New York's Cayuga County Gets Clean Energy Community Designation

THE New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that Cayuga County has been designated a Clean Energy Community, recognising its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy in its communities.

This designation is supported by the Central NY Rising initiative which is the overall regional plan designed to attract a talented workforce, grow business and drive innovation.
Announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in August, 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. Clean Energy Communities advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York reach its Clean Energy Standard of 50 percent of the state’s electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.
Cayuga 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. In addition, the designation gives the County an opportunity to apply for up to $250,000 toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share.
Cayuga County has a long history of clean energy leadership with the adoption of a Comprehensive Sustainability Energy and Development Plan; the installation of geothermal systems at Memorial City Hall, Auburn Police and Fire Station; and the establishment of the Cayuga County Public Utility Services Agency.
Cities, counties, towns and villages that complete at least four of ten 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 with the option of receiving up to 25% paid in advance to support additional clean energy projects.

Picture of Aburn City Hall, Cayuga County, by Beyond My Ken (Own work) -  Wikimedia Commons

Monday 15th May 2017

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