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Energy

PROJECTS

energize-300 Energize Bedford
A community-based energy efficiency program funded through DOE and NYSERDA grants.
Community Choice Aggregation
Through bulk purchasing of energy, 14 municipalities in Westchester County now offer 100% renewable energy for their residents – including Bedford!
Solar Pollinator Gardens
Pushing for plantings around ground mounted solar to increase renewable energy, support threatened pollinators, and support local agriculture.
Solarize Bedford
Through this 2015 campaign Bedford 2020 generated interest around solar and increased residential installations by 43%.
GOALS

The Energy Task Force will focus on all three building sectors — residential, commercial and municipal — to improve energy efficiency and promote renewable sources of electricity (solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce air pollution, and reduce imports of foreign sources of oil and save money. Specific goals include:

  • Home Energy Efficiency. Ensure the success of Energize Bedford and continue to promote energy efficiency in residential households throughout the region.
  • Commercial Energy Efficiency. Bedford’s commercial buildings contribute 15% of GHG emissions. By working in partnership with Bedford 2020 Business, Schools and Religious Task Forces, we will develop model plans for improving commercial energy efficiency.
  • Promote Renewable Energy Sources. Solar, geothermal, and wind power are all viable options for energy production in Bedford. If Bedford were to purchase 100% renewable electricity, community wide GHG emissions would be reduced 19%. In 2016 Bedford 2020 held the Power Up for Clean Energy New York event, bringing together leaders from business, government, and environmental organizations to explore renewable energy in New York. The Task Force and community members will continue to investigate how to scale up renewable energy production and reduce costs.
  • Metering/Smart Grid Technology. Smart Grids promise a more effective and efficient way to monitor energy use. The Energy Task force will explore the viability of these technologies in Bedford and consider integrating metering/smart grid technologies into our current systems.
  • Municipal Energy Use. Bedford’s municipal buildings contribute an estimated 74 percent of the municipal sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. Municipal vehicles accounted for 20%, streetlights 5% and waste 1% of that sector’s total. For information about changes in municipal operations, visit http://bedfordny.info/html/green.htm
MEMBERS
Mark Thielking (Chair)
Director of Energy Resources, Town of Bedford
bedfordnyenergy@gmail.com
Jason Black
Director of Architecture and Sustainability, Reckson
Wendy Breitner
Bedford Resident
Lauren Brois
Assistant Director, Energize NY Residential Programs
Michael Decandia
Michael DeCandia Architects
Jim Diamond
Diamond Property Management, LLC
Alec Guettel
Co-Founder, Sungevity Solar Home Specialists
Nick Gutfruend
Bedford Resident
Kathryn Hoenig
Bedford Energy Advisory Panel
Patrick McManus
Bedford Resident
Generic-Friend-60 Dan Potash
Katonah resident, outdoor wood pellet / corn boiler owner