NYPA and Albany Parking Authority Press Release

Albany Parking Authority, NYPA and the City of Albany Unveil New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Albany Parking Garages
 

For Immediate Release 

November 26, 2019

Contact: Lynne Smith | 914-681-6916 | Lynne.Smith@nypa.gov

The installation of 11 new charging stations marks the latest initiative by the City to advance its energy, climate and sustainability efforts.

 

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Parking Authority joined the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the City of Albany officials today to unveil new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on top of the Riverfront Garage and express a long-term commitment to sustainability and support of carbon-free transportation.  Eleven new EV charging stations are now available for public use in all three Albany Parking Authority garages downtown and are a continuation of the steps the Albany Parking Authority has made to be environmentally conscious and innovative with their operations.

 

“We are proud to continue to provide environmentally friendly, energy efficient and innovative parking methods and solutions. The new electric vehicle charging stations located in our parking garages are proof positive of this promise, and we thank the New York Power Authority for helping fund this project and the City for being an energy smart city. We look forward to advancing even more environmental initiatives in the future through continued innovation and collaboration,” said Albany Parking Authority Executive Director Matthew Peter. 

 

NYPA installed a total of 19 level 2 chargers in the Riverfront, Green-Hudson and Quackenbush garages.  The $314,000 project was primarily funded through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Five Cities race-to-the-top clean energy program, which is designed to help New York’s largest cities reduce their carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency.  Additional support was provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.   

 

“Since taking office, Albany has been raising the bar by setting new goals for our City to reduce our energy consumption and minimize our carbon footprint,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Installing these EV charging stations in a convenient Downtown location is yet another example of how we can all work together to combat climate change – not only in our city, but across our State. Thank you to the Albany Parking Authority and the New York Power Authority for their partnership and dedication to sustainability.”

 

“The City of Albany is leading by example when it comes to taking initiative to develop a more sustainable transportation system,” said NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones.  “Through Governor Cuomo’s Charge NY program, the installation of public charging infrastructure is a key step in accelerating the development and use of electric vehicles within the state and reducing our overall carbon footprint.  NYPA is pleased to be a partner in encouraging Albany area drivers to join the evolution in embracing a greener and cleaner way to drive.

 

Last year, the Albany Parking Authority installed new parking meters across the city that are partially powered using solar energy. Also, the Authority invested in energy efficient LED lighting in their parking garages and will be implementing more changes to offset their carbon footprint. With the new EV charging stations, the Albany Parking Authority, with the help of NYPA and its installation vendor EVConnect, is promoting the adoption of energy efficient vehicles by making it easier and more convenient for drivers to charge up.  This builds on the Albany Parking Authority’s promise to seek ways to not only be environmentally conscious in their parking technology but to also support their customers who have chosen energy efficient transportation vehicles. The effort also expands on NYPA’s Evolve NY program, which is installing a fast-charging network on traffic corridors and in urban hubs across the state.

 

“The new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the Albany Parking Authority’s parking garages will offer industry-leading charging access and allow more residents to enjoy the benefits of owning an electric vehicle.” said Assemblymember John McDonald. “This advancement in energy efficient technology will provide the community with even more environmentally friendly options. Thank you to the Albany Parking Authority, the New York Power Authority and  the City of Albany for their hard work and collaboration in seeing this project to fruition.”

 

“I commend the New York Power Authority, the Albany Parking Authority and the City of Albany for their progress in creating the infrastructure necessary for energy efficient transportation,” said Senator Neil Breslin. “I know this is the beginning of many beneficial changes to move Albany into a fully sustainable future."

 

“I commend the Albany Parking Authority and the New York State Power Authority for making more electric vehicle infrastructure a reality,” said Assemblymember Patricia Fahy. “Reducing ‘range anxiety’ when it comes to charging stations is key to incentivizing greater electric vehicle ownership and reducing the transportation sector’s large share of greenhouse gas emissions. ‘Electrifying’ our transportation infrastructure must continue to be a key part of local and state government initiatives in the fight against climate change.”

 

 

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About the Albany Parking Authority

The Albany Parking Authority’s mission is to provide secure, convenient and affordable parking in support of economic development in the City of Albany. The Albany Parking Authority manages more than 5,000 parking spaces to serve those that live, work or visit New York’s Capital. The Authority was established in 1983 and is authorized to construct, operate and maintain city public parking facilities. The Authority receives no tax support.

 

About NYPA

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  More than 80 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower.  NYPA 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.  For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.