PSC approves ‘managed charging’ programs that offer EV drivers bill discounts when charging at grid-friendly times
The PSC is developing an “EV Make-Ready” program to accelerate the deployment of 50,000 public and commercial charging ports, including 1,500 Fast Charging Ports, by 2025.
Originally published by the Governor’s Office of the State of New York.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced last week that the State Public Service Commission has approved New York’s investor-owned utility, active and passive electric vehicle charging programs, a key element in furthering New York’s electric vehicle infrastructure. The PSC decision is an integral part of an initiative known as the EV Make-Ready program, which aims to develop managed charging programs that will provide utilities with an alternative to existing all-home time-of-use rates for customers. Managed charging programs and TOU tariffs incentivize charging at the most cost-effective times for the grid, which has the potential to expand the estimated social benefits of EV deployments to more than $5 billion by 2030.
“I am proud that New York is leading the nation in clean energy innovation to combat climate change and bring environmental justice to affected communities.” Governor Hochul said. “Today’s action takes us one step closer to a greener, zero-emissions future and extends the benefits of electric car 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 Lt. Governor Delgado. “The future development and availability of New York’s electric vehicle infrastructure will encourage more New Yorkers to turn to energy-efficient, zero-emission vehicles and provide a cleaner environment for our children.”
The EV Make-Ready program provides funding for the infrastructure required to support more than 50,000 new public and commercial Level 2 charging ports, capable of charging a vehicle at least twice as fast as a standard electrical outlet, and 1,500 public DC (direct current) public fast fast charging ports in New York City in recognition of the key role charging ports will play in alleviating range anxiety in the near term. Before the program began, there were 4,571 open chargers across the state. This program will more than 10-fold increase the number of chargers available to the public in New York State.
The EV Make-Ready program is funded by large investor-owned utilities in New York State and creates a cost-sharing program that incentivizes utilities and charging port developers to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in locations that will maximize consumer benefits. The commission has capped the total budget at $701 million, which will run through 2025, with a minimum of $206 million earmarked for equitable access and benefits for lower socioeconomic and disadvantaged communities. EV charging ports in low-income communities are eligible for higher incentives and are supported for up to 100 percent of the costs to make the site EV-charging ready.
Encouraging private investment in publicly accessible fast charging ports will stimulate the EV market in New York in the coming years. While the initial focus will be on funding projects located in communities served by investor-owned utilities, the Commission said the state’s goal of achieving transportation electrification goals, expanding access to clean transportation and reducing emissions in disadvantaged communities is relevant throughout the state. .
State Service Commission Chairman Rory M. Christian said, “As adoption of EVs in the state increases, well-designed EV managed charging programs will provide significant benefits to the utility and transportation sectors. By providing incentives to EV drivers for beneficial charging behavior and resources that make charging seamless, managed charging programs will create a net win for EV drivers in the form of lower fuel costs and reduced infrastructure. expenses.”
This decision affects customers of major utilities in New York State – 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 Electric Corporation.
The transportation sector is responsible for the largest contribution to greenhouse gas pollution in the country, and these emissions have increased more than any other sector over the past 30 years. Encouraging accelerated, forward-thinking development of charging infrastructure will provide more than $2.6 billion in net benefits to New Yorkers and support the state’s transportation electrification and clean energy goals. Electrifying transportation will allow New Yorkers to power their vehicles with cleaner energy sources, with renewable energy sources representing a growing portion of the state’s electricity supply. A thoughtful placement of charging infrastructure will support the reduction of installation costs, improve site host reception and maximize driver utilization.
In a related development, the PSC changed the EV rules for Con Edison, the state’s largest electric utility. Specifically, the PSC would allow Con Edison to increase the current single-site plug limit at fast-charging stations from 10 plugs to 30 plugs, which would eliminate the financial cap on certain incentives. The changes will ease market constraints to increase charging station accessibility by facilitating developer interest and market growth in the company’s service area, including expanded access for disadvantaged communities.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), along with service provider PSEG Long Island, has announced a goal to support 180,000 new EVs on Long Island by 2025 with 4,745 new EV charging ports, and proposed an $89 million investment to make it ready . infrastructure over the next four years.
Customers in Long Island and other areas outside of New York State’s investor-owned utility service areas can take advantage of NYSERDA’s innovative award competition design and administrative capabilities for the New York Clean Transportation Awards.
To achieve the state’s transportation electrification goals, expand access to clean transportation, and reduce waste in disadvantaged communities, the goals of the PSC must be implemented by all communities throughout the state, regardless of the specific electric service provider or regulatory framework governing that service, and the Climate Stewardship and Community Protection Act A coordinated, statewide approach is needed to meet the requirements of the (CLCPA) and ensure that all New Yorkers share the benefits of the CLCPA.
The CLCPA includes requirements that all government agencies prioritize reducing greenhouse gas emissions in disadvantaged communities and that at least 35 percent of total benefits spent on clean energy programs benefit disadvantaged communities. EV Make-Ready costs include utility-specific make-ready, customer-specific make-ready, make-ready implementation, and other program costs.
New York State Global Climate Plan
New York State’s leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the country and calls for an orderly and equitable transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues to grow a green economy as New York State recovers from COVID-19. pandemic. New York is on track to achieve a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to achieve carbon neutrality in the economy through the Climate Stewardship and Community Protection Act. He announced New York’s unprecedented investments to boost clean energy, including more than $35 billion in 120 large-scale renewable energy and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce building emissions, $1.8 billion to expand solar power, clean transportation initiatives and over $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Together, these investments support an estimated 158,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector by 2020, a 2,100 percent increase in the distributed solar sector since 2011, and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York Builds on this progress by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, ensuring that at least 35 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments go to disadvantaged communities, and making progress toward state development. . By 2025, the energy efficiency goal is to save 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy on-site.
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