N.Y. Power Authority OK’s $2 Million in Funding for Electric-Drive Vehicles for Community-Owned Electric Utility Systems in Support of Governor Cuomo’s Clean Energy Goals

Maura Balaban

December 20, 2013

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WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has approved increased funding of $2-million to help municipal and rural electric cooperative systems in New York State purchase electric-drive vehicles for use in their municipal fleets. The financing, approved by NYPA trustees on Tuesday, will be offered as part of the Power Authority’s Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program, which provides financial assistance to New York municipal utilities to facilitate the replacement of less fuel-efficient vehicles in order to advance Governor Cuomo’s clean energy goals.

“The Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program presents an ideal opportunity for community-owned electric systems to become familiar with electric-drive vehicles, which are becoming more and more mainstream,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “This initiative, which is in line with Governor’s Cuomo strong support of clean transportation, provides an ideal way for participating electric systems to contribute to a cleaner environment without increasing the costs of doing business.”

We are grateful to Governor Cuomo for making this unique program available to our members,” said Paul Pallas, president, New York Association of Public Power. “These electric-drive vehicles complement our ongoing efforts to implement green technologies in our communities, and we look forward to incorporating these new, clean vehicles into the fleets of the towns and villages we represent.”

“Our community-owned utility member systems have worked with the New York Power Authority for many years to incorporate the best practices in clean energy technologies, including new and cleaner vehicles,” said Tony Modafferi, executive director, Municipal Electric Utilities Association. “We applaud Governor Cuomo for his emphasis on reducing carbon emissions across the state as well as his concern for keeping the costs of government down and we look forward to introducing these new cars into our fleets.”  

NYPA serves 47 municipal and four rural cooperative electric utility systems around the state, providing them with low-cost hydropower to help meet the electricity needs of their residents and businesses. NYPA also provides the community systems with an array of energy-efficiency services, in addition to the Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program.   

The program works by offsetting the additional purchase costs of clean-fueled vehicles and provides zero-interest financing. The funds made available for the purchase of these vehicles are recovered over the course of three years.

Among the electric and hybrid-electric vehicles now commercially available and offered for purchase under this program are the Ford Focus, Nissan Leaf and Honda Fit battery electric cars and the C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid cars.

The Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program is consistent with Governor Cuomo’s efforts to encourage the use of electric-drive vehicles in order to reduce air pollution, lower the cost of government and reduce dependence on imported oil.  

NYPA’s overall statewide Clean Transportation Program, including the Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program, has placed more than 1,300 hybrid and all-electric vehicles in the fleets of numerous towns, villages and cities across New York. Together, these vehicles have traveled more than 11 million miles.

The following municipal and rural electric cooperative systems are eligible to participate in the Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program:

City of Jamestown
City of Plattsburgh
City of Salamanca
City of Sherrill
Delaware County Electric Cooperative Inc.
Massena Electric Department
Oneida-Madison Electric Cooperative Inc.
Otsego Electric Cooperative Inc.
Steuben Rural Electric Cooperative Inc.
Village of Akron
Village of Andover
Village of Angelica
Village of Arcade
Village of Bath
Village of Bergen
Village of Boonville
Village of Brocton
Village of Castile
Village of Churchville
Village of Endicott
Village of Fairport
Village of Frankfort
Village of Freeport
Village of Green Island
Village of Greene
Village of Greenport
Village of Groton
Village of Hamilton
Village of Holley
Village of Ilion
Village of Lake Placid
Village of Little Valley
Village of Marathon
Village of Mayville
Village of Mohawk
Village of Penn Yan
Village of Philadelphia
Village of Richmondville
Village of Rockville Centre
Village of Rouses Point
Village of Sherburne
Village of Silver Springs
Village of Skaneateles
Village of Solvay
Village of Spencerport
Village of Springville
Village of Theresa
Village of Tupper Lake
Village of Watkins Glen
Village of Wellsville
Village of Westfield


About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020.■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information visit www.nypa.gov or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.