Ilion board mulls energy grant options – New York News


ILION, N.Y. – Ilion village officials are exploring their options as they prepare an application for a $100,000 grant to make energy efficiency improvements in the village.

The village completed four “high impact actions” to be designated as a

Clean Energy Community under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority program and quality to apply for a $100,000 grant for additional energy saving projects.

Amanda Kaier, of Patrick Heating in Rome, was on hand at a June meeting of the village board to discuss upgrades the company could make to the municipal building’s antiquated heating system. She said the present steam distribution system is inefficient and recommended replacing it with a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. The costs she quoted were much higher than $100,000, although she said the project would likely be completed in phases.

Village Administrator James Kramas said Wednesday that Patrick Heating had been asked to conduct an initial assessment of the village firehouse to see if an HVAC system could be installed there.

Trustee Bridget McKinley said she had reached out to other communities to find out how they had used their grant funding. The City of Rome purchased two electric vehicles and a charging station, she said. She suggested purchasing an electric vehicle for use by a village employee and installing an EV charging station on village-owned land behind the post office.

Kramas pointed out that the EV charging station the village is considering would require 20 to 40 minutes to charge a vehicle. Motorists…

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