Solar (05.09.17)

Watch the Buying Power 101: Municipal Solar Workshop to:
– Learn about municipal solar, community choice aggregation and large-scale solar
– Access guidance resources such as templates for legislation, procurement, and contracts
– Take advantage of available funding and technical assistance opportunities

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Clean Fleets, An Achievable High Impact Action To Move Your Community Toward Sustainability (11.09.16) 

Clean Fleets is an effort by local governments to invest in alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure while increasing opportunities for constituents to access electric vehicle charging stations. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, Electric Vehicles (EVs) are more energy efficient and cost about 50 to 70% less to operate per mile. Clean vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants that cause smog and acid rain. Charging stations are being installed at a wide variety of locations across New York State. In communities large and small, urban and rural, there are sites well-suited to hosting charging stations. Simple and consistent EV charging station permitting processes can cut costs and reduce delays associated with installing charging stations.

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Clean Energy Communities Program Overview (9.23.16) 

Building a more sustainable New York starts with building more sustainable communities. Local governments affect energy choices in their communities, from government operations to homes, businesses, and community institutions.

Local governments in New York State can use the 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.

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