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Energy and Economic Development Final Report Presented

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Legislature heard a presentation on the final report of the county’s Energy and Economic Development Task Force, from task force chair Charlie Trautmann. The Task Force, comprised of local business leaders, government officials, and environmental advocates, was brought together by Tompkins County Area Development at the request of Legislature Chair Mike Lane. The group has studied ways to advance the County’s greenhouse gas emission goals over the next five years while supporting the growth of jobs and the economy.

The report includes eight recommendations that could be initiated within the next five years, would be under local control, and would support the County’s economic development goals:

  •  Work with the Public Service Commission and NYSEG to reduce dependence on natural gas;
  •  Provide secure and reliable energy to local industry;
  •  Reduce fossil fuel use in commercial buildings;
  •  Develop energy infrastructure needed to support renewable energy;
  •  Reduce fossil fuel use in transportation;
  •  Develop housing in ways that limit energy use both in buildings and transportation;
  •  Educate decision makers, contractors, developers and the public on critical facets of energy and economic development; and
  •  Implement the strategies and evaluate progress regularly.

Read the final report HERE .