In 2016, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) launched the Clean Energy Communities program to help local NYS municipalities embrace clean energy projects, programs, and policies. UBRI is part of a statewide technical assistance network helping NYSERDA implement this program. Our team is conducting outreach and offering hands-on technical assistance to communities in Erie and Niagara counties.

To learn how your community can get involved with the Clean Energy Communities program, please contact the UBRI Clean Energy Communities coordinator Jason Kulaszewski at (716) 878-2441.

About the program

The Clean Energy Communities program is organized around “High Impact Actions” designed to help communities save energy costs, create jobs, and contribute to statewide energy and sustainability goals. Actions involve activities like measuring and reducing energy consumption, encouraging solar installations through permitting and localized campaigns, investing in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, LED street lighting, code enforcement training, and more. 

What technical assistance can look like...

Program navigation

Program navigation

We will help you navigate the program, explore opportunities that work for your community, set out a manageable workplan, and connect you to resources.

Hands-on support

Hands-on support

For time-consuming or technical tasks, we’re here to provide hands on support to help you get the work done.

Training and education

Training and education

We host regular training and education programs to support informed decision-making around clean energy in your community.
The High Impact Action Roundtable events are hosted monthly via zoom to learn and share information on the actions from the Clean Energy Communities Program. You can view past events here.
The One Region Forward Learning Series is part of ongoing efforts to support local action around the plan’s vision. Each session focuses on a topic related to One Region Forward’s implementation agenda and includes information, resources, and case studies on how ideas can move into implementation at the local level. You can view all past events here.

Model ordinances

Model ordinances

We can help you draft ordinances, local laws, or other documents necessary to advance this work.

Project development support

Project development support

As you look to develop projects, we can help strategize impactful opportunities and support grant award applications.

Local Community Case Studies

Moving Clean Energy Forward

Moving Clean Energy Forward

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