Southern Tier 8 continues to support the I-86 Coalition, tasked with encouraging interstate highway designation. Southern Tier 8 serves on the Binghamton Metropolitan Transit Study (BMTS) and supports regional construction projects and trail developments. Learn more here: www.ny-i86.net
In 2017, while Southern Tier 8 was drafting the organization’s 5-year plan, business leaders raised concerns with the continued delay of William’s natural gas “Constitution” pipeline as energy needs are not being met in communities across Chenango, Delaware & Otsego Counties, creating a significant obstacle for economic growth.
The organization took on the role of researching the use of natural gas and other fuels for both industrial and residential use in the area and discovered that the available information came up short. The raw data for energy usage and fuel type percentages was not available. Recognizing the need for a multi-county assessment of energy infrastructure needs, Southern Tier 8 secured $150,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission to draft a baseline document, identify the unique challenges & offer strategies for alternative energy solutions. Southern Tier 8 released an RFP inviting firms to complete the study in January of 2019. Interviews were conducted with the 3 finalists, and ultimately LaBella Associates’ of Rochester was selected to complete the work. LaBella was chosen based on its high community rating from the Steering Committee and impressive relationships with New York State, NYSEG and PSC.
This 1-year planning process was designed to satisfy the following:
- Provide regional private and public leaders with a baseline of available energy infrastructure and usage data plan for allocating resources to support
- Identify and encourage sustainable energy development initiatives and opportunities that will improve the economic progress of the 8-county region.
The Steering Committee invested numerous hours in gathering information, engaging stakeholders and prioritizing community projects that are ready for development. On behalf of the Southern Tier 8 Regional Board, LaBella Associates planned to host Open Houses for the community in Norwich & Cortland, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LaBella hosted a WebEx presentation to present the findings of its 8-County Regional Energy Infrastructure Assessment & Strategy, as linked below. Participants had an opportunity to comment and ask questions online and submit written comments via email through April 7, 2020. Comments were taken into consideration and the final document is linked below.
Many thanks to the staff, Steering Committee & LaBella Associates for producing a document that defines the energy resources, needs and opportunities for communities across the Southern Tier.
Review Public Documents here:
1. March 30, 2020 Presentation slides here
2. March 30, 2020 Recorded Presentation here & the password is: Mw73eUTK
3. 2020 Regional Energy Infrastructure Assessment here.
4. US Department of Energy Appalachian Energy & Petrochemical Renaissance Report June 2020, with contributions by the Appalachian Regional Commission here