Ahead of Earth Day 2018, the Town of Elmira takes first steps toward becoming a NYSERDA Clean Energy Community.
The Elmira Town Board voted unanimously on Monday night to pass two resolutions that put the town on a path toward becoming a NYSERDA Clean Energy Community.
1) Adopting the Unified Solar Permit (streamlines the process for installing solar)
2) Adopting benchmarking for the town (compiling and making public the town's utility bills)
The Chemung County community team embarked last summer on a campaign to get the City of Elmira to commit to becoming a NYSERDA Clean Energy Community. After a meeting with the Mayor and the City Council, the City incorporated the Clean Energy Communities program into its city plan.
Now the team has turned its attention to the Town of Elmira.
Our team reached out to Town Supervisor Dave Sullivan and several Town Board members asking them to consider taking up this program which promotes energy efficiency actions and renewable energy initiatives that are not only good for the environment, but can save the town money. They invited us to meet with them and do a workshop on the program. We met with the Town Board last week along with Katherine Herleman from Cornell Cooperative Extension who is the Clean Energy Communities rep. for this region.
The Town Board acted quickly putting two resolutions on its agenda for Monday night both of which passed unanimously. Future impact items the Town may choose to take include installing and electric vehicle charging station and converting the street lights to LED.
Supervisor Dave Sullivan seemed enthusiastic about moving forward with the NYSERDA program and reducing the town’s carbon footprint. He thanked Mothers Out Front for bringing it to the attention of the Town Board and asked us to continue to hold his feet to the fire.