Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $52 million in awards to establish 12 Regional Clean Energy Hubs to serve as centers of outreach, awareness, and education in regions across New York State and help foster residents’ participation, especially those in underserved or otherwise disadvantaged communities, in New York’s clean energy transition. Today’s announcements support the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal to deliver at least 35 percent of the benefits, with a goal of 40 percent, from clean energy investments to disadvantaged communities and help advance an equitable clean energy transition for all New Yorkers.
“As New York continues moving toward a green economy, community outreach and education is essential to ensuring all New Yorkers can participate in and benefit from this transition,” Governor Hochul said. “In true New York fashion, these organizations are coming together to help their fellow New Yorkers and ensure every community has the opportunity to thrive. My administration is proud to support their efforts through this $52 million investment, and I applaud their leadership in helping New York communities transition to a clean energy future.”
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority partnered with community-based organizations to establish the Hubs and provide a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to ensure that all New Yorkers have equitable access to the benefits of the state’s clean energy transition. Each Hub will be composed of a network of organizations in each of the state’s economic development regions to be responsible for establishing and fostering partnerships, over the next four years, in their area to deliver services at the community level and offer new ways to coordinate and promote clean energy outreach, engagement and education services throughout their communities. Organizations with experience in providing outreach and education services in clean energy and energy efficiency, and integrating those with social services, housing, economic development, healthand training, were encouraged to participate.
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