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Hudson Valley Regional Council

Winter 2019 Newsletter
Greetings,

Winter is in full swing here in the Hudson Valley, and the new year brings new opportunities for Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) to assist and partner with local governments and other organizations in our seven-county Mid-Hudson Region. We look forward to continuing to offer a regional perspective and providing education, outreach, and advocacy services to the communities we serve.

HVRC continues to provide technical support and educational resources to Hudson Valley Communities via several state and federal programs. Our annual updates of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy  (CEDS) detail the economic health of Hudson Valley communities. This year we are working on the five-year CEDs update. Additionally, the Hudson Valley Region Distress Criteria Statistical Report provides a snapshot of the economic distress of various municipalities, based on 2015 data.

HVRC also continues to offer water quality and stormwater management educational resources, funded by NYSDEC, as well as continuing to support municipalities and counties as they pursue cost-saving and energy and GHG emission-reducing actions through NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities Program
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CLEAN ENERGY COMMUNITIES PROGRAM
UPCOMING EVENTS

WEBINAR: "Two Key Resources: Clean Energy Communities and Climate Smart Communities"

February 27, 2019
10:00-11:30 AM
AGENDA & REGISTRATION

This webinar will highlight HVRC’s "Climate Action Planning Institute", a working group we are currently facilitating in partnership with Jim Yienger and Greg Mumby of Climate Action Associates (CAA). Eight participating municipalities are working to complete their local government operations GHG Emissions Inventories with HVRC and CAA's support, which is available via NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program.

GHG Emissions Inventories link directly to several of the High Impact Actions that municipalities may pursue under the CEC Program, including Climate Smart Communities certification. Representatives from the Towns of Gardiner and Philipstown and the City of Kingston will be presenting their municipal case studies as well. Register today!
 
 
ENERGY CODE ENFORCEMENT TRAINING

Wednesday March 27, 2019
Kingston Center of SUNY ULSTER
94 Mary's Avenue, Kingston, NY, United States
ROOM 104

HVRC is hosting another free NYSERDA Energy Code Enforcement Training with support from Ulster County. The training is for municipal Code Enforcement Officers and up to two other municipal representatives.

For communities with populations under 40,000, completion of both residential and commercial workshops by the municipal code enforcement officer will count as a Clean Energy Communities Program High Impact Action.

Register for both COMMERCIAL and RESIDENTIAL workshops today!
LED STREETLIGHT CONVERSION SUPPORT
  • Cost and Energy Savings: Many communities are converting their streetlights to LEDs and capturing significant cost and energy savings by doing so! Communities are aggregating their streetlighting projects in partnership with NYPA to bring costs down in several of our counties
  • HVRC can provide significant assistance to your community, including provision of an LED Streetlighting Conversion Costs Analysis. This analysis outlines side-by-side the potential savings for LED conversion in both utility and municipally-owned conversion pathways, based on your communities' current street lighting bills
  • Contact HVRC today  to sign-up for your free LED Streetlighting Conversion Costs Analysis!
COMMUNITY CORNER
  • Dutchess County's Climate Smart Community Task Force held their first meeting on 12/20/18 to outline the County's plans to pursue Climate Smart Community certification in the next 12-18 months.
  • Many municipalities in the Mid-Hudson Region received funding via the 2018 NYS Consolidated Funding Application. The full list of awarded projects includes many communities that received NYSDEC Climate Smart Communities funding.
  • NYSDEC’s 2018 CSC Climate Smart awards in our region include:
    • The town of Philipstown was awarded $6,000 for its Climate Smart Communities Campaign. In addition, the Town of Philipstown received $9,670 to inventory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through a consumption-based inventory. 
    • The town of Poughkeepsie was awarded $45,000 for its Comprehensive Plan Update with Sustainability Elements. Poughkeepsie's comprehensive plan update will include a complete streets policy, bicycle and walking infrastructure planning, and a natural resource inventory.
    • The village of Port Chester received $50,000 to develop its Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan, a climate adaptation strategy for sea-level rise along the Byram River.

'Designated' Clean Energy Communities

City of Beacon
City of Kingston
City of New Rochelle
City of Peekskill
City of Rye
City of White Plains
City of Yonkers
Orange County
Sullivan County
Town of Bedford
Town of Bethel
Town of Cortlandt
Town of Mamaroneck
Town of Marbletown
Town of New Castle
Town of New Paltz
Town of Ossining
Town of Red Hook
Town of Rosendale
Town of Saugerties
Town of Somers
Town of Tusten
Town of Warwick
Ulster County
Village of Croton-on-Hudson
Village of Dobbs Ferry
Village of Goshen
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson
Village of Mamaroneck
Village of Mount Kisco
Village of New Paltz
Village of Port Chester
Village of Wappingers Falls
ELECTRIC VEHICLE RESOURCES & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
It's a great time to buy an electric vehicle (EV) or install an EV charging station in your community. The EV market and the available funding and incentives are rapidly changing and HVRC has compiled the most up-to-date resources for you!

EVs
EV FUNDING & INCENTIVES
  • NYSDEC Zero Emission Vehicle Rebates
    • $5,000 rebate per vehicle
      • Round 3 reopened in September 2018
    • Up to $8,000 rebate per port for EV charging stations
      • Currently closed (Round 3 reopening TBD)
  • NYSERDA's Drive Clean Rebate
    • Point-of-sale rebate available through registered dealers
    • Up to $2,000 rebate for new electric vehicle purchases or leases
    • Available to all NYS residents, including local governments
  • Federal Tax Credit
    • All-electric and hybrid cars purchased in or after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit
  • Charge Ready New York
    • Charge Ready NY offers public and private organizations that install Level 2 EV charging stations at public parking facilities, workplaces, and multifamily apartment buildings rebates of $4,000 per charging port they install, a significant savings of 30% to 80% percent, depending on station and installation costs
A winter rainbow: A view from our office
Photo credit: Patricia Pomeroy


Contact us:
Hudson Valley Regional Council
3 Washington Center #2
Newburgh, NY 12550
 (845) 564-4075
hvrc@hudsonvalleyrc.org


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