|Training & Funding Opportunities
Water Infrastructure Grants & Upcoming Webinar!
The Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) announced that with the enacted state budget providing an additional $100 million this year in grants, it can now broaden eligibility for wastewater projects and provide a total of $175 million in grants through Round 2 of the NYS Water Grants program. In addition, the maximum grant amount for drinking water projects has been increased from $2 million to $3 million or 60% of eligible projects costs, whichever is less.
To accommodate this expansion, the Round 2 application deadline has been extended from April 15, 2016 to June 20, 2016, with applications to be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. EFC will be expediting evaluation of the applications to ensure that grants may be awarded shortly thereafter. Applications are available at www.efc.ny.gov/NYSWaterGrants.
EFC will host an informational webinar on May 11, 2016 at 11 AM to provide an overview of the broadened program and grant application process. To register, click here.
Municipalities with questions are encouraged to e-mail NYSWaterGrants@efc.ny.gov or call EFC at 518-402-6924.
Upcoming Webinar on Solar Land Leasing and Municipal Best Practices
As New York continues to support investment in clean energy in the state and in response to the Public Service Commission's Community Shared Solar and Commercial Solar Programs, new opportunities to lease, own and invest in solar power are emerging. For many land owners, offers from solar developers interested in accessing tracts of land have raised questions about what to take into account when considering a solar lease. This webinar aims to provide data-driven best practice recommendations and address frequently asked questions from land owners seeking to enter into solar leasing contracts, as well questions from municipalities on the growth of solar, land use, and important local policies.
The NY Energy Democracy Alliance and the NY Solar Energy Industries Association are partnering to present the webinar on May 11, 2016 at 10:00am.
To Register please use this link!
Inquiries should be directed to Adam Flint, CoShare Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
US Communities Launches New Technology Contract Options
Last week, the U.S. Communities collaborative purchasing program, which is supported by NYSAC, the New York Conference of Mayors, and the NYS School Boards Association, launched new contracts for technology products, services, and solutions.
Please find linked here an announcement about the technology vendors and solutions available through US Communities,
US Communities will host upcoming webinars with additional information, scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 19. For more information and to register, visit http://www.uscommunities.org/news-events/webinars/?q=e-tech16state.
Community Choice Aggregation Webinar
Local governments across New York State are now encouraged by the Public Service Commission to create energy aggregation programs for residential and other customers. The PSC hopes Community Choice Aggregation programs will help bring better supply pricing and also empower communities to actively plan and develop their energy future through the Commission's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) priorities.
Last week New York became the seventh state to allow Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a program by which municipalities aggregate local consumers and go to bid for energy supply. Residential and small commercial accounts are included automatically, unless the customer "opts out". Other consumers can join if they want to by "opting in."
Please join us for an upcoming informational webinar presented by MEGA, the Municipal Electric & Gas Alliance on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) on Thursday, May 12th at noon.