New York targets electric vehicle grid integration

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a $12 million initiative to support the integration of EVs and the grid. The target of this EV-grid integration is hard-to-decarbonise applications, such as heavy trucking and construction vehicles, as well as fleets and residential EV ownership.

The competitive program is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and aims to advance EV charging infrastructure and reduce grid integration costs. The governor’s office is now inviting projects to apply that focus on the development and demonstration of innovative, replicable solutions.

The projects that apply may be awarded up to $3 million each for product development and demonstrations of technologies and business models that “help reduce energy demand peaks and provide grid benefits through managed charging/discharging that will lower the overall cost of necessary electric grid infrastructure upgrades,” the New York State governor’s office has confirmed.

The initiative is expecting the completion of successful demonstrations that support the widespread deployment of EVs “as a beneficial asset to both EV owners and grid operators,” according to the New York State governor’s office.

Measures that will be supported will include those that focus on EVs with bi-directional charging, energy storage, and on-site energy generation and demonstrate medium- and heavy-duty vehicle electrification, either through fuel-cell or battery-electric EVs.

“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,” Governor Hochul said. “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.”

Concept papers are currently being accepted for consideration until 12 September coming up.  The governor’s office has said a second round of funding may be issued in early 2024 if all funds are not awarded in the first round.

At the end of last year, Governor Hochul announced $23 million in funding, including $15 mn for charging initiatives and another $8 mn for electric school and transit buses.

New York State has set a goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy-wide carbon neutrality. Its Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act aims to reduce carbon emissions by 85 per cent by 2050 and at least 35 per cent by, with a goal of 40 per cent of the benefits of clean energy investments directed to disadvantaged communities.


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