Monday, July 30, 2018

An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Last week, Hawthorne Valley announced the installation of six destination charging stations for electric vehicles located on lamp posts in the middle of the school parking lot. The stations are available for public use, free of charge, and were installed in partnership with Tesla.

It may be time for the City of Hudson to consider installing electric vehicle charging stations in some of its parking lots. There was talk of doing so a year ago, when then First Ward alderman Michael O'Hara wanted the City to apply for a NYSERDA Clean Vehicle Infrastructure grant. Installing the charging stations was to be one of the four "High Impact Action Items" that would qualify Hudson to become a Clean Energy Community and get some grant money.  

Last year, the EV charging station initiative stalled, as did the effort to make Hudson a Clean Energy Community. But this year, Rich Volo (Fourth Ward) took up the cause, and, at the July Common Council meeting, he announced that the City had completed four of the ten "High Impact Action Items" and would now be considered a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Agency). EV charging stations were not among the four items that qualified Hudson for this status.  

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