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Assemblywoman Amy Paulin's Clean-Energy Vehicle Bill Passes

A clean-energy vehicle charging bill has been approved by the state assembly.
A clean-energy vehicle charging bill has been approved by the state assembly. Photo Credit: Contributed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- A clean-energy vehicle charging bill by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin of Scarsdale has passed the State Assembly.

Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie and Energy Committee Chair Paulin announced the legislation. It would "incentivize the purchase and use of electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and hydrogen vehicles by requiring the state’s largest electric utilities to offer a rate structure for vehicle battery charging," said the release.

“My hope is that through the provisions of this bill the Public Service Commission and the utilities will work together to design rates that utilize the state’s renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, in order to encourage the purchase of clean vehicles,” said Heastie.

“The increased use of clean vehicles would reduce significantly the state’s carbon footprint, help improve the quality of our environment and prevent or mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

“Clean vehicles have the potential to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions,” said Paulin.

“If customers are encouraged to charge these vehicles during the times when renewable energy is most prevalent, we can ensure they are at or near carbon neutral. I am hopeful that the Public Service Commission and utilities will approve rate structures that incentivize the growth of clean vehicles while promoting green energy production statewide.”

Under the bill, the state’s combination gas and electric corporations would be required to file a tariff with the Public Service Commission (PSC) that would allow residential utility customers to purchase electricity for the exclusive purpose of vehicle charging, said the release.

The legislation would provide the PSC with the flexibility to establish pricing incentives that could factor into the production of renewable energy resources, including solar and wind, which produce electricity at different periods of the day.

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