Albany, NY - October 17, 2016 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a contract for the installation of 300 electric vehicle charging stations at public locations across New York. The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees accord supports the Governor’s ChargeNY program’s goal of 3,000 charging stations online in the state by 2018 and helps New York achieve its goal for a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
"New York is a national leader in promoting green technology and developing the clean energy economy, and these new charging stations will support the growing increase in electric vehicle use across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "With our unyielding commitment to cleaner, greener, and more efficient energy solutions, we are building a stronger New York for all."
ChargeNY is a core initiative of the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a cleaner, more efficient and resilient energy system for all New Yorkers. In addition, reducing emissions from the transportation sector is critical to achieving Governor Cuomo’s goal of reducing New York State’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels and ensuring 50 percent of electricity consumed comes from renewable energy sources by 2030.
Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, said, "From electric cars to solar and wind farms, under Governor Cuomo New York is making smart investments to grow out clean tech economy and lead on climate change. By increasing the number of public electric vehicle charging stations in our state, we are signaling to New Yorkers that we are serious about transitioning to a cleaner energy future and meeting our emissions reductions goals."
Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO, said, "With Charge NY, New York is once again showing how it leads by example when it comes to clean energy. At the same time, we will continue to engage the private sector to develop and deploy their own clean energy solutions."
The five-year NYPA contract includes charging station equipment as well as optional installation and networking services. It will enable NYPA to make the charging station infrastructure and services available to governmental customers at lower costs and favorable financing terms as part of its standard portfolio of energy efficiency services to these customers. This complements rebates for charging station infrastructure recently offered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to municipalities.
Under ChargeNY, more than 1,100 charging stations have been installed in New York--including those by municipalities and businesses--bringing the total in the state to about 1,600. Expanding charging infrastructure also supports the Reforming the Energy Vision strategy by responding to market trends and expanding consumer choice.
Last month, in partnership with the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, NYPA celebrated the milestone of having installed 100 charging stations at 37 locations statewide. NYPA also helped finance the installation of high-speed charging stations at four travel plazas along the New York State Thruway in the Hudson Valley.
About Reforming the Energy Vision
Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. Reforming the Energy Vision is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency, in part through the recent adoption of New York’s Clean Energy Standard which requires that 50% of the state's electricity needs be generated from renewable energy sources by 2030. Already, Reforming the Energy Vision has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled more than 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean-tech sectors. Reforming the Energy Vision is ensuring New York reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about Reforming the Energy Vision, including the Governor's $5.3 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit here and follow us at @Rev4NY.