College, ChargePoint, National Grid, NYSERDA Cut Ribbon on New Electric Vehicle Charging Station at 113 West

By David Henahan, director of communications, Office of Communications and Government Relations

November 26, 2013

Empire State College President, Merodie Hancock opens electric vehicle charging station at 113 west with US Rep Paul Tonko and Director of Clean Energy Research, Mark Torpey. U.S. Rep., Paul D. Tonko (D-N.Y.), a former NYSERDA president and CEO; Merodie A. Hancock, president, Empire State College; Mark Torpey, director of clean energy research and market development for NYSERDA; Andrew Balmuth, sales director, ChargePoint; and William Flaherty, director of customer and community management at National Grid celebrated a public/private partnership to provide electric vehicle charging station infrastructure throughout New York state at 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs on Nov. 1. EV owners were invited to fill up at the station immediately after the ribbon cutting. (Photo at right: Representative Paul Tonko, President Merodie Hancock and Mayor Scott Johnson)

NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation established to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources and protecting the environment.

ChargePoint, the world’s largest and most open EV network, has revolutionized EV charging to make owning EV charging stations easier and more affordable than ever with no upfront costs. ChargePoint will deploy more than 80 EV charging stations throughout New York state, 67 of which will be located in National Grid’s service area in upstate New York, thanks to a $1 million award from NYSERDA. 

New York is laying the foundation to be the next big state for electric vehicles. There are more than 3,000 registered electric vehicles in New York state alone and public EV infrastructure is necessary for the adoption of electric vehicles. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Charge NY initiative calls for ramping up investment in EV charging stations around the state.

Elements of Charge NY include:

  • $50M over five years to help install more than more than 3,000 public and workplace charging stations
  • Public Service Commission: Reform regulations, time-of-use rates, utility rebates, clarifying ownership and pricing, streamlining permits
  • state fleet demonstrations.

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Did You Know...

Empire State College will be minimally staffed Wednesday, Nov. 27. Please check with local centers to find out if services for students will be available on that day.

The college is closed for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, and will not be open to serve the public on Friday, Nov. 29.

The technology helpdesk and the library are open Sunday, Dec. 1, from 1-9 p.m. EST as usual.

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