Energy and Climate
One of the ten new local measures identified in the Tompkins County 2020 Energy Strategy is to develop an Energy Road Map for the County. An Energy Road Map is a proactive plan to meet the community’s long-term energy goals in the most effective and efficient means possible. In the fall of 2011, four Cornell graduate students from the fields of management, engineering and planning began work to help the community better understand its energy resources. This is the first step in creating the Energy Road Map. Subsequent steps will include filling identified knowledge gaps, developing future energy scenarios, evaluating those scenarios, assisting the community in identifying a preferred scenario, and developing an action plan to achieve that preferred scenario.
Final Graduate Student reports -- May 2012
Energy Supply and Demand in Tompkins County, New York, by Frank Nicklaus
Wind: A Technical Analysis of Wind Power Potential in Tompkins County, New York, by Benjamin Koffel
Solar: Solar Energy Generation Potential of Tompkins County, by Andrew CurthoysBiomass: Tompkins County Energy Road Map, by Neyvin De Leon
Graduate Student Presentations -- April 30, 2012 at the Tompkins County Public LibraryElectricity Supply and Demand in Tompkins County
EPA Climate Showcase Communities Grant -- Density that Works
Tompkins County in collaboration with EcoVillage at Ithaca, Center for Sustainability Education was awarded a United States Environmental Protection Agency Climate Showcase Communities grant to demonstrate and document how residential development modeled on the lessons learned from 20 years of developing EcoVillage at Ithaca could be applied to support the development of energy-efficient, livable residential neighborhoods and communities in a variety of smart growth locations. This is the only residential smart growth project among the 50 supported by the Climate Showcase Communities program nationwide.
One of the projects to be developed under this program is a new neighborhood on 25.5 acres of land owned by Tompkins County. Deadline for proposals is October 9, 2012.
Summary of Q&A period of the 8/27/2012 meeting held for developers during the RFP process.
Other documents produced under this grant include:
Tompkins County 2020 Energy Strategy
The Tompkins County Legislature has adopted a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the community by at least 80% from 2008 levels by 2050. The first step along that path is to achieve a 20% reduction by 2020. The strategy for how this goal can be achieved was endorsed by the Legislature in September, 2010 and serves as a guide for energy and emissions work being done in the community.
The conclusion of the Tompkins County 2020 Energy Strategy is that by proactively implementing programs and solutions to reduce energy use, it is possible for the Tompkins County community to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020. In order to do so, actions must be undertaken by all sectors of the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 277,512 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in order to achieve the target emissions in 2020 of 938,334 MtC02e; emissions that are 20% below 2008 levels. The strategies described in the document total 290,691 MtCO2e, or 5% over the required emissions reduction.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions ReportingIn June 2010, reports were prepared for both the Tompkins County government and the overall community reviewing the past ten years of greenhouse gas emissions work. These reports provide a succinct look at efforts to date to curb emissions and reduce energy use in County government operations and in the community at large.
Tompkins County Planning Dept comments to NYSDEC regarding revised dSGEIS for development of Marcellus Shale
Potential land area impacted by well drilling pads in Tompkins County under densities of development that would be allowed under the dSGEIS.
Commissioner of Planning and Public Works, Ed Marx, makes presentation on Drilling for Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale at New York State Association of Counties Conference - February 9, 2010 in Albany, NY.
Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Element
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The Tompkins County Planning Department has put together information to support local government decision-makers as they consider the potential development of commercial wind farms in their municipalities.
Wind energy offers two primary environmental benefits: wind energy is a renewable energy source and it produces zero emissions. Wind farms also have potential negative environmental impacts: noise, visual, and degradation and fragmentation of habitat.The Commercial Wind Farm Atlas contains information about areas that are technically better suited for the location of commercial wind farms; areas where development of commercial wind farms may interfere with community services; environmentally sensitive areas and scenic features; and agricultural and forested areas.
Local Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emission
The links below provide information on the steps that have been taken to further the County’s efforts in reducing its contribution to global warming:
Climate Change and the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign Power Point Presentation
Local Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions for County Government Operations: A plan to, by 2008, reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases generated by county operations by 20 percent compared to the base year of 1998.
Tompkins County Emissions Inventory: An inventory of greenhouse gas emission for the Tompkins County Community and County Government.
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