Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions - August 22, 2023
Bronx, NY Receives Funding for Clean Transportation Projects
Governor Kathy Hochul announced a $10 million commitment for clean transportation initiatives in the Bronx, such as funding for zero-emission school buses, all-electric mobility options, and electric vehicle charging stations.
The announcement supports the State's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal to reduce GHG emissions 85% by 2050 and the State’s transition to zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure with all new passenger cars, school buses and trucks sold to be zero-emissions by 2035.
“Our transformative investments in the Bronx are changing the lives of New Yorkers for the better by reducing air pollution, excessive noise, truck traffic, and clogged roadways,” Governor Hochul said in a statement. "We’re creating easier and more direct access to Hunts Point while simultaneously investing in our clean transportation future. These combined efforts will enhance the safety and public health of the community and further the tremendous momentum for growth we are seeing in the South Bronx.”
The programs will be implemented under current and future funding opportunities available through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) later in 2023.
NYSERDA will allocate $3 million from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction proceeds and the State's 10-year, $6 billion Clean Energy Fund to help implement all-electric mobility options that connect residents to transit by investing in community-identified solutions and demonstration projects. The programs will build on previous innovative transportation initiatives to build electrification and mobility options, such as the New York Clean Transportation Prizes funded through the Public Service Commission (PSC). The additional clean transportation funding opportunities for the Bronx and disadvantaged communities throughout New York State will be available through the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act, which includes $500 million to help school districts transition to zero-emission buses.
NYPA will dedicate $2 million under its EVolveNY initiative, a high-speed, open-access charging network that has installed fast chargers in key locations along primary travel corridors and in urban areas to make it easier for more New Yorkers to drive EVs.
DPS anticipates $1 million in EV Make-Ready incentives could be leveraged to support a total of 1,400 kW of fast charging at two locations.
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