Energy Goal 1: increase the local generation and distribution of renewable energy
With 94% of electrical generation from renewable sources, hydropower (78.5% of electrical generation), wind (12.8% of electrical generation), and biomass (2.36% of electrical generation) present themselves as the leading Main Tier renewable electrical generation opportunities in the region. Technologies such as small wind, solar, and biomass (including anaerobic digesters) facilities as electric and thermal energy sources at the Customer-Sited Tier provide opportunities not only for increased renewable energy generation, but also for expansion of local businesses and long-term cost savings for residents, business owners, and governments. Expanding the markets for these resources will support local economic development while supporting New York Stateâ€™s goals to increase generation from renewable sources and reduce GHG emissions. The rich forestlands of the North Country provide the opportunity for conversion to renewable biomass heating opportunities. Schools, municipalities, and residents across the region are converting to pellet, wood chip, and cordwood heating sources.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan