$12 Million in Funds to Support EV Adoption, Better Grid Integration

J.M. Lesinski

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently celebrated the unveiling of a new $12 million initiative supporting the development of new electric vehicle innovations and integration solutions to the current electric grid, supporting New York state’s dedicated transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

“As New York continues to advance toward a zero-emission future, it’s imperative that we continue to improve the affordability of clean transportation ownership as we scale up a resilient and reliable energy grid,” Hochul remarked of the initiative. “This $12 million initiative offers an innovative way to do both — exploring and supporting options for vehicle charging infrastructure that also provides energy back to the grid. We are committed to making it possible for both residents and companies to transition to owning and charging electric vehicles — building a greener future for all.”

To be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the initiative seeks to advance EV charging infrastructure, reduce grid integration costs, improve EV ownership economics for both residential customers and commercial fleets, fund research on widespread deployment innovations, and demonstrate both medium- and heavy-duty vehicle electrification success.

"Electrifying medium-heavy duty vehicles can provide enormous environmental and community benefits, but lengthy interconnection delays are already slowing this transition,” stated Dakoury Godo-Solo, Project Manager, Electric Vehicle Charging Systems at Environmental Defense Fund of the initiative. “This funding, together with efforts ongoing at the Public Service Commission, has tremendous potential to support the deployment of innovative charging solutions and business models to minimize grid impacts, speeding interconnections and lowering costs to the benefit of electric vehicle owners and ratepayers alike.”

Awards will be made in up to $3 million sums each and will be chosen based on determined need and submission of concept papers by 3:00 p.m. sharp on September 12, 2023. More information is available on NYSERDA’s website.

“Integrating electric vehicles with the grid gives new meaning to the saying, ‘it’s a two-way street’ with energy flowing in both directions and vehicles increasingly becoming an asset to the grid,” NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris commented of the initiative. ”Through this initiative, we are driving the development of technology solutions and research that will advance a cleaner grid and cleaner air, while improving the economics of electrifying the transportation sector."

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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