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The Village of Kinderhook Earns Clean Energy Community Designation for its Commitment to Cut Costs and Reduce Energy Consumption


In June 2016 the Village of Kinderhook approved a resolution to adopt the New York State Climate Smart Community Pledge. The 10 elements of the Pledge commit the village to an evolving process of climate action in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate.

What is the Kinderhook Climate Smart Task Force?
The Task Force consists of a group of community volunteers invited by the village to consider various climate smart initiatives which might be suitable for Kinderhook. The Task Force exists solely as an advisory and informational committee.

What is the mission of the Climate Smart Task Force?
-To listen, research and set goals for climate initiatives
-To inform and advise village officials and the public
-To assist with climate smart innovation projects

How can Climate Smart initiatives assist Kinderhook?
Climate Smart Communities earn points toward certification by documenting the completion of specific climate protection actions. These actions (over 100 specific activities in ten general "high -impact" categories) qualify a community for recognition/certification. Once certified, Kinderhook would be eligible for funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Also, as the Village works towards certification grants may be awarded for our on-going Climate Smart initiatives.

The Task Force at work:
The Task Force has worked to achieve a Clean Energy Community designation for the village. In order to do so, the Village had to complete four of ten high impact actions.

• The Task Force recommended, and the Village Board adopted a Unified Solar Permit. This will streamline the process for village residents seeking to install solar panels for their homes. As a result, the village received a $2,500 grant from NYSERDA. The passage of this resolution also gave the village credit for an impact action prescribed by the Clean Energy Community program.
• A second impact action recommended and completed is the Energy Code Enforcement Training of our Village Code Enforcement Officer. This training focuses on what code enforcement officials need to know about the NYS Energy Code in the context of its practical application on active construction projects. Special thanks to CEO Glenn Smith for taking part in this training.
• The Task Force also recommended, and the Board adopted a third action item, the passage of a Benchmarking resolution. This provides a means for the Village to track energy costs incurred and greenhouse gas emissions by municipal properties. The reports generated will be used to look into potential clean energy upgrades that will reduce costs and emissions.
• The fourth impact action, the installation of an electric vehicle charging station (EVCS), was completed in January 2019. The EVCS is located in the Village municipal parking lot on Hudson Street. It should be noted that 80% of its cost was provided by a grant from the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In addition, the Unified Solar Permit award received from NYSERDA was also applied to the Village’s portion of EVCS installation costs.
The Village was named a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA on March 18, 2019. It will receive an award of $35,000 to be used on other environmental and energy saving projects. This award is scheduled to be applied to the installation of solar panels that will power the Village firehouse and DPW garage. A total of $53,500 in awards and grants has been received by the Village through the Task Force’s efforts since its inception.

Items currently under study are:
• Replacement of the Village Hall’s boilers with more energy efficient and cleaner heating equipment
• The feasibility and potential savings involved in a green power purchase policy for the Village
• A food waste recycling program.
• Village wide solarization program, Community Choice Aggregation
• Replacement of existing street lighting with LED technology

Additional suggestions and assistance from all residents regarding other environmental initiatives are welcomed by the Task Force. Contact information is listed below.

The Task Force currently consists of four community members:
Warren Applegate
Bill Mancini
Aileen Leventon

Mayor James Dunham and Deputy Mayor Rich Phillips are active participants at all meetings. A senior planner from the Capital District Regional Planning Commission also attends many meetings offering valuable suggestions and assistance.

Meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 7PM, in the Village Hall. Meetings are open to the public. To join the Village Task Force or offer suggestions, you may attend a meeting or call Bill Mancini at 758-9584 or Mayor Dunham, at 758-9882.


2019 Minutes

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2017 Minutes

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2016 Minutes

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