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Cayuga Eyes Mothballed Landfill Gas Cogen Plant (Ind Report)
Landfill Gas
Date: 2019-01-18
ERROR CORRECTION: The City of Auburn has not released an RFP for consultants and has no plans to do so.

As reported Wed. 16 Jan.-- In the Empire State, the Cayuga County Public Utility Service Agency (CCPUSA) reports it is moving toward brokering electricity throughout the county, including an effort to line up a private operator for a shuttered, city owned landfill gas CHP generation facility.

To that end, the city has released an RfP for consultants to develop a strategic development plan for the proposed landfill gas project.

The RFP was made as part of a $250,000 Clean Energy Community grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), $80,000 of which is earmarked for the strategic development plan. Any contract with a consultant would need NYSERDA approval, as well as an authorizing resolution from the Legislature before a plan could be developed. (Source: auburnpub.com, 15 Jan., 2019) Contact: Cayuga County Public Utility Service Agency, (315) 253-1327, www.cayugacounty.us; City of Auburn, Jeff Dygert, City Manager, (315) 255-4100, www.auburnny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  CHP,  NYSERDA,  


NY Municipalities Earn Clean Energy Designation (Ind. Report)
NY State,Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Date: 2018-09-19
In the Empire State, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced that more than 200 communities statewide have earned the Clean Energy Community designation and, as such, are eligible to seek grant funds for energy efficiency projects.

To qualify for funding, a community must complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions to earn the designation, which recognizes community leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy. Local governments holding the designation can seek up to $250,000 to finance additional clean projects, or up to $100,000 if the community has fewer than 40,000 residents.

The high-impact actions municipalities can complete include:

  • Benchmarking energy use at municipal and large privately-owned buildings;

  • Performing energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to municipal buildings;

  • Replacing street lights with energy-efficient LED lighting;

  • Streamlining local approval processes for solar projects through the adoption of the state Unified Solar Permit;

  • Undertaking a community-based Solarize campaign to reduce solar project costs through joint purchasing;

  • Providing energy code enforcement training to code officers;

  • Earning Climate Smart Communities Certification by reducing the community's impact on the environment;

  • Passing a local law to allow aggregation of residents to gain greater choice and control over energy use as a group, called Community Choice Aggregation;

  • Installing electric vehicle charging stations and using alternative fuel vehicles for municipal business; and:

  • Establishing an Energize NY Finance Program that enables long-term, affordable Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at commercial buildings and not-for-profits.

    To date, approximately 450 New York state local governments representing more than 86 pct of the state's population in 60 counties and all 10 Economic Development Council regions, have completed more than 1,250 high-impact actions. The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects. The state's clean energy goal aims to supply 50 pct of its electricity from renewable energy resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The Recorder, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: NY Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Clean Energy Community,  Energy Efficiency,  Gov. Andrew Cuomo ,  


  • NYSERDA Recognizes Westport for Cutting Energy Consumption, Increasing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA,Clean Energy Community
    Date: 2018-06-11
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has designated the Town of Westport as a Clean Energy Community in recognition of its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.

    The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative provides grant funding to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, The Town of Westport:

  • Adopted a Benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the town's municipal buildings.
  • Streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects through adoption of the New York State Unified Solar Permit.
  • Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices in energy code enforcement for the town's code officer:
  • Installed an electric vehicle charging station at Westport Town Hall, and other upgrades and initiatives.

    Program funds are provided through the NY Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: NYSERDA, Town of Westport, June, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec: Town of Westport, www.westportny.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  Clean Energy Community,  


  • Elmira Joining NY Clean Energy Communities Program (Ind. Report)
    NY Clean Energy Community
    Date: 2018-05-02
    In the Empire State, the Town of Elmira board has unanimously pass two resolutions that would see the community join the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Community program.

    Under the program, municipalities or towns can implement ten impact items to promote energy efficiency or renewable energy. Recently, the town of Elmira passed resolutions on solar energy permitting and on building energy benchmarking. The town is also considering the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and the conversion of city street lighting to LED.

    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, according to the program website. (Source: Town of Elmira, WENY, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Benchmarking,  LED,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Livonia Scores NYSERDA Clean Energy Community Status (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2017-12-18
    In the Empire State, the village of Livonia -- pop.7,800 -- reports it has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). To achieve Clean Energy Community status, Livonia instituted:
  • building energy consumption earmarking to track and report the energy use of the community's municipal buildings;
  • installed an electric vehicle charging station in the village's municipal parking lot;
  • instituted a building and energy code training, best practices, compliance and enforcement program; and
  • adopted the New York State Unified Solar Permit to streamline the approval process for local solar projects.

    With the designation, Livonia is now eligible to apply for up to $50,000 in state grant funding which it will use for the conversion of tradition street lighting to energy efficienct LED models. (Source: NYSERDA, Various Media, ec., 2017) Contact: NYSERDA. Clean Energy Communities, www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec; Livonia, www.livoniany.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  Energy Benchmarking,  


  • Canton NY Wins Clean Energy Community Designation (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2017-10-09
    In the Empire State, the community of Canton has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in recognition of its leadership in cutting energy consumption and costs and driving the adoption of clean energy locally.

    The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local New York State government leaders implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable development projects in their communities. The program demonstrates the importance of communities helping New York reach its Clean Energy Standard of 50 pct of the state's electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.

    The Clean Energy Community designation qualifies Canton to apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share. (Source: NYSERDA, Canton NY, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: NYSERDA. Clean Energy Communities, www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Clean Energy Communities,  


    Bergen NY Wins Clean Energy Community Designation (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA,Clean Energy Community
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In the Empire State, the village of Bergen has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

    The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local governments implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects. In addition, the designation gives the village an opportunity to apply for up to $50,000 toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share. To win Clean Energy Community certification, Bergen instituted a uilding energy benchmarking program, LED street lighting, and energy code enforcement training — training compliance officers in energy code best practices.

    New York state communities designated Clean Energy Communities are eligible to apply for up to $250,000 funding with no local cost share, and up to 25 pct paid in advance to support additional clean energy projects. (Source: NYSERDA, Daily News, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; NY Clean Energy Community Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  NYSERDA,  Clean Energy Community,  

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