Just Transition Site Reuse Planning Program (PON 4563)

Due Date:  Continuous


With New York’s commitment to cleaner forms of energy well underway as part of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act), the State is taking proactive steps to assist communities (County, City, Town or Village) transitioning away from conventional energy infrastructure they have hosted over the past several decades, specifically fossil-fuel power plants. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in coordination with Site Reuse Planning Contractors (SRPC), will provide site reuse planning and technical support services to individual municipalities navigating power plant retirement and site and reuse opportunities. SRPCs will develop a Site Reuse Planning Study and NYSERDA will provide 100% of the site reuse planning costs as defined in PON 4563, with no cost share required by the applicant.
Applicants must be Counties, Cities, Towns, or Villages that are home to fossil-fuel power plants that have been decommissioned within the last five years, are currently being decommissioned, or have confirmed plans to retire and deactivate by a certain date in the future. Applicants that are home to other operating fossil fuel facilities that commenced operations prior to 1990 will also be considered.

Applicants should be the level of government with land use/regulatory authority of the power plant sites, or a partnership between levels of government with vested interests in site reuse. (Land use/regulatory authority may include property ownership or regulatory controls, such as the ability to implement zoning and land use regulations specific to the power plant site).
Each eligible municipality will receive up to $150,000 of Site Reuse Planning Technical Assistance. Applicants may be eligible for Disadvantaged Community (DAC) community support adder of up to $10,000 to advance planning efforts critical to addressing community needs. To access this funding, the Applicant must have a New York State Disadvantaged Community located within the municipality, as defined at the time of application.
The scope of services to be provided by NYSERDA and SPRCs in developing the applicant’s Site Reuse Planning Study may include some, or all, of the following elements based on needs and other planning activities undertaken by the applicant:

Baseline planning tasks:
  • Evaluation of Existing Site
  • Economic Analysis
  • Stakeholder Input
  • Alternative Reuse Plans
  • Demolition and Abatement
  • Public Health Impacts
  • Recommended Actions & Timeline 

Pre-Development Activities
For applicants who completed the baseline planning tasks, technical assistance under PON 4563 is available to support further predevelopment work to assist the applicant in achieving more advanced community revitalization goals.  Examples of predevelopment activities include:
  • Detailed Infrastructure Assessment
  • Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment
  • Development of Marketing Collateral
  • Site Planning
  • Workforce Development Strategies
  • Non-Site-Specific Community Revitalization Strategies
  • Tailored Public Engagement Methods
  • Others as determined through the initial baseline planning process
Applications must be submitted to: jtplanning@nyserda.ny.gov



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