Back in June, New York’s legislature – the State Assembly & State Senate – passed a “Right-to-Charge” bill, which would prohibit condominiums, home-owners associations (HOAs) and the like from unreasonably restricting the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The bill, however, sat there until yesterday, when it was finally delivered to the Governor for his signature. Also yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded on Twitter offering to help New York Times best-selling author Nnedi Okorafor. Ms. Okorafor had tweeted on November 1 that her HOA had turned down her request. Coincidence or not, New Yorkers shouldn’t rejoice quite yet. Under New York rules, because the legislature is not currently in session, if Governor Andrew Cuomo fails to sign the bill in the next 29 days, the effect is the same as if he vetoed the bill.
New York Stories November 27
New York Stories August 23
“The batteries on this bus go bi-directional!” That’s what kids in White Plains School District, just north of New York City, can boast this back-to-school season. The kids already enjoyed riding five clean, quiet all-electric Lion C-type Electric School Buses last school year, and now those same buses have been fitted with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) tech to allow the bus to serve as backup stationary storage for the grid when parked. As with most things electric, the east coast is following California’s lead, where kids in the Torrance Unified School Districts began breathing easy on V2G electric school buses in 2016. expand full story
New York Stories July 23
The five commissioners making up the State of New York’s Public Service Commission, which oversees utilities in the state, have told Tesla that unless it opens up its Supercharger network to other vehicles, its stations will get no relief from demand charges on the electricity rates they pay. Instead, only newly built stations that use “commonly accepted non-proprietary standardized plug-types” will get relief.
The commissioners clarified that Tesla could continue to offer its proprietary plug, but would have to offer equally powerful non-proprietary plugs at the same spot to get rate relief. This means that Tesla’s made-in-Buffalo V3 Superchargers will be discriminated against in their home state.
New York Stories June 24
In today’s EGEB:
- New Jersey regulators give the go-ahead for the largest offshore wind farm in the US.
- An “avian incident” took out most of a California solar farm’s generating capacity.
- Carbon-free sources will generate more electricity than fossil fuels in the UK this year.
- A look at what’s needed to meet New York’s future solar needs.
New York Stories June 19
New York lawmakers have agreed to pass the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CCPA), an ambitious bill that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050, with the rest of the state’s emissions offset by other projects for “net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy.”
New York Stories May 10
New York state is on track to close its last remaining coal-fired power plants by the end of 2020 after adopting final regulations that require state power plants to meet new, stricter CO2 emissions limits.
New York Stories May 8
Mack Trucks has introduced its Mack LR all-electric refuse truck, which it plans to test on the streets of New York City in 2020.
New York Stories May 1
A group of New York legislators are grouping together a number of recently proposed bills into one initiative which aims to expand electric vehicle ownership in the state, through exemptions for state sales tax and registration fees on EV purchases.
New York Stories April 25
In today’s EGEB:
- A new type of silicon could be a boon to solar power.
- Rhode Island gets funding for offshore wind education.
- New York announces its third solicitation for large-scale renewable projects.
- A US furniture chain invests in rooftop solar.
New York Stories April 24
In today’s EGEB:
- A solar farm in Argentina demonstrates the dominance of Chinese solar.
- NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority announces a rooftop solar initiative.
- Tanzania aims to ramp up renewable energy in a big way.
- Johns Hopkins will fulfill about two-thirds of its electricity needs through solar power.