The New York Power Authority on Jan. 18 said that it will help municipalities secure state-funded rebates to install charging stations in an effort to support New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's push to expand the use of electric vehicles.
In his recent State of the State address, Cuomo said that NYPA and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will commit to building 500 new workplace charging stations by 2018.
As part of the governor's "Charge NY" program, NYPA will invite municipalities to tap into a master contract that offers better pricing for the supply, installation and maintenance of charging stations, NYPA noted in a news release.
Local governments can also obtain state-funded rebates from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation or NYSERDA that will cover up to 80 percent of the installed costs.
"We want to accelerate the use of electric vehicles and encourage drivers across the state to consider ownership," said Gil Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO, in the news release.
"Governmental entities are a logical place to start cultivating that interest so we've put together a benefits package that makes it easy and economical for them to join in the push for more widespread use of clean technologies," he said.
NYPA has helped governments install charging stations at public sites and now plans to focus on workplace charging programs at universities, county government facilities and city garages.
To better promote electric vehicle use throughout the state, Cuomo is looking to have 3,000 charging stations on line by 2018.
More than 1,100 have been installed since 2013 — including those by municipalities and businesses — bringing the state total to about 1,600 across the public and private sectors. One hundred were installed by NYPA.
NYPA noted the program supports Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a cleaner, more efficient and resilient energy system, as well as the governor's Clean Energy Standard, which requires that half of all electricity consumed in New York come from clean, renewable sources by 2030.
In October, Cuomo unveiled details of a NYPA contract that calls for the installation of 300 electric vehicle charging stations at public locations across New York.
The NYPA Board of Trustees accord supports the ChargeNY program's goal of 3,000 charging stations online in the state by 2018 and will help New York achieve its goal of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, Cuomo's office said in a news release.