Governor Hochul Announces Charging Reduction Programs for Electric Vehicle Drivers in New York

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the State Public Service Commission has approved active and passive charging programs for New York investor-owned electric vehicles, a key component to further develop the infrastructure of New York electric vehicles. Today’s decision by the PSC is part of the initiative known as the EV Make-Ready program, which has asked utilities to develop managed charging programs that will offer customers an alternative to depending on the time of use for the whole house that are already in place. Managed charging programs and TOU tariffs encourage charging at the most advantageous times for the network, which has the potential to extend the estimated societal benefits of EV deployments to more than $5 billion through 2030.

“I’m proud to say that New York is the national leader in clean energy innovation to fight climate change and bring environmental justice to affected communities,” Governor Hochul said. “Today’s action brings us closer to a greener, zero-emissions future, and expands the benefits of electric vehicle ownership by providing additional savings at a time when New Yorkers need it most. .”

“The Public Service Commission’s approval of active and passive charging programs in New York will help us further expand the use of electric vehicles across the state,” said Lieutenant Governor Delgado. “The continued development and accessibility of New York’s electric vehicle infrastructure will help encourage more New Yorkers to switch to energy-efficient, zero-emission vehicles and provide a cleaner environment for our children. .”

The EV Make-Ready program provides funding for the infrastructure needed to support more than 50,000 new Level 2 public and commercial charging ports, capable of charging a vehicle at least twice as fast as a standard wall outlet , and 1,500 public DC (direct current) fast-charging ports in New York City in recognition of the critical role that public fast-charging ports will play in the near term in alleviating range anxiety. Before the program began, there were 4,571 publicly accessible chargers statewide. This program will more than tenfold the number of publicly accessible charging stations in New York State.

The EV Make-Ready Program is funded by major investor-owned utilities in New York State and creates a cost-sharing program that incentivizes utilities and charging port developers to implement charging infrastructure of electric vehicles in locations that will provide maximum benefit to consumers. The Commission capped the total budget at $701 million and it will continue through 2025, with a minimum of $206 million allocated for equitable access and benefits for socio-economically disadvantaged and disadvantaged communities. EV charging ports in disadvantaged communities are eligible for a higher incentive, supporting up to 100% of the costs to prepare a site for EV charging.

Encouraging private investment in publicly accessible fast-charging ports will drive the electric vehicle market in New York over the next few years. While the initial focus was on funding projects located in communities served by investor-owned utilities, the Commission said the goals of advancing the state’s transportation electrification goals, d Expanding access to clean transportation and reducing emissions in disadvantaged communities are relevant across the state. .

Public Service Commission Chairman Rory M. Christian said“As EV adoption increases statewide, well-designed EV charging programs will provide critical benefits to the utility and transportation sectors. By providing EV drivers with incentives for a Beneficial charging behavior, along with resources that make charging hassle-free, managed charging programs will create a win-win situation for EV drivers in the form of lower fuel costs and the grid in the form of lower utility costs. reduced infrastructure.”

Today’s decision impacts customers of New York State’s major utilities – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, National Grid, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. and Rochester Gas and Electricity Company.

The transportation sector is responsible for the largest contribution to greenhouse gas pollution in the country, with emissions increasing more than any other sector over the past 30 years. Encouraging accelerated, forward-thinking development of charging infrastructure will provide New Yorkers with more than $2.6 billion in net benefits and support the achievement of the state’s transportation electrification and clean energy goals . Electrifying transportation will allow New Yorkers to power their vehicles with cleaner energy sources, with renewables making up a growing share of the state’s electricity supply. Thoughtful placement of charging infrastructure will reduce installation costs, improve site host acceptance and maximize driver utilization.

In a related development, the PSC changed EV rules for Con Edison, the state’s largest electric utility. Specifically, the PSC will allow Con Edison to increase the current single-site outlet limit on fast-charging stations from 10 outlets to 30 outlets and it will eliminate the funding limit for certain incentives. The Amendments will ease market constraints to increase accessibility to charging stations by facilitating developer interest and market growth in the Company’s service territory, including expanded access for disadvantaged communities.

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), along with its service provider, PSEG Long Island, announced its goal to support 180,000 new electric vehicles on Long Island with 4,745 new electric vehicle charging ports by 2025, with a proposed investment of $89 million in infrastructure readiness over the next four years.

Customers in Long Island and other areas of New York State that fall outside of investor-owned utility territories can take advantage of the innovative prize competition design and administrative capabilities developed by NYSERDA for “New York Clean Transportation Prizes”.

The goals of the PSC to advance the state’s transportation electrification goals, expand access to clean transportation, and reduce emissions in disadvantaged communities should be pursued by all communities in the state, regardless of the particular electrical service provider or the regulatory framework that governs that service, and a coordinated statewide approach is necessary to meet the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), and that all New Yorkers should share in the benefits of the CLCPA.

The CLCPA includes requirements that all state agencies prioritize greenhouse gas emission reductions in disadvantaged communities and that at least 35% of overall benefits from spending on clean energy programs benefit disadvantaged communities. EV readiness costs include utility-owned readiness work, customer-owned readiness work, readiness implementation, and other program costs.

New York State National Climate Plan

New York State’s premier climate program is the nation’s most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues to drive a healthy economy. green as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined in law by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on track to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70% power generation renewable energy by 2030, and achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to expand clean energy, including more than $35 billion in 120 large-scale renewable energy and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion in dollars to reduce emissions from buildings, $1.8 billion to expand solar power, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and more than $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments . Together, these investments support nearly 158,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector in 2020, 2,100% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011, and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power from ‘by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on that progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring ensuring that at least 35%, with a target of 40%, of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advancing progress towards the state 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing 185 trillion BTUs of on-site energy consumption in end-use energy savings.

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