Assembly Passes Legislation to Facilitate Building EV Fast Charging Stations in New York

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Didi Barrett today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation requiring that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) create a comprehensive plan to ensure electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations are readily available across the state (A.8869).

“The Assembly Majority is committed to building a cleaner, greener future for our state,” Speaker Heastie said. “Having a comprehensive plan to build fast charging EV stations across our state will create the infrastructure necessary as more New Yorkers choose EVs, while reducing emissions and moving toward a greener, more environmentally friendly New York.”

“With more and more people switching to electric vehicles, it is critical that we ensure New York has the infrastructure and capacity to support this shift,” Assemblymember Barrett said. “Having NYSERDA create a comprehensive EV fast charging station implementation plan will help us meet our ambitious climate goals, while getting New Yorkers where they need to go.”

The legislation requires NYSERDA, together with the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Public Service and the Fast Charge NY Working Group to prepare a comprehensive EV fast charging station implementation plan. The plan, which will be updated annually, will facilitate the building of fast charging EV stations across New York State.

The bill also establishes the Fast Charge NY Working Group, which will include two members from: statewide municipal organizations, environmental justice groups, statewide environmental groups, public utilities and charging station developers. Five members will be appointed by the governor, four members by the temporary president of the Senate and four members by the speaker of the Assembly.