Community Energy Efficiency Options and Management Projects for Adirondack Communities
Date and Time: March 21 at 8:45 am (Concurrent Session B)
Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid
Rural communities, including the 103 towns and villages in the Adirondack region, suffer from a host of economic development problems, including a lack of jobs and businesses. Roughly 23% of Adirondack towns had unemployment rates over 10% in 2000, when the U.S. rate was 4.1%. Investing less in energy costs and more in other needed areas would be a welcome change. Buildings use an estimated 30% of energy in the United States, thus increasing efficiency has huge potential for economic savings. Unfortunately, part-time leaders often do not have time to sort through what incentives they can use to reduce energy costs. Two projects exist to help address that bottleneck; representatives will present an overview of what energy efficiency savings Adirondack municipalities can tap into today. This session will feature municipalities in and around the region that are already taking action, and participants will be informed about which agencies are available to help with incentives and grant programs.
The session will provide an overview of what energy efficiency and conservation mean, including the kind of savings Adirondack municipalities can anticipate and what steps can be taken to achieve them. This session will feature municipalities in and around the region that are already taking action, and participants will be informed about which agencies are available to help with incentives and grant programs.
The presenters: Kara Page manages the Community Energy Efficiency Management and the Adirondack Climate and Energy Action Plan projects at The Wild Center and works with the Towns of Moriah, Schroon, and Long Lake and the Village of Tupper Lake on a pilot program to identify ways they can reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint, create or retain jobs and save money on energy costs; Jerry Loch, Community Energy Educator/Auditor with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, will focus on NYSERDA programs related to municipal building audits. Sue Montgomery Corey, Supervisor of the Town of Minerva and also President of The Community Power Network of New York State, Inc., will describe the Community Energy Efficiency Management project and what it is implementing with pilot communities; James Alheim, Sales Auditor at SmartWatt Energy, Inc., will outline National Grid energy efficiency programs for municipalities; and Jamie Rogers, Energy Program Coordinator at ANCA, will share information on programs that constituents of local municipalities, including residents and small businesses, can use to reduce energy bills, through NYSERDA.
If you are planning to attend LGD please stop in and learn more about how your community can save energy costs.