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Nassau (Town), New York   

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Nassau is a small town belonging to the Rensselaer County in New York State in the USA and has approximately 5,000 inhabitants. In December 2015, the town board voted Nassau to become a fossil fuel free town and independent from the national electricity grid by 2020.

Therefore, the town plans to disconnect all its six town buildings from the grid and is already developing a plan to provide all the energy needed from renewables within the next four years. To do this, the first considerations assume a combination of rooftop and ground-mounted solar and wind turbines as well as energy generated from methane-capture from the landfill.

The State of New York therefore has developed a program to support its municipalities to realize their plans. The program is called ‘Reforming Energy Vision (REV)’ and shall make the grid more efficient and increase its reliance on renewables. Another goal of this initiative is to encourage the set-up of smaller and cleaner power systems to save money and give cleaner alternatives to big power stations.

Find further information here:

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016


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General Details

Timeline: disconnect from the electrical grid and 100% RE in electricity sector by 2020

Project Features

Scope of engagement
yes Local/regional
Quality of the objectives
yes Intermediate objectives
Binding effect of the objectives
yes 100% REresolution made unanimously by county council/ government