are numerous programs and methods to reduce emissions from the
burning of fossil fuels. Here are some examples of existing rebate
and incentive programs being offered to assist municipalities
who would like to conserve energy and take advantage of renewable
Rebate Program -- Cash incentives are offered to municipalities
that incorporate geothermal heat pumps into their facilities.
Geothermal systems use the energy stored in the earth for heating,
cooling and hot water through a simple, efficient process.
Construction and Renovation -- LIPA's Commercial Construction
Program provides financial incentives to business and municipal
customers who agree to install energy-efficient equipment in
buildings under construction or renovation. The program also
offers technical assistance to developer design teams to facilitate
construction or renovation with an energy use performance that
exceeds standard building practice.
Equipment Program -- LIPA offers up to $100,00 per project
for the installation of qualifying energy efficient lighting,
chillers, motors, heating ventilation air condition(HVAC), and
variable frequency drives.
Pioneer Program -- LIPA offers municipalities a $4.75 per watt
incentive towards the cost of a qualified solar photovoltaics
(PV) system. (A full dollar per watt more than the $3.75 offered
for residential PV systems.) Low interest financing is also
available. PV systems use the sun's free energy to produce clean
electricity without producing greenhouse gas emissions.
-- LIPAedge partners agree to have their central air conditioning
(CAC) systems adjusted a few degrees between the hours of 2
PM and 6 PM, for a maximum of 7 days, throughout the summer.
- For more information
on LIPA's Clean Energy Initiative, visit www.lipower.org/cei/
works with facility managers to identify, design and install
new lighting and motors, as well as upgrades to heating, ventilation
and air-conditioning systems, in a single, comprehensive effort.
They have installed fuel cells powered by waste gas at sewage
treatment plants and assist with solar projects as well. To
date NYPA has undertaken more than 1,200 energy-efficiency projects
at some 2,500 public buildings, including municipalities, across
the state, and offers direct project financing. NYPA's
"Green Fleets" program helps provide light-duty electric
vehicles, and hybrid vehicles.
Department of Energy Programs:
offers technical assistance, and grants to assist entities with
increasing use of energy-efficient technologies.Through its
Cities program, DOE helps communities increase the use of
alternative fuel vehicles for municipal cars, vans, trucks,
and even refuse haulers & street sweepers.
can help municipalities replace old municipal vehicles with
natural gas vehicles. Keyspan offers rebates and also assistance
with finding special gas rates as an natural gas vehicle customer,
applying for funding, developing a transition plan.
New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)
also offers programs for municipalities such as: New York Energy
Smart Photovoltaic (PV) or Solar-Electric System Incentive Program,
a New Construction Program, Local Government Energy-Efficient
Product Procurement program, High-Efficiency Public Street Lighting
program, as well as offering technical assistance.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also offers publications,
technical assistance, and grants.