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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Activated in Kingston, NY Municipal Lots

Kingston, N.Y. – Mayor Steve Noble recently announced the installation and activation of three new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, the first installed on City property. The charging stations were installed by the City’s Department of Public Works with the assistance of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC). Each charging station allows for two vehicles to charge at any given time.

“We’ve made great progress in our efforts to build a sustainable, resilient community and this is yet another step in the right direction,” said Mayor Noble. “Thanks to the support of NYS DEC and coordination within our City departments, we were able to add this new amenity at no cost to City taxpayers.”

In 2017 the City of Kingston became the first city in New York to be designated a Clean Energy Community. To earn the designation, the city completed the following high-impact actions:

  • Establishing a Clean Fleet by adding electric vehicles (EV) to the city fleet.
  • Implementing a Benchmarking initiative that establishes a policy of data collection on energy use in municipal buildings to identify opportunities to cut energy waste.
  • Establishing the Energize NY Finance program, a loan to help commercial and non-profit property owners to tackle energy upgrades and renewable energy projects. The loan is repaid through a special charge on the property tax bill.
  • Earning Climate Smart Community certification.

“We are pleased to offer this new opportunity for visitors and residents to have access to important EV infrastructure,” said Julie Noble, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Kingston. “In addition, we are excited to be actively retrofitting our city sedan fleet to more efficient vehicles. Each of these steps we take is for a better environment in the near and long term, while also saving the City and taxpayers dollars. It’s a win-win.”

The City has purchased numerous Zero Emission Vehicles since 2016 and has received rebate funding of $5,000 per vehicle for 4 vehicles from the NYS DEC. Additional charging stations are set to be installed in 2019.

For additional information:
Julie Noble
Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator, City of Kingston
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