NY Allocates $100 Million for Zero-Emission School Buses - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources  -  October 4, 2023

NY Allocates $100 Million for Zero-Emission School Buses

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $100 million will be allocated on a statewide basis for zero-emission school buses in the first round of funding available for these buses under the $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. 

School districts and bus operators statewide will be able to phase out fossil fuel buses, curb emissions, and make zero-emission buses more affordable. 

"The commitment of public funds and guidance released today puts New York State schools and bus operators on a trajectory to embrace clean transportation and the benefits that it will bring,” Governor Hochul said in a statement. “Zero-emission buses will become a hallmark, not only transporting students through our communities, but also demonstrating the promise and possibility of a healthier, environmentally friendly, low-carbon future for our youngest citizens.”

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) released the program rules and began the pre-application process through which bus manufacturers and dealers can apply to qualify for the New York School Bus Incentive Program (NYSBIP). 

The NYSBIP is a New York State-wide point-of-sale incentive program that provides discounts to eligible school bus fleet operators that purchase zero-emission battery electric (BEV) or hydrogen fuel cell electric (FCEV) school buses and the charging infrastructure.

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