Winter 2017    
Clean Energy Communities News 
Moving our communities toward sustainability.

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Director's Corner
100+ Communities Working Toward High Impact Actions 

By Todd Fabozzi /  Dir ector of Sustainability, CDRPC,

Welcome to the second edition of the Eastern NY Territory's Clean Energy Communities quarterly newsletter. As we enter the sixth month of our effort to execute NYSERDA's CEC program, we are glad to report the enthusiastic interest of local governments in becoming energy efficient. Within the Eastern NY Territory, which covers the Adirondack, M ohawk Valley, Capital Region, and Mid-Hudson Regions, our team is currently engaged with more than 100 communities, helping them to understand the program and guiding them through the CEC designation process in which a community achieves four out of 10 "high impact actions." In this issue we will spotlight the Hudson Valley, where four of the five first communities  to become Designated Clean Energy Communities are located. We will also highlight the CEC initiatives underway in the City of Cohoes in the Capital Region and in several villages and towns in the Adirondacks. Please contact your regional outreach coordinator if your community is interested in becoming a Clean Energy Community.

Mid-Hudson Region Sweeps Clean Energy Communities 'First' Designations
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced the first seven communities that met the criteria for designation as Clean Energy Communities and five are in the Hudson Valley. The municipalities are being recognized for their leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally. Above: Kingston Mayor Steve Noble and Officer Harry Woltman with EV police cruiser.

North Country Communities Zero In on LED Street Lighting
North Country towns and villages are increasingly interested in conversion to LED street lights, and Clean Energy Communities Coordinator Jamie Rogers of Adirondack-North Country Association (ANCA) is assisting them as they gather data. Communities in St. Lawrence, Franklin, Essex, Clinton, Lewis, Jefferson and Hamilton counties are studying LED lighting issues and working to identify the steps they need to take. ANCA is providing outreach to planning departments and elected officials to supply needed information.

Mohawk Workshop Sparks Interest in PACE NY

Six Mohawk Valley municipalities are now studying the adoption of Energize NY Finance Clean Energy Communities Coordinator Dan Sullivan reports he is in discussions with the cities of Rome and Utica and the counties of Amsterdam, Montgomery, Otsego and Herkimer, as a result of a Nov. 16th gathering at Mohawk Valley Economic Development District to explore local authorization of PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy. Energize NY Finance is one of the 10 High Impact Actions that communities can pursue on the path to becoming Clean Energy Communities.

Attendees at the MVEDD meeting included, from right: Joseph Del Sindaco, Energy Improvement Corporation and regional PACE-NY representative; Dan Sullivan, Clean Energy  Communities Coordinator, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District (MVEDD); and Karen Sullivan, Otsego County Planning Director. 

Also in attendance were Joe Caruso, Executive Director, MVEDD, and Jack Spaeth, Utica Industrial Development Authority director. 

State Makes 2nd Aggregate Purchase of Zero-Emission Vehicles
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in conjunction with Office of General Services (OGS), is developing a second aggregate purchase of zero-emission vehicles this winter. This initiative will increase the number of fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly assets in government fleets across the state. During the aggregate purchase in spring 2016, the initiative allowed for the purchase price of 63 Chevy Volts at roughly an 11 percent discount, and significant savings are anticipated in this round as well. 

City of Cohoes: Early Adopter of Clean Fleets 
From left: Mayor Shawn M. Morse is flanked by city code officers Tom Cashin and Fred Laughlin as they review City of Cohoes' EV vehicles.
The City of Cohoes is pursuing a NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities designation, starting with documentation of its Clean Fleets initiative.

Using funds that accompanied a con sent order, the City purchased two code enforcement vehicles "with an eye toward improving air quality within the City," said Melissa Cherubino, director, Building and Planning Department.
"The code officers love it because one charge gets them through the day," said Cherubino. Each hybrid Ford CMAX came with a charger, which is kept at the Department of Public Works garage. Quarterly fuel costs have been reduced by about two thirds, Cherubino said.

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