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County Executive Unveils Electric Vehicle Fleet, Charge Stations

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018 11:41 AM

Continues Efforts to Make Albany County Greenest in NYS

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today unveiled a fleet of four state-of-the-art, fully electric vehicles for municipal use along with Level 2 charging stations for municipal and public use.

Charging stations for the new electric vehicles have been installed on the first floor of the Times Union Center Parking Garage and additional stations for public use have been placed on the second and third floors with designated parking spaces and free charging for up to one year.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face and the decisions we make today will affect our children and future generations,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “Transportation in this country is now the greatest contributor to carbon emissions and today’s announcement builds on Albany County’s commitment to cleaner air, a better quality of life and a more sustainable future for our residents.”

In May of 2017, Albany County was designated a “Clean Energy Community” by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for its progress in reducing energy consumption and reducing the cost of renewable energy for residents, making it the first community in the Capital Region to earn the recognition. This was part of a $16 million initiative spearheaded by Governor Cuomo to support local governments as New York moves towards sourcing half its electricity from renewables by 2030.

Efforts included adopting energy consumption benchmarks for county buildings for future reduction plans, installing six electric vehicle-charging stations at the Albany County Airport and establishing the Energize New York Finance Program that enables long-term, affordable financing for renewable energy projects for businesses and non-profits. These actions made the County eligible for a grant of $250,000 from NYSERDA, which it received.

“Congratulations to Albany County for taking action to transform to a cleaner transportation fleet which will help reduce its carbon footprint and reduce harmful greenhouse emissions,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Governor Cuomo’s clean energy strategy is enabling municipal and community leaders across New York State to lead by example in the effort to cut costs, reduce energy consumption and help protect the environment.”

“In order to win the fight against climate change, we need to focus on transportation and the harmful pollution it creates. Today’s announcement demonstrates how municipalities can and must lead by example in order to protect the health and well-being of the citizens they serve,” said Conor Bambrick, Air & Energy Director at Environmental Advocates of New York. “I commend County Executive McCoy’s leadership for putting Albany on the road to a clean and modern transportation future.”

The transportation sector of the United States is now the single leading contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, producing 1.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually, compared to 1.8 billion tons coming from the electric power sector which is increasingly deriving its energy from renewable sources.

In making the landmark announcement, County Executive McCoy was also joined by SMG and Times Union Center General Manager Bob Belber, the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, Climate Action Associates and members of the Albany County Legislature.

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