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The Central New York (CNY) Energy Challenge is a fun and FREE program to encourage area residents, businesses, municipalities, institutions, and industrial facilities to take action to improve the energy efficiency of their properties and reduce their emissions while staying comfortable and saving money. Launched in 2011 by the Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board, the Energy Challenge provides guides to conservation actions, energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy programs/incentives, as well as practical information about savings and cost. Renters and homeowners, adults and youth, businesses and institutions, and Central New Yorkers from Auburn to Oneida and everywhere in between are using initiatives and advice provided by the Energy Challenge to learn about energy efficiency and to take action!

Energy Challenge FAQs
Q: Who runs the CNY Energy Challenge?

The Challenge is an initiative of the Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board (CNY RPDB). For more information about the CNY RPDB and their mission, visit their website at


Q: How much does it cost to participate in the CNY Energy Challenge?

Materials and presentations related to our energy-saving initiatives are FREE!


Q: Do I live in Central New York? Can I participate in the CNY Energy Challenge?

Right now, the CNY Energy Challenge is limited to Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.  If you are a resident, business, non-profit, municipality, or any other entity in these five counties, you can participate in our energy-saving initiatives.


Q: How do I participate in the CNY Energy Challenge?

Simple – browse our energy-saving initiatives to identify actions that you or your municipality could take to help save money and reduce your energy use.  Feel free to contact us for more information about getting involved!

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