Whereas, the Village Board of Trustees supports the findings of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Power New York Strategy that “The generation of electrical power is an essential part of New York’s economy. New Yorkers need reasonably priced and reliable energy and governmental policies that affect our energy infrastructure affect every New Yorker. Consequently, New York’s energy policy must meet the interrelated goals of providing affordable and reliable energy, improving our environment and creating jobs and economic growth through energy policy as we transition to a more efficient, lower carbon and cleaner, greener energy economy.”
Whereas, the Village Board of Trustees supports the goal of the Power New York Strategy that state policies “should support local generation when it is cost competitive and meets our environmental goals, since New York power generation creates jobs and economic activity and supports our State and local tax base.”
Whereas, the Village Board of Trustees supports the objectives of NYPrize, announced by Governor Cuomo in his January 8, 2014 State of the State Address, to “combine decentralized, local, clean power sources with microgrids — standalone energy systems that can operate as an ‘energy island’ in the event of a power outage — that will enable communities to maintain electricity and heat even during the worst storms and emergencies, to be more responsive to customer needs and provide tools for the customers to mange their energy use.”
Whereas, the Village of Ossining is located on the shores of the lower Hudson River estuary and is subject to tidal flooding due to coastal and extreme storm events, such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene;
Whereas, the Village is an infrastructure hub in the Lower Hudson, with critical facilities located on or near the Ossining waterfront, including Westchester County’s Ossining wastewater treatment plant, the Ossining Metro North commuter station and parking, a Metro North substation, a Consolidated Edison substation, and Sing Sing Correctional facility;
Whereas, the Ossining Village Water District serves a population of more than 30,000, including residents of neighboring Town of Ossining;
Whereas, the Village has demonstrated its desire and commitment to protect the environment through its membership and implementation of the following organizations and programs:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Climate Smart Communities
US Conference of Mayors – Climate Protection Agreement
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (NWEAC)
Municipal Energy Audits (2009)
Whereas, the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining has a demonstrated interest in advancing the reliability of energy generation and distribution to the community through a strategy of energy efficiency and energy resiliency.
LET IT THEREFORE BE RESOLVED, that the Village Board of Trustees will work in cooperation with Pace University Environmental Policy Clinic to develop the Energy Resiliency Strategy 2014 to determine the feasaiblity of creating decentralized, local, clean power sources utlizing microgrids that serve the Village and collaborating public and private entities.