Clean Energy Community designation pays off for Rome

Published Nov 26, 2017 at 9:00am

The City of Rome has been named as a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Under Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo’s administration, the city completed four of NYSERDA’s High Impact Actions. It adopted a policy to report the energy use of buildings, installed electric vehicle charging stations or deployed alternative fuel vehicles, streamlined the approvals process for solar and trained compliance officers in energy code best practices, according to the NYSERDA announcement.

Izzo worked closely with Mark Domenico, chief code enforcement officer; housing inspector Dennis Gillen; and Michael Brown, executive director of the Rome Main Street Alliance, to complete the HIAs in a timely manner.

Most notable, she said, was the speed with which the energy code enforcement training was completed. “There was near-perfect coordination and timing among trainers, contractors, and Code Enforcement staff to complete the module in record time. This was due to the team’s excellent communication skills,” she said.

Grants from NYSERDA are available to local governments that earn the Clean Energy Community designation.

The city secured a grant from NYSERDA for $100,000, with no taxpayer funds required for a match, to purchase three electric vehicles to be utilized by their Codes and Assessor’s offices. These vehicles will not only decrease the carbon emissions and help the environment, but will save taxpayers the added expense of funding new vehicles, Izzo noted. The project is in the implementation phase.

Other communities in the region to also earn designation as Clean Energy Communities include: Lewis County, Madison County, the village of Boonville, the city of Oneida; the village of Canastota and the village of Ilion.

For informtion, go online to the NYSERDA website at https://www.nyserda.ny.gov