Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday the New York State Public Service Commission approved a request by National Grid to provide up to $2 million in grants to help agricultural, business and commercial electric and gas customers hurt by recent rainstorms and flooding in the Mohawk Valley.
The commission’s approval of the program, similar to initiatives created after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, will enable National Grid to provide financial assistance to qualifying business customers within the company’s service territory.
“The recent storms that devastated communities across the Mohawk Valley have left many businesses with significant costs to repair and replace key equipment,” Cuomo said in a news release. “This financial support from National Grid is an important resource that will provide much needed relief — I encourage all eligible businesses to apply and applaud National Grid’s actions to aid the region’s ongoing recovery.”
“When we saw the devastation caused by the flooding in the Mohawk Valley and completed the electric and gas restoration, we knew much more was needed to reconnect the equipment of the impacted customers. We will be part of the long-term recovery efforts in the region — and help rebuild these communities — just as we did after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy,” said National Grid President for New York State Ken Daly.
The utility program approved by the PSC on Thursday will provide funds to offset costs associated with energy infrastructure repair and/or replacement, rehabilitation of commercial, industrial and mixed-use buildings and replacement of fixed machinery and equipment necessary for business operation.
To be eligible, customers must apply for the emergency program by Dec. 31. Grants awarded under the emergency program are intended to be provided to customers after all other federal and state funding and insurance disbursements to customers are exhausted.
To receive grants of up to $50,000, eligible non-residential customers must have sustained physical damage to their premises and must have lost electric and/or natural gas service due to the storms and flooding. To be eligible for the program, the applicant must:
• Be a National Grid commercial or industrial electric and/or gas customer, or an agri-business taking service on a National Grid residential rate;
• Be applying for assistance for a building that sustained physical damage and lost electric and/or natural gas service as a result of the storms and flooding;
• Show evidence of monetary need based on a funding gap, demonstrated in a budget that identifies funds from all sources, such as personal funds, borrowed funds, insurance settlements, federal, state and local sources;
• Produce estimates for eligible renovations or a storm damage assessment, which includes estimated costs for renovations conducted by a government agency;
• Be located in a county within an area declared a “State of Emergency” by New York state and/or the federal government;
Page 2 of 2 - • Be current in payments to National Grid or have executed a deferred payment agreement with the company, unless the arrears are directly related to the storm;
• Wherever possible, pursue opportunities through National Grid and/or the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s energy efficiency programs; and
• Receive an endorsement of the application by a state, regional or local economic development or agricultural agency that is familiar with the applicant’s project and National Grid’s program requirements. The endorsement must include a site visit and should provide photographic evidence of storm damage to the subject property.