September 23, 2021
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a new $36 million initiative to establish and support Regional Clean Energy Hubs as centers of outreach, awareness, and education in each of the ten Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) regions, to improve community engagement and ensure that all New Yorkers can benefit from the State's clean energy transition.
Today's announcement supports New York State's ambitious clean energy and climate goals under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) including the nation-leading goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050 and the requirement to deliver at least 35 percent of the benefits, with a goal of 40 percent, from clean energy investments to disadvantaged communities.
"Community outreach and inclusion are paramount to ensure that all New Yorkers, no matter their location or circumstance, can benefit from our state's nation-leading transition to clean energy,"
Governor Hochul said.
"This new initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships within communities across New York to ensure that residents not only participate in this movement, but that they can make their voices heard and contribute to how clean energy programs are implemented in the future."
Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Regional Clean Energy Hubs initiative seeks to attract proposals from qualified teams of organizations committed to helping residents of disadvantaged communities access and benefit from clean energy solutions and opportunities.
A Regional Clean Energy Hub is defined as an organization or network of organizations, responsible for establishing and fostering partnerships in their region to deliver services at the community level. Organizations with experience in providing services in the clean energy, energy efficiency, social services, housing, economic development, health, and training organizations are all encouraged to participate in the development of a Hub as a new way to offer new services to members of their communities.
NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said,
"The Regional Clean Energy Hubs initiative will provide a crucial framework to increase community engagement within underserved and otherwise disadvantaged communities statewide. The services provided by the Clean Energy Hubs will spur new opportunities for all New York residents to access clean energy solutions and green career pathways as our State's clean energy economy continues to grow."
Through this competitive selection process, up to ten organizations, one in each Regional Economic Development Council area, will be selected to provide the following services to advance an inclusive, clean energy economy in New York State.
Proposals will be accepted through November 23, 2021.
To support a teaming arrangement for proposals and to facilitate partnerships in delivery of services, a Clearinghouse has been created and is available on NYSERDA's website for organizations to express their interest in teaming on a proposal. Regional organizations are encouraged to review these submissions so that Hub proposals are comprehensive and inclusive of the region's needs and leverage regional partners for delivery of services.
Organizations interested in being listed in the Clearinghouse for a potential teaming arrangement must submit a Statement of Interest Form to NYSERDA by November 22, 2021.
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New York Pressroom
September 23, 2021