Gov. Hochul signs legislation to speed up New York’s transition to clean transportation

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation today that will spur clean transportation efforts by removing barriers to installing electric vehicle charging stations on private property. The legislation will prevent homeowners associations from banning homeowners from installing charging stations on their private property while allowing the associations to contribute to the installation process. By making it easier for New Yorkers to switch to electric vehicles, this legislation will contribute to New York State’s goal of having 850,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025 and all new passenger vehicles being zero-emission by 2035.

“We are driving New York’s clean transit transition by removing barriers to owning and charging an electric vehicle,” said Governor Hochul. “It’s not enough to encourage New Yorkers to buy electric vehicles – we need to build a green infrastructure that encourages New Yorkers to choose cleaner, more environmentally friendly modes of transportation. My administration will continue to advance our zero-emission transportation goals, and this legislation will benefit our climate and the health of our communities for generations to come.”

Legislation (S.8518A /A.6165A) will help remove barriers to installing EV charging stations on private property. Increasing adoption of electric vehicles is essential for New York to meet emissions targets, but without a robust network of charging stations, New Yorkers could be deterred from seeing electric vehicles as viable alternatives to gas-powered vehicles. This legislation will prevent homeowners associations from banning homeowners from installing charging stations on their private property, while allowing the associations to contribute to the installation process. The new law requires that any refusal of a homeowner’s application to install an electric vehicle charger must be in writing and include a detailed description of the reasons for the refusal. If the Homeowner does not receive written refusal within 60 days, the application will be deemed approved unless the delay in approval is due to a reasonable request from the Homeowners Association for additional information.

State Senator Michelle Hinchey said: “It’s easier for New Yorkers to own an electric vehicle to help fight the climate crisis locally and meet our state’s zero-emission transportation goals. I’m incredibly proud to partner with Assemblyman Harvey Epstein to sponsor legislation that will expand home charging infrastructure and help keep New York at the forefront of a clean energy future. I thank Governor Hochul for signing my bill into law and for her strong commitment to achieving the goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.”

Assembly member Harvey Epstein said: “In New York, we are setting ambitious goals for the introduction of electric vehicles. This is part of our strategy to reduce emissions as mandated by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. But in order to make the switch, we need to make sure we have the right infrastructure to recharge. Our legislation makes it easier for New Yorkers to switch to electric vehicles by removing barriers homeowners may face when attempting to install an electric vehicle charger at home. Thank you to Governor Hochul for recognizing the urgency of increasing EV adoption.”

This legislation will help advance New York State’s goal of achieving 850,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025 and having all new passenger vehicles zero-emissions by 2035. New York is driving these goals forward through a number of initiatives including EV Make Ready, EVolve NY, the Drive Clean Rebate, the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program and Charge NY. These efforts contributed to a record increase in the number of EVs sold in New York in 2021, bringing the total number of EVs on the streets to more than 114,000 as of September 2022 and the number of charging stations in the state to more than 10,000, including Level 2 and fast chargers.

New York State’s nationally leading climate plan

New York State’s state-leading climate agenda is the nation’s most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues to foster a green economy as New York State recovers from COVID-19 Pandemic. New York, enshrined in law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, is on track to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emissions electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to increase clean energy, including over $35 billion in 120 large-scale renewable energy and transmission projects statewide, $6.8 billion to reduce building emissions, 1.8 $1 billion in solar expansion; more than $1 billion in clean energy transportation initiatives; and over $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Together, these investments support nearly 158,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector in 2020, 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011, and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on these advances and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels, while ensuring that at least 35 percent, with a target of 40 percent, of the benefits of clean energy investments go to disadvantaged Communities are flowing, and driving progress toward the state’s 2025 energy efficiency goal of reducing on-site energy use by 185 trillion BTUs in end-use energy savings.

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