for immediate release 25 March 2010
Consortium lands $379,800 in stimulus funds to share energy efficiency services
[25 March 2010] New York Governor Paterson announced awards yesterday afternoon totaling $24 million state-wide for a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects specifically aimed at
smaller municipalities. Under a competitive process, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority reviewed over 420 proposals in selecting the 206 projects awarded to 137 municipalities. The funds come from the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant program established by the American American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Both of the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium’s inter-municipal proposed inter-municipal projects received awards: (1) $100,000 to Town of Bedford as lead proposer to hire a contractor for 1 year to act as project director in implementing energy saving measures across 10 municipalities; (2) $279,800 to the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to hire a consulting firm to conduct a green house gas emissions inventory for 4 municipalities, to update a green house gas inventory for 1 municipality, and develop a Climate Action Plan for 6 municipalities. The partnering municipalities for these awards include the City of Peekskill, the Towns of Bedford, Cortlandt, North Salem, Pound Ridge, and Somers, and the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.
Comments by Consortium leaders:
Mark Thielking, Director of Energy Resources for the Town of Bedford: “The new home energy retrofit program we call the Bedford Pilot has enormous potential to help middle class homeowners cut their energy bills. This seed money will help us launch the program this year."
Amy Rosmarin, Councilwoman on the Town Board in North Salem,and Liaison to the North Salem Energy Advisory Panel: "By funding a consultant for 7 towns and villages, we will break a serious logjam and get our greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans underway."
Leo Wiegman, Mayor of Croton-on-Hudson: “What makes our Consortium awards unique is that Bedford and Croton each received funding as lead proposers acting on behalf of other municipalities. In other words, we proposed work that would be more cost effective as a shared service and the state agreed by ponying up to pay for 100% of the costs.”
Herb Oringel, Consortium chair, and chair of the Somers Energy Advisory Panel: “After a year of planning and collaborating, the leaders of the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium have successfully applied for NYSERDA Grant funds to enable a number of initiatives aimed at reducing homeowner energy costs and identifying municipal actions to reduce carbon emissions. This innovative thinking and hard work will culminate in our reaching a milestone next month when Supervisors and Mayors from the participating municipalities will sign the Intermunicipal Agreement officially establishing the Consortium at Bedford Town Hall on April 19, 2010.”