Clean Energy Communities

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Replacing outdated equipment with new smart and efficient technologies positions municipalities to save energy and money over time.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.

Visit Clean Energy Communities Program website