1,100 State-Funded EV Charging Ports Installed as Part of Statewide Effort to Encourage More Widespread Electric Vehicle Use
Latest EV Stations Help Realize Governor Cuomo's Goal of 40 Percent Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the addition of 44 new electric vehicle charging ports in Rochester and Buffalo. The additions to the existing electric vehicle infrastructure in two of the state's largest cities will encourage electric car use not only in Western New York and in the Finger Lakes, but across New York State. The state has funded the installation of 1,100 charging ports throughout New York to increase the use of electric vehicles and help the state achieve Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.
"New York is setting the trend for more electric vehicle use across the state and across the country," said Governor Cuomo. "We are moving forward by working with communities to build an even more extensive network of charging stations which will substantially reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and build a cleaner, greener New York for all."
"Electric vehicles provide an opportunity to help reduce carbon emissions and achieve significant savings in fuel costs," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "We want to make it as easy as possible for drivers to travel throughout New York State with electric vehicles. This investment in additional charging stations in Buffalo and Rochester will provide New Yorkers with expanded access, encouraging their use and advancing our ambitious clean energy goals. With our investments in clean energy, we're working to ensure our environment is cleaner, greener and safer for future generations.
The most recent chargers were installed in municipal parking garages in Buffalo and Rochester as part of the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) electric vehicle charging station program. Through a collaboration with the private-sector and other partners, more than 200 chargers are expected to be installed for public use throughout the state this year.
The cities of Buffalo and Rochester received $194,669 and $128,000, respectively, from the State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Clean Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate program. Municipal rebates, which encourage the installation of clean vehicle support infrastructure, such as electric vehicle charging stations for public use, are part of the state's $300 million Environmental Protection Fund, which DEC administers. NYPA, which contracts the installation work, is installing 72 charging ports for municipalities awarded DEC funding. The latest phase, which includes the Buffalo and Rochester projects, also included nine ports for the city of Yonkers, the fourth largest city in the state.
New York State Energy and Finance Chairman Richard Kauffman said, "New York State is leading by example when it comes to promoting the adoption of electric vehicles and giving drivers the confidence that they will easily be able to travel long distances. Moving forward we will be closely collaborate with private partners to further build out an extensive network of charging infrastructure and set the national bar to meet our emissions reduction goals."
NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said, "Electric cars come with significant benefits beyond being green. They save money, boast higher reliability and safety ratings, and have advanced in-car technology and better acceleration. The key to further EV acceptance is making it as easy as possible for drivers to travel throughout New York and that means being able to recharge at convenient locations when away from home. Kudos to Buffalo and Rochester for making it easy for more residents and visitors to charge in town."
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Emissions from the transportation sector are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. Protecting our communities from climate change requires bold action and Governor Cuomo's announcement today will increase our capacity to put more electric vehicles on our roads while reducing harmful transportation emissions. Expanding EV infrastructure in Rochester and Buffalo will also make green commutes easier for everyone living in Western New York."
Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, "Electric vehicles offer us an opportunity to help further reduce carbon emissions, support a healthier environment and achieve significant savings in fueling costs. Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate and the New York Power Authority, we have begun to build a robust network of charging stations in city-owned parking lots, as we continue to implement climate smart initiatives to build a stronger future for our City."
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, "These new electric vehicle charging stations will help us reduce our carbon footprint and further our commitment to being a cleaner, greener city. I would like to thank Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Power Authority for their ongoing partnership and investment in climate related initiatives, all of which bolster our efforts to create more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens."
The City of Buffalo installed 16 dual port wall-mounted units in eight municipal-owned parking garages (32 charging ports). Rochester's project involved the installation ofsix dual port ground-mounted charging stations in five municipal garages (12 charging ports). The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) previously funded 70 charging stations in Buffalo and 40 in Rochester. To locate the chargers, visit www.plugshare.com.
The installations are part of Governor Cuomo's ChargeNY initiative and align with NYPA's program to promote the adoption of electric vehicles within the state. Under the Governor's ChargeNY 2.0 initiative, New York State is working with the private sector to support the public availability of at least 10,000 charging stations across New York by 2021. The number of public charging stations has grown from about 500 in 2011 to more than 2,000 statewide currently.
New York has already met one key target by having more than 30,000 electric cars on the road as of the end of 2017.
The effort also ties in with NYPA's recently announced $250 million EVolve NY electric vehicle expansion initiative that will bring hundreds of additional fast chargers to interstates and urban hubs around the state, as well as New York City airports. The EVolve NY program will involve private-sector partners and also work to increase public awareness about electric vehicles and charging.
Automakers have announced plans to invest more than $90 billion into electric vehicles and are racing to bring cars to market—all towards a better, cheaper, and cleaner way to travel. Virtually all automakers have announced plans to bring long-range (230-300 miles or more) vehicles, of all types, to market by the early 2020s.
In another action intended to further encourage electric vehicle adoption, the Department of Public Service (DPS) is currently considering the role of electric utilities' in providing infrastructure and rate design to accommodate the needs and electricity demand of EVs. Additionally, DPS, with robust stakeholder input, is exploring cost-effective ways to build such infrastructure and equipment, and determine whether utility tariff changes will be needed in addition to those already being considered for residential customers.
The state has also provided incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive electric vehicles, installed charging stations in public areas, and offered rebates for municipalities to purchase or lease electric (plug-in hybrid or battery) or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for municipal fleet use and to install charging infrastructure.
The City of Rochester was designated last year as a DEC Certified Climate Smart Community. Launched in 2014, the program recognizes local governments that have taken action to reduce emissions and protect their communities from a changing climate.
NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.