Energize Northern Westchester
Energize Bedford is a community-based energy efficiency program funded through Department of Energy (DOE) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grants. The program and its staff operate under the guidance of the Bedford Retrofit Advisory Board whose members represent the key stakeholders including the Town of Bedford, the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (NWEAC), the Bedford Energy Advisory Panel (BEAP) and the Bedford 2020 Coalition.
Efforts to secure funding for the program were led by a group of community volunteers under the auspices of the BEAP, the Bedford 2020 Coalition and NWEAC. A handful of key stakeholder representatives worked for months to develop and submit the grant proposal as a joint effort of NWEAC and the Town of Bedford. Nationwide, twenty-odd municipalities won direct program funding. Only the joint Bedford-NWEAC proposal won funding in both the direct and sub-award categories.
The Energize Bedford program will enlist a broad cross-section of resources to advance a self-sustaining effort to promote residential energy efficiency through Home Performance with Energy Star assessments and upgrades, first in the pilot Town of Bedford and ultimately throughout all 14 NWEAC communities.
The Program’s primary goal is to dramatically increase home energy efficiency upgrades well beyond the typical participation rates by overcoming barriers to action with innovative community based marketing and financing techniques. Through the combined grants, Energize Bedford will develop best practices to increase the demand for home energy efficiency upgrades throughout Bedford.