Environmental and Transportation Stakeholders Petition Public Service Commission for More Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

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February 21, 2018 – New York — Firstly, 40 environmental, labor, and transportation industry stakeholders in New York submitted a formal petition to the New York Public Service Commission (NYSPSC).  They called for an Order Establishing a Separate Proceeding to Advance New York’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Market. The requested proceeding would promote a “coordinated, proactive approach” to New York’s EV initiatives.  Furthermore, the petition asks New York’s utilities to step up.  They want utilities submit proposals to NYSPSC getting more installation of EV charging infrastructure.  They also call for More and more EV customer education.

New York’s Electric vehicle market is only about 24,000 EVs and 2,000 charging stations, New York so so far.  They are far from meeting its 2025 zero emission vehicle goals. Those goals are 850,000 EVs on the road. Then also add-on the 2021 ChargeNY goals (10,000 charging stations. The Commission is planning to open a new docket. They want to check utility EV-only rate proposals due on April 1st.  This is by legislation passed last year. The petition asks that the docket be expanded.  They want it to encompass all current and future state and utility EV initiatives.

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In addition to the EV-only rate proposals, the petition also calls for utility EV charging infrastructure proposals. They want them to focus on multi-unit dwellings, low-income communities, DC fast chargers, and medium and heavy-duty EVs, including buses) and for utility proposals on customer EV education/outreach by the same April 1st deadline. The petition encourages the Commission to act on its requests as soon as possible. This is to make sure New York achieves its transportation and climate goals.

Quotes in response from petition signers are below:

“It is time for the Public Service Commission to make sure that New York’s utilities do their part to help the Empire State do its climate goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent across all sectors by 2030 and help deliver on the states Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and ChargeNY targets.  As the State’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions comes from transportation, electrifying New York’s transportation sector will reduce climate pollution and associated healthcare costs by cleaning up our air and water and improving the health of all New Yorkers. When electric vehicle charging is by clean wind and solar energy,  it provides even more economic benefits by creating jobs, lowering electricity rates, and reducing the billions of dollars New York sends out-of-state every year for dirty transportation fuels. ” – Lisa Dix, Senior New York Representative, Sierra Club

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“Transportation electrification will help meet statewide energy and environmental goals and make sure New Yorkers have the world-class EV charging network they deserve,” said Kevin George Miller, Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint.

So seems like This petition is an opportunity to build on the Cuomo Administration’s commitment. This commitment is to revolutionize transportation in New York. They want Utilities to play a critical role in this transition. So first off, ChargePoint urges the PSC to support electric vehicle charging proposals by utilities. They want ones that complement the private market. Furthermore they want to promote site host choice and control in charging equipment. They want network services, thereby ensuring fair access to electric transportation in NYS.

Hence, we need to grow the landscape of Electric Vehicles and EV infrastructure. More importantly, It is critical to give access points for low-income and communities of color to take part. In conclusion, Utilities must be required to give project proposals that consider all segments of the New York’s electric vehicle market target population. Finally and In addition, let’s get all dwelling types along with public modes of transportation. The benefits of electrification have to be made fair. This would be through to prioritize vulnerable populations. This was also a quote from Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.

Source: Sierra Club

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