About ESC

The Energy Smart Community (ESC) was created by New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG)  in order to develop and test the technologies, markets, and choices that will help advance clean energy use in Tompkins County. This initiative aligns with New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision comprehensive energy strategy which mandates that, by 2030, 50 percent of New York’s energy be generated by renewable sources. The ESC also aligns with Tompkins County's Energy Roadmap which aims to reach a minimum 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction from 2008 levels by 2050, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels across all sectors. Tompkins County Planning Department explains more about the roadmap in this presentation.

Upgrades being implemented as part of the ESC, such as smart meters, grid automation, integration of rooftop solar, consumers' online access to personal energy data, a marketplace of third-party energy products and services, and price incentives for off-peak energy use, will modernize the pilot area of Tompkins County, which is necessary to move forward on both the state and county energy goals. The project begins with installing 12,400 electric smart meters, automating substation and circuits through a telecommunication system, and deploying an advanced grid management system. Click here to see if you are part of the grid upgrade area..

The pilot area is 84 percent residential, 14 percent, commercial, 2 percent municipal, and less than 1 percent industrial. The area ecompasses a cross-section of urban, suburban, and rural areas which NYSEG says is important in understanding overall energy use. This cross-section of Tompkins County is the first area to receive NYSEG’s modernized grid upgrades which they hope to scale to the rest of their service territories in the next few years.

Because of the alignment between the ESC and Tompkins County’s Energy Roadmap, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County is facilitating community engagement to help maximize the potential of the ESC to help further our County goals.

Links to more information


Sharon Anderson
Environment Team Leader
(607) 272-2292 ext. 156

Last updated March 26, 2018