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PRESS RELEASEMay 2, 2017Contact: Supervisor’s office(631) 283-6055 Connie Conway
The Town of Southampton has announced it has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.
Announced by Governor 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 (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.
The Town received the designation for completing 4 of 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the Clean Energy Communities initiative.
The Clean Energy Communities initiative on Long Island is offered in partnership with PSEG Long Island whose generous support is funding the grant awards to eligible applicants.
“This designation validates our commitment to encourage our residents to become less dependent on fossil fuels and more energy efficient,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.
“The Town of Southampton serves as a role model for other communities across the state by reducing its energy costs and protecting the environment,” said John B Rhodes, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. “Communities are central to Governor Cuomo’s fight against climate change and his aggressive energy strategy that seeks to build a cleaner, more sustainable New York.”
“PSEG Long Island is committed to helping communities across Long Island and the Rockaways become more energy efficient,” said Michael Voltz, director of energy efficiency and renewables at PSEG Long Island. “We applaud the Town of Southampton on becoming a Clean Energy Community through NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Initiative program. We look forward to assisting additional communities in the near future.”
To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, Southampton Town completed the following high-impact clean energy actions:
Southampton Town Engineer Christine Fetten, the Director of Municipal Works said “This designation is an incredible accomplishment, with the assistance and support of many. I hope this accomplishment is one of many as we move towards a more sustainable Southampton.”
Southampton Town Green Advisory Committee co-chair Dieter von Lehsten said, “As a coastal community, the South Fork is particularly sensitive to severe storms and beach erosion. Southampton Town’s actions reduce CO2, deter sea level rise, demonstrate sustainable environmental leadership and reduce operating costs at the same time.”
For more information on Clean Energy Communities, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec. Local government officials or employees can find contact information for their respective coordinator here for assistance navigating the program.