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Electrifying the Electric City

By Bethany Bump
Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Troy company plans to install 26 electric vehicle charging stations around Schenectady County, from the public library downtown to Schenectady County Community College, among other popular locales.

Access Technology Integration Inc., a company that installs automated parking systems, gates, booths and security cameras, will fund the project with a $267,000 award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The stations will also be installed at City Hall, the Glendale Nursing Home, parking garages and surface parking lots.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced that more than 360 electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid charging stations will be installed across the state as part of his Charge NY initiative, which has been led by the NYSERDA and the New York Power Authority. The goal is to create a statewide network of up to 3,000 public and workplace charging stations over the next five years and to install up to 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road.

Some organizations plan to install charging stations at various locations across the state, while others plan to install them in and around their local towns and cities. PepsiCo's Frito-Lay Division will install 10 stations for fleet vehicles at its Albany distribution center.

“Building this network of innovative charging stations will encourage New Yorkers to use fuel-efficient alternatives like electric vehicles, as well as grow the green industry and jobs in the state,” said Cuomo in a news release. “The Charge NY program shows how New York is leading the way toward an electric vehicle future, and it is helping to drive the state’s clean energy economy.”

NYSERDA has awarded $3.6 million to 14 organizations to install more than 260 electric vehicle charging stations across the state. Most stations will be dual charging stations — or able to accommodate two vehicles at once. Last June, NYSERDA awarded $4.4 million to fund 325 charging stations around the state.

“The governor’s announcement today is just one more step the state is taking to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and promote the use of electric vehicles as a viable option to consumers,” said NYSERDA President and CEO Francis Murray Jr. in the release. “The investment the state is making in this infrastructure, under Governor Cuomo, underscores our continued commitment to clean energy and energy efficiency programs, which will also help to stimulate the economy and protect our environment.”

NYPA issued a Request for Proposals today for the installation of 100 charging stations equipped with smart charging capabilities that would reduce the demand on the electric grid during peak demand times.

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