FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2023
City of Kingston Awarded $268,644 Grant for Fast-Charging EV Stations
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has received $268,644.54 from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Program for the installation of two fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations.
The charging stations, which will be installed in the public lot at 2 Broadway, will be direct current fast charger (DCFC) EV stations, that will be open to the public. The City of Kingston currently has a total of five locations with Level 2 EV chargers, with four more to come online in 2023. This new award will be the first municipal installation of Level 3 DCFC stations in Kingston. More on the City of Kingston charging stations here.
“I would like to thank Governor Hochul and the DEC for this EV infrastructure grant, which will help Kingston continue to lead municipal efforts to combat climate change,” said Mayor Noble. “We are excited to add our first fast-charging stations to our growing number of EV infrastructure across the City. As we work toward a green City fleet, we are also thrilled to offer this amenity to our community.”
“New York has made remarkable progress advancing our transition from fossil fuels and reducing harmful vehicle emissions statewide as part of our nation-leading climate agenda," Governor Hochul said. “Thanks to initiatives like the Municipal Zero-Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure grants, communities across New York State are taking bold action to protect the environment and tackle the climate crisis. We will continue to invest in clean energy to improve the health and quality of life of New Yorkers and ensure a safe and sustainable future.”
The transportation sector is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York, and these electric vehicle charging stations will help the state achieve the ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Governor Hochul’s announcement includes an EV infrastructure plan to build more than 1,300 charging stations across New York State in support of a full transition to a zero-emission State fleet.
Governor Hochul’s announcement can be found here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-more-83-million-municipalities-electric-vehicle-charging.
In New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s recent report on local governments adapting to climate change, Kingston scored very high, checking off all categories of measures to increase resiliency, which includes adopting building standards, initiating planning studies, and adopting zoning ordinances.
The City of Kingston is a leader in efforts to create a more energy-efficient and sustainable community. Kingston has taken a comprehensive approach to building a city that is equipped to meet modern challenges and embrace 21st century opportunities. The Sustainability Office manages the City’s environmental projects, initiatives, and programming, including energy, land use, climate adaptation and resiliency, transportation, recycling and environmental education. Current projects include Community Choice Aggregation, Organics Diversion, Community Preservation Planning, Waterfront Flooding Resiliency, Building Decarbonization and more. More information about the City of Kingston’s sustainability efforts at https://kingston-ny.gov/sustainability.