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EV Charging Stations Reach New York Milestone

NY POWER AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES INSTALLATION OF 100TH PUBLIC ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority has announced the state has now installed more than 100 electric vehicle charging stations  in New York cities, towns and villages, as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal to have 3,000 charging stations on line by 2018.

Under the Governor’s Charge NY program, more than 1,100 EV charging stations have been installed in New York since 2013—including those by municipalities and businesses--bringing the total in the state to about 1,600 across the public and private sectors.

In partnership with the New York Energy Research & Development Authority, NYPA has installed charging stations at 37 locations statewide. Three are at the Metro-North station in Tarrytown, about 25 miles north of New York City, where the charging station milestone was announced as part of National Drive Electric Week.

“In the three years since Charge NY was launched in New York State, more and more New Yorkers are doing their part to combat climate change and as part of that, have been purchasing electric vehicles in greater numbers, creating the demand and need for charging stations across the state,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “It’s gratifying to be part of this effort to help meet that demand.”

Quiniones said the Power Authority is advancing a contract to purchase 300 charging stations to benefit municipalities and lower their charging equipment and installation costs. 

John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, “The installation of these electric vehicle charging stations is the latest step in helping New York meet Governor Cuomo’s mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. Every single electric vehicle we put on the road makes a difference in reducing our carbon footprint, and I applaud the Power Authority for its continued leadership in this area.”

“Tarrytown is very pleased to be part of Governor Cuomo’s Charge NY program,” said Michael Blau, Tarrytown village administrator.  “The charging stations have had a big impact in our efforts to green Tarrytown’s operations, and raise the awareness in the community on measures we can all take to combat greenhouse gases and global warming.” 

Launched in 2013, Charge NY aims to encourage more electric vehicle use, lay a foundation of additional investment in clean technologies in the private sector and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Charge NY also supports the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a cleaner, more efficient and resilient energy system for all New Yorkers and meet the state's mandate to have 50% of all electricity consumed come from renewable sources by 2030 and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.  Usage data from some of the recently installed charging stations in Westchester County, shows that at many of the sites, including Tarrytown, the amount of energy dispensed has more than doubled between 2015 and 2016.

In the fall, as part of Governor Cuomo's commitment to help more New Yorkers purchase electric vehicles, New York will announce the details of the first-ever statewide electric vehicle rebate program for automobiles. Additionally, earlier this month, the Governor announced $3 million in available funding for municipalities in New York to advance the purchase or lease of Zero Emission Vehicles such as battery electric and hydrogen vehicles with funding provided through the record $300 million Environmental Protection Fund. 

Earlier this year, working with Nissan, NYPA helped finance the installation of high-speed EV charging stations at four travel plazas along the New York State Thruway in the Hudson Valley.

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