Investments and Benefits Reporting Guidance

Disadvantaged Communities Investments and Benefits Reporting Guidance

The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) requires that state agencies, authorities, and entities direct a minimum of 35% with a goal of 40% of the overall benefits on clean energy and energy efficiency programs, projects, or investments in the areas of housing, workforce development, pollution reduction, low-income energy assistance, energy, transportation, and economic development to disadvantaged communities (DACs) as identified by implementing criteria finalized by the Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG).

NYSERDA worked with consultants to catalogue programs and funding sources from state entities that apply to the requirements of the Climate Act. Additionally, NYSERDA and DEC collaborated on guidance for agencies, authorities, and entities to inform the investments and benefits reporting on state compliance with the Climate Act. An overview of this initial guidance was presented to the CJWG on November 14, 2023.

Draft Disadvantaged Community Reporting Guidance [PDF]

Disadvantaged Communities Reporting Data Collection Template [xlsx]

Virtual Information Sessions

DEC and NYSERDA hosted virtual information sessions on February 1, 2024, and March 24, 2024, to provide information about the draft reporting guidance to implement the requirement that New York State entities account for investments and benefits in disadvantaged communities under the Climate Act.

Public Comments

Written comments on the proposed guidance may be submitted until close of business April 5, 2024.

Contact: Alanah Keddell-Tuckey, NYSDEC - Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1550 or email [email protected]. Include "Draft Disadvantaged Communities Reporting Guidance" in the subject line of the email.