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NYSERDA Funding Opportunities

Have you visited the NYSERDA Funding Opportunities page recently?

NYSERDA’s efforts extend beyond programs for residential homes and commercial buildings. Many of NYSERDA’s funding opportunities affect communities, local workforce, and entrepreneurs. NYSERDA is seeking proposals for a number of clean energy initiatives such as:

▪    New York State Clean Air School Bus Program

▪    Clean Energy On-the-Job Training

▪    Combined Heat and Power Acceleration Program

▪    Ultraviolet and Electron Beam Process Innovation and Market Transformation

▪    Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity

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Getting to the Triple Bottom Line

The Great Room at SUNY Orange in Newburgh, NY, was the location of the well-attended and highly-praised energy projects finance conference titled, “Getting to the Triple Bottom Line: Innovative Strategies to Green Your Business.”

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120 attendees filled the Great Room at SUNY Orange in Newburgh, NY

The Mid-Hudson EDGE team co-hosted the event with the Orange County Department of Planning, to help provide a unique opportunity for the Hudson Valley community to gain a deeper understanding of the spectrum of strategies available to support energy projects, including exciting new opportunities in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy finance. The Mid-Hudson region is at the nexus of cutting edge programs in energy project finance.

The 16 panelists gathered for the four event panels represented the spectrum of incentive and finance opportunities available to support energy projects in the New York area.

John Ahearn and Kathryn Fantauzzi presented on commercial, not-for-profit, and residential customer opportunities from NYSERDA. Nathaniel Doyno and Amanda DiMaso discussed utility company programs available from Con Edison and Central Hudson, respectively. Mark Thielking and Robert Fischman discussed opportunities in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for commercial customers and other programs developed by Energize NY. Fred Lee described the work of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC). Tom Kacandes from Sunrise Solar discussed equipment manufacturer-provided financing and Robert Boyajieff of Johnson Controls provided an energy services company (ESCO) perspective.

Bryan Garcia and Genevieve Sherman from the Connecticut Green Bank and David Gabrielson from PACENow offered lessons and insights from related programs available outside of New York State. Bruce Schlein, Director of Sustainability at Citi, discussed the role of federal and interstate programs and the importance of secondary financial markets led by Citi and other large financial institutions. Bruce Schlein and Bryan Garcia serve as co-chairs of the Financing Solutions Working Group of the State Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEEAction Network), a state- and local-led effort facilitated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take energy efficiency to scale. Robert Sanders from the Clean Energy Group drew attention to the role of finance in supporting energy resiliency.

Alfred Griffin, president of NY Green Bank, was the keynote speaker and introduced many audience members to the NY Green Bank while providing all with a deeper understanding of the organization’s missions and operations.

A final session offered attendees a detailed tour of the Consolidated Funding Application tool and associated resources, as well as NYSERDA’s Cleaner, Greener Communities program.

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Meridith Nierenberg of RUPCO (right) exhibited on behalf of the NYSERDA Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program.

The event was sponsored by 10 organizations including two local utilities (Central Hudson and Con Edison), NYSERDA contractors (RUPCO and Energize NY), NYSERDA program participants (Continental Organics and Newburgh Brewing), and a number of Mid-Hudson EDGE partners (Hudson Valley Regional Council, USGBC New York Upstate Chapter, Council of Industry, and Sustainable Hudson Valley). These organizations provided financial, advertising, and technical assistance, while many were present as expert panelists and exhibitors.

Attendees were polled after the event, and the feedback was positive. One audience member stated, the event offered a “knowledgeable and skilled presenters and excellent moderators with senses of humor made a packed program on material that I have little experience with quite palatable, even enjoyable.” The event panelists, sponsors, and exhibitors enthusiastically praised the event for helping to build and foster cross-fertilization of ideas within the energy projects finance community.

NYSERDA Can Help Hudson Valley Beer and Spirits Producers Learn to Sip Energy

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Since the late 1990s, the craft brewing, distilling, and brewpub industry has boomed across the U.S.  The Brewers Association estimates that more than 400 craft breweries opened nationwide last year, and according to a white paper by Michael Kinstlick, co-founder of Hudson Valley-based Coppersea Distillers, LLC, New York has the third most active craft distillers in the nation.  The Mid-Hudson’s Regional Economic Development Council identified the food and beverage industry as one of the sectors that drive the local economy and should be fostered.

While these artisans create jobs and opportunity to sample unique and locally-sourced beer and spirits, they are also energy-intense operations with high utility costs.  The leading energy uses in distilleries and breweries are refrigeration, making hot water for production, and packing processes. In brewpubs, food preparation and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) lead the list.

Like nearly all other businesses in New York State, distilleries, breweries, and brewpubs can benefit from many best practices for energy efficiency and conservation that can be easily incorporated into daily operations.  Many can also benefit from adopting efficient technologies to produce energy.  These strategies can reduce operating expenses and increase income while reducing a company’s environmental footprint.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) commercial and industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy programs can help.  Businesses can utilize the Flex Tech and Industrial and Process Efficiency (IPE) programs to identify beneficial and cost-effective strategies.  Businesses with annual electric demand lower than 100kW and with less than 10 employees can take advantage of the free Small Commercial Energy Assessment program.

Established businesses can take advantage of NYSERDA’s Existing Facilities Program to help pay for upgrades to equipment, including more efficiency motors, variable frequency drives (VFDs), HVAC equipment, refrigerators, and lighting.  The New Construction Program can help newcomers – or those planning to move or expand operations – create energy-sipping facilities.

These production facilities are also often great candidates for renewable energy installations.  A solar thermal system can help make the large quantity of hot water used in brewing and distilling process, and can sit alongside a solar PV system or wind turbine to generate electricity.  Businesses with access to natural gas service can take advantage of support for installation of an efficient Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system that produces electricity and steam.

Producers and sellers of alcohol encourage their customers to drink their products responsibly.  With NYSERDA’s help, New York State’s burgeoning beer and spirits producers can learn to do the same with energy.