A Capital District Clean Communities Coalition Update: Electric Vehicles, Conference and Internship Opportunities!
The Capital District Clean Communities Coalition (CDCC) is getting a makeover. We are currently working with Zone 5 to redesign our website and logo. The new and improved website will be a tool where you can find the nearest alternative fuel station, compare the cost of new vehicles, research alternative fuels by type and learn about how our stakeholders are helping us work towards our energy independence goals.
CDCC has been working with the Georgetown Transportation & Climate Initiative, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and 16 Clean Cities Coalitions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States on the Northeast Electric Vehicle Planning Study. The Study looked at the barriers and opportunities for widespread electric vehicle (EV) rollout in the Northeast. Various documents were developed through the study including a Literature Review, Guidance Documents on codes and regulations tailored for local governments, utilities, developers, etc. and an educational brochure for the public. The final study documents can be found on the Noreast EV Planning Study website. Public outreach on EVs is a continual effort and anyone interested in coordinating an EV outreach event should email Jennifer Ceponis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More and more EV charging stations are going in the ground across the Capital Region thanks to NYSERDA’s EVSE Demonstration Program. The number of public charging stations is expected to go from just 3 to at least 53 this Spring! Additionally, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Chu announced the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge to encourage employers to sign a pledge to increase the availability of public charging stations at the workplace, which could essentially double an EV owner’s all-electric communting range. CDCC is reaching out to local governments and employers to help them implement EV-friendly policies. This summer, with the help of an intern (internship program through the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program), the CDCC plans on initiating a regional EV Readiness Plan with the help of an EV Collaborative.
The CDCC has partnered with the Capital District Transportation Committee and the Albany Airport Authority to host an all-day conference on April 24 at the Airport Observation Deck called Freight & Fuels: Planning for Green Goods Movement. The focus of the conference is on topics where freight movement and alternative fuels overlap. There’s a great line up of speakers and presentations, including a welcome from Congressman Tonko and a keynote on the Effect of Post Panamax Ships from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Registration is open and there are opportunities for vendors and sponsors.