“The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program creates a network of New York municipalities seeking to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources, while reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and increasing communities’ resiliency to impacts of climate change. Dutchess County leaders, the County Executive, and the Chairman of the Legislature have determined that involvement in these programs can help reduce overall energy usage and its associated costs, and increase the use of renewable energy sources, both in government facilities and the community at large. The program also provides guidance to local governments on best practices for mitigating and adapting to climate change and offers a source of matching grants for projects that advance stated goals.”
New York communities across the state have adopted the climate smart pledge including the Town of Clinton. Stayed tuned as we develop this webpage.
Updated 10-7-2019:The Town of Clinton is joining the Hudson Valley Community Power “Community Choice Aggregation” (CCA) Program. CCA is a New York State policy which puts control of choosing energy supply in local hands, allowing local leaders to pool demand to build the clout necessary to negotiate a fixed-rate, potentially lower pricing from private suppliers. Communities are also able to choose cleaner energy. Residents have the opportunity to opt out of the CCA and to receive their energy supply from Central Hudson or another supplier of their choice. At this event, come learn about the launch of CCA programs in New York to understand the unique way it’s being employed by communities to save money and transition to clean energy. Our speakers will be Jeff Domanski and Hannah Karp of Hudson Valley Energy, a nonprofit focused on fostering sustainable communities with emphasis on people-focused strategies. Their team serves as the within-community support for the Hudson Valley Community Power CCA.
Two important Hudson Valley Community Solar Q&A sessions are scheduled for Clinton Town residents to learn about Community Choice Aggregation.
10/12/19 – Clinton Town Hall – 11:30am to 1pm
10/22/19 – West Clinton Firehouse – 7pm to 8:30pm