NYSERDA directs $5 million towards efficiency in transportation


The New York Energy Research and Development Authority has announced $5 million in grant funding towards research and development of technologies to improve energy efficiency in the transportation industry.

The funding will be directed towards innovative clean transportation technologies and strategies to improve operations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for public transit systems.

The public transit systems include buses, rail and transit operations.

The funding indicates efforts by the state to achieve the 40% carbon emission reduction target set by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The goal is to be achieved by 2030.

The funding will be issued in two competitive processes.

The first process requires that applicants submit concept papers of technical feasibility studies on how to reduce transit agency expenses, fuel consumption among buses and the amount of electricity required to power trains.

NYSERDA wants the concept papers to include details on how parties plan to engage in new product development and to demonstrate technologies and business models.

Submitting of the concept papers is due August 7.

The second phase will see NYSERDA review the papers and provide funding which shortlisted candidates will use to implement their proposals.

The funding is being sourced from the state’s 10 year-old, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund, in which a total of $18.5 million will be directed towards increasing efficiency in the public transit systems sector through to 2022.

Efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions in the transport industry in New York include the state’s Drive Clean Rebate programme, which provides residents with up to $2,000 for the purchase of electric vehicles. Since the launch, more than 6,600 New York residents have received rebates totaling more than $7.5 million.

The state governor has recently announced $250 million in funding to accelerate the development of EV charging infrastructure.

Under the Governor’s Charge NY 2.0 initiative, at least 10,000 charging stations will be made available and the state will expand clean fuel corridors so clean cars can travel throughout New York’s interstate system and recharge at convenient locations.

The programme builds upon Charge NY, which was launched in 2013 and has a target to put 30,000 to 40,000 electric cars on the road by the end of 2018.