energize-300 Energize Bedford
A community-based energy efficiency program funded through DOE and NYSERDA grants.

Energy use in homes and buildings is one of the top three environmental concerns of Bedford residents (Bedford 2020 Survey of Community Practices).  In a world where energy needs are expected to grow explosively, energy conservation is a significant source for increasing energy supplies. On a local level, energy usage is the single largest contributor to Bedford’s greenhouse gas emissions:

  • 68% comes from Bedford’s buildings
  • 53% comes from Bedford’s residential buildings
  • 40% of the energy used by homeowners is “wasted energy”

If all 6,500 Bedford households addressed home energy efficiency through comprehensive home energy assessments and upgrades, our town would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15%.


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
Mark Thielking (Chair)
Director of Energy Resources, Town of Bedford
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