The City of Utica has been designated as a Clean Energy Community.

The designation from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recognizes the city's leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.

Utica received the designation for completing four of ten high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the Clean Energy Communities initiative.

  • Adopted a benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the City’s municipal buildings.
  •  Installed an electric vehicle charging station at Utica City Hall.
  •  Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices in energy code enforcement for code compliance officers and other municipal officers.
  • Streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects through adoption of the New York State Unified Solar Permit.

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said, “Implementing clean energy initiatives has many benefits and makes a positive impact for our economy and environment. The City of Utica takes great pride in being designated as a Clean Energy Community

The designation gives Utica the chance to apply for up to $250,000 toward additional clean energy projects with no local cost share.