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2021 11 18 – Town Hall: How You Can Join the Fight for a Fossil Free NY! – 1pm-2pm – The Renewable Heat Now Campaign is organizing to win funding and policies that will get fossil fuels out of our buildings affordably and equitably. “Join us to hear about our 2022 legislative package for Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature. Learn how you can get involved in the movement for renewable heat, and how we will organize and build our power to win!” The legislative package includes a geothermal tax credit (S3864/A7493) and sales tax exemption (S642a/A8147) as well as the All-Electric Building Act (S6843a) that would sunset fossil fuels in new construction starting January 1, 2024 . It also includes the Advanced building codes, appliance and equipment efficiency standards act of 2021 (S7176/A8143) RSVP here for the Zoom link. If the 18th doesn’t work for you, there will also be a session on December 1st at 6:00 PM.
Capitol Pressroom: “Environmental Advocates Urge State To Prioritize All-Electric Homes – Nov. 9, 2021 – Environmentalists are calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul to transition 2 million homes to energy-efficient, all-electric residences by 2030, in order to make a dent in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to Lisa Marshall, of Mothers Out Front NY, and Sonal Jessel, of WE ACT for Environmental Justice.” 15 minute interview here.
Governor Hochul Announces Energy Efficient Upgrades For Affordable Housing Units – Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the RetrofitNY funding announced today [2021 11 10] seeks to support owners of eligible affordable housing buildings up to seven stories. The program helps building owners planning substantial renovations in their roofs, windows, and/or heating system replacements within the next two years. Owners of qualifying buildings may also be eligible for up to $100,000 in design incentives… Owners may also be eligible for up to an additional $40,000 per dwelling unit, with a cap of $1.6 million per building, subject to funding availability, to cover incremental costs for all electric, whole-building upgrades that put buildings on a path to carbon neutrality. This incremental funding is meant to bridge the gap between financing from other sources such as regulated housing agencies, bank loans and tax credits used for business-as-usual renovations.