The Clean Energy Community designation recognizes community leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy, all supporting the state’s clean energy goals. The Clean Energy Community initiative advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York achieve the state’s goal to supply 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.
“New York is a national leader in combating climate change, and this significant milestone demonstrates that communities in every corner of this great state are committed to our efforts to create a more sustainable future,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “These 200 communities serve as a model for cities and towns across this state and this nation to reduce energy use and preserve our environment for generations to come.”
Announced by Governor Cuomo in August 2016, the $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local governments across the state by providing grants to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities.
Overall, the 1,255 high-impact clean energy action items were completed by communities representing more than 86 percent of the state’s population in 60 counties and all 10 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) regions. Some of the largest communities across New York State have been designated Clean Energy Communities, including the City of New York, Albany County, St. Lawrence County, Suffolk County and the Town of Hempstead.
View Map showing Clean Energy Communities, actions completed and communities engaged in the Clean Energy Communities initiative