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NYSERDA Names Tompkins County 'Clean Energy Community'

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced on April 20 that Tompkins County became the first county in the Southern Tier to be designated a Clean Energy Community, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy in its communities.

The designation makes it possible for Tompkins County to apply for up to $250,000 toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost shar and with the option of receiving up to 25 percent paid in advance to support additional clean energy projects.

The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the State to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. It also advances Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy (REV) strategy by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York reach its Clean Energy Standard mandate requiring 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy resources by 2030.

Tompkins County received the designation for completing four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the Clean Energy Communities initiative:

  • Established an Energize NY Finance Program that enables long-term, affordable Property Assessed Clean Energy financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at commercial buildings and not-for-profits
  • Purchased five plug-in hybrid vehicles to use as part of the county fleet
  • Earned Climate Smart Communities Certification through the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for developing a comprehensive program to reduce its carbon footprint and improve the environment
  • Established a community-based Solarize campaign to reduce solar project costs through joint purchasing. The campaign resulted in 355 installations.

The County has also developed an energy roadmap to meet projected energy needs while achieving greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals; created a strategy to analyze high-growth focus areas and ensure infrastructure will meet projected energy demands; and as an EV Deployment Community, developed an electric vehicle infrastructure plan and charging station site suitability tool. In addition, the County is expected to meet two-thirds of the County government’s electricity needs through a hydroelectric remote net metering agreement.

John B. Rhodes, NYSERDA's President and CEO, congratulated Tompkins County "on this important accomplishment and for its leadership in driving local clean energy actions to reduce costs and protect the environment," noting that "Communities are central to ensuring a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy future for all New Yorkers, as the State advances Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy.”

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.

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News and Events

Ithacans Host Climate March

Sustainable Tompkins is organizing a March for Climate, Jobs and Justice to coincide with a national march in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 29. Organizers are anticipating at least 1,000 people from the Finger Lakes region to participate in a visible show of concern for the rapid deterioration of the planet.

Hundreds of similar marches are planned in cities across the country to protest the reversal of climate protections by the Trump administration. According to Ithaca sustainability leader Gay Nicholson, also at issue is the need for more responsive local and state leadership in energy policy, creation of green jobs as a way to build the economy, and environmental justice.
The Ithaca climate march will be kicked off with a rally at 11:30 AM at the Bernie Milton Pavilion  on the Ithaca Commons, with live music by Burns & Kristy and speakers on state and local energy policy. The March starts at noon. Led by the Fall Creek Brass Band, marchers will follow a route from the Ithaca Commons to the Space @ GreenStar on West Buffalo Street, where an Earth Day celebration is being held.
The Earth Day event features a community conversation in the morning at the public library and in the afternoon at the Space there will be more music, food vendors, speakers, and exhibitors framed around the themes of Keep It in the Ground, Clean Energy, and Low Carbon Living. Beck Equipment is the primary sponsor for Earth Day, along with support from SewGreen, GreenStar, and Dish Truck.
Regional clean energy firms will be present to help show people how to shrink their home’s carbon footprint. Environmental justice advocate and law professor Gerald Torres will speak on democracy, law, and social movements. Local youth will share their perspective on our climate’s future. The 2017 People’s Choice Signs of Sustainability Awards, sponsored by The Sustainability Center, will be presented to the top individuals, organizations, business, and youth leaders of the past year.
To sign up for the local March for Climate, Jobs and Justice, and find ways to get involved, follow the Facebook event: Earth Day Ithaca & People's Climate March 2017. Or visit SustainableTompkins.org for details.

Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, May 26, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 am
Tompkins County Public Library
101 E. Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

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