New York State Announces Listening Sessions on Clean Transportation

10 Aug 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced seven listening sessions in locations across the state to help advance a cleaner, safer, and more reliable low-carbon transportation future. In his 2018 State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed DEC, DOT, and NYSERDA to advance the State's transportation future by sponsoring a series of discussions with key stakeholders to promote a public conversation around low-carbon transportation policy development.

The clean transportation listening sessions are designed to engage stakeholders with diverse interests and concerns in discussion of the economic and social considerations for deploying clean transportation options, opportunities to enhance environmental and public health benefits through a modernized transportation system, how innovative, low-carbon transportation can enhance quality of life and boost economic competitiveness, and what policies and programs may help advance a clean transportation future.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "With Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York is leading the way in the fight to reduce climate-altering emissions, including our bold commitment to electric vehicles. In addition to our full commitment to fight the extremely irresponsible rollbacks proposed by the federal government, we are working with other states and key stakeholders to maintain our stringent emission standards-ensuring we continue to protect the health of New Yorkers while attracting the clean energy jobs of tomorrow. Emissions from cars and trucks are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York-more than one third of the state's total. This policy discussion is crucial to maintaining momentum toward the Governor's ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gases 40 percent by 2030."

In his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo also directed New York State agencies to collaborate with other states participating in the regional Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) to evaluate potential regional approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. In support of that effort, the TCI states have held four stakeholder meetings this year, including sessions attended by approximately 300 stakeholders in Albany and New York City. The stakeholder meetings announced today complement that effort.

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "Governor Cuomo is again taking the lead when the federal government fails to protect its citizens. The State Department of Transportation is pleased to be part of this effort, joining with other agencies and stakeholders to identify transportation enhancements that will facilitate economic growth and improve air quality for decades to come."

NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton said, "Governor Cuomo has made reducing harmful emissions from the transportation sector a priority as part of his nation-leading clean energy agenda, and the time for these Listening Sessions could not be more crucial given the proposed federal rollback on fuel efficiency standards. We have seen in New York an increasing number of consumers choosing cleaner transportation alternatives as part of the state's comprehensive approach to tackling climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We look forward to working with interested stakeholders who have a commitment like we do to building a cleaner transportation infrastructure that will help preserve our environment for decades to come."

Transportation Listening Sessions are scheduled for:

Hudson Valley
August 13, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz Student Union Multipurpose Room, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561
REGISTER - https://bit.ly/2NTkyHG

Western New York
August 16, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Erie Community College North Campus Cafeteria, 6205 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221
REGISTER for a.m. - https://conta.cc/2ApQXEb
REGISTER for p.m. - https://conta.cc/2v5zED5

Central New York
August 21, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
DestiNY USA, 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse, NY 13204
REGISTER for a.m. - https://conta.cc/2mWWisV
REGISTER for p.m. - https://conta.cc/2ACRH99

New York City
August 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
BioBAT (New York Science and Technology Center at Brooklyn Army Terminal)
140 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Registration information for the New York City listening session and the date and location for the Long Island listening session will be announced soon.

The listening sessions build on New York State's comprehensive, multi-agency clean transportation efforts to make EVs more affordable and accessible, and helps accelerate Governor Cuomo's ambitious Reforming the Energy Visionstrategy to lead the fight against climate change and grow New York's economy by building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system.

Governor Cuomo recently announced a new $250 million electric vehicle expansion initiative, EVolve NY, with the New York Power Authority. In addition to state funding, the program will also seek to create private sector partnerships through 2025 to aggressively accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles throughout New York State. This commitment helps accelerate the Governor's Charge NY 2.0 program to launch 10,000 EV charging stations by 2021.

In March 2017, Governor Cuomo launched the state's Drive Clean Rebateprogram. Administered by NYSERDA, the program provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid or battery electric car from participating new car dealers. More than 6,600 New Yorkers have received rebates in the past year for 35 different types of cars. Overall, most consumers received rebates of at least $1,100 for their new electric cars. This initiative played a central role in incentivizing the purchase of more than 10,000 electric cars in 2017, a 67 percent increase over 2016.

Since Charge NY was launched in 2013, the number of public charging stations has grown to more than 2,000 statewide. This new expansion plan puts New York within reach of the Governor's 2018 goal of 3,000 charging stations across the state. These infrastructure enhancements also support New York's leadership role in the multi-state, zero-emission vehicle plan that calls for electric vehicle sales to reach approximately 800,000 by 2025 in New York.

Governor Cuomo's 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda is continuing progress toward reducing emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants and advancing clean energy technologies through unprecedented investments in offshore wind, solar, energy storage, and energy efficiency, while spurring market development and creating jobs across the state.

Reforming the Energy Vision | rev.ny.gov