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1. More on Timely Payments for Contractors
2. Ithaca Council Unanimously Votes to Decarbonize its Buildings by 2030
3. NYS Bill Aims to Ban Fossil Fuels in New Construction
4. Career Corner

1. More on Timely Payments for Contractors

NY-GEO is getting reports from some contractors that payments have become more timely, while they’ve remained atrociously slow for others, causing crippling cash flow problems.  We continue to be available to help with these issues at nygeoinfo@gmail.com.  We’d like to reiterate the process that we’ve set up below.  Please do call the utility program manager if ICF is not responding in a timely and responsive manner.  Please don’t hesitate to let us know when, after making these contacts, things are still not working and you’d like help. 

To prevent delays in rebate payments, NY-GEO and the Clean Heat Joint Management Committee (JMC) are targeting a 3-business day limit for responses to contractor applications and any subsequent revisions.

NY-GEO urges contractors to take the following steps if they don’t hear back on their submission to ICFwithin 3 business days.  ICF is the contractor the JMC has hired to process applications.  ICF has recently hired a half dozen new employees to speed up its operation.

  • If ICF does not respond or if you have a problem with their response, contact the utility Program Manager as listed below.
  • If the Program Manager is not available or not able to help resolve the issue in a timely fashion, email NY-GEO at nygeoinfo@gmail.com or call us at 716-316-7674.

Central Hudson

Ray Cotto, Associate Energy Efficiency Program Manager
Phone: (845) 486-5750, Email: RCotto@cenhud.com

Con Ed

Will Xia, Program Manager

Phone: (646) 761-1851, Email: xiaw@coned.com

National Grid

Ayomide Balogun, Senior Program Manager
Phone: (518) 419-7365 Email: ayomide.balogun@nationalgrid.com


Nicole Williams - Program Manager, Conservation and Load Management
Phone: 585-484-6592, Email: nicole.williams@nyseg.com

 Orange & Rockland

Mark Maloney

Phone: (845) 577-2433, Email: maloneym@oru.com


Ithaca Council Unanimously Votes to Decarbonize its Buildings by 2030

“The city of about 30,000 people consists of some 6,000 homes and buildings. Decarbonization would involve looking at everything from how a building is heated to what appliances it uses, with the aim of moving away from the consumption of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas… researchers are working on modeling to help inform what buildings to tackle first. But the program is broadly slated to unfold in two phases — the first covering 1,600 buildings and then another 4,400.”    Washington Post article here.  Here’s a more in-depth article from the Ithaca Voice.  Thanks to many folks who passed this item along.


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See the New York Heat Pump Incentive Table here.

NOTE: LIPA/PSEG LI rebates are not included in this table, but can be found here, under the section "Higher Rebates."

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NYS Bill Aims to Ban Fossil Fuels in New Construction

Senator Brian Kavanaugh has filed an amended version of a bill – S6843A –that  “Enacts the ‘all-electric building act’; provides that no city, town or village shall issue a permit for the construction of new buildings that are not an all-electric building if the initial application for a permit was submitted after December 31, 2023 unless certain circumstances apply.“  The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Hoylman and Myrie.  Kavanaugh will hold a press conference on the bill Monday 11/1 at New York City Hall Park and NY-GEO Director of Operations John Rath will speak in support of the bill.

Senator Brian Kavanaugh

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4. Career Corner

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - Non-Pipeline Alternatives (NPA): Bringing Together Utilities & the Heat Pump Industry - Noon to 1 PM EDT - Natural gas pipeline expansions are being evaluated carefully and alternatives are being explored. Natural gas supplies are also constrained in some existing service areas, and again utilities are looking for non-pipeline alternatives. In this session we will hear from investor-owned utilities about what NPA activities have occurred to date and desire to continue collaborations with the heat pump industry in the search for sustainable solutions.  

Pre-register here. If you pre-register, you will be emailed the Zoom link to join live. You can also register just prior to the start to join the live webinar.


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See the full webinar schedule here.

If you missed a session, you can view the video here.

NY-GEO has moved our annual conference to March 23rd and 24th, 2022 so we can be sure we'll all be able to meet in-person safely.

All paid registrations from the 2020/2021 conference will carry forward to NY-GEO 2022.

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