Village Receives Clean Energy Community Designation for its Commitment to Cut Costs and Reduce Energy Consumption
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Village Receives Clean Energy Community Designation for its Commitment to Cut Costs and Reduce Energy Consumption
On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) designated the Village of Port Chester a Clean Energy Community, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.
Announced by Governor Cuomo in August 2016, the $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the state by providing grants to eligible municipalities 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 mandate of having half of the state’s electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.
Port Chester received the designation for completing 4 of 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the Clean Energy Communities initiative. In addition, the designation gives Port Chester an opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share.
“This effort is part of a key strategy of the Village’s adopted Strategic Plan, which sets out a goal of systemically identifying and prioritizing areas of concern about the organization, environment, finances, emergency management and risk management” stated Christopher Steers, Village Manager for Port Chester. “As we move forward, we will continually look for innovative, sustainable ways of operating our Village.”
To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, Port Chester completed the following high-impact clean energy actions:
·         Adopting a Unified Solar Permitting Process
·         Conducting Energy Use Benchmarking of Municipal Facilities
·         Converting Streetlights to LED (Light Emitting Diode)
·         Participating in Energy Code Enforcement Training
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 and 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.
Once all funding is exhausted for large or small/medium categories in a region, local governments designated a Clean Energy Community are eligible to apply for a $5,000 grant, on a first-come, first-serve basis until such funds are exhausted.
Clean Energy Community Coordinators are also available at no charge to help 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.
For more information on Clean Energy Communities, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec.