Gov. Cuomo announces available funding for clean transportation and climate change

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday there’s $3 million in available funding for New York municipalities to purchase or lease, zero emission vehicles.

The rebates will be provided through the $300 million Environmental Protection Fund investment in the FY 2017 State Budget.

This will help New York meet its commitment of putting 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the roads in participating states by 2025.

The commitment from the EPF will assist in progressing with cleaner transportation and combating climate change.

The rebates will advance the State’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent under Gov. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy.

“New York is a leader in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help reduce our carbon footprint by creating climate-resilient communities and is another step toward a cleaner, greener and more sustainable New York for all.”

The rebate program will be managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation through the NYS Grants Gateway.

According to the Governor’s Office, municipalities will be eligible for reimbursement up to $5,000 per vehicle for purchase or leasing of eligible clean vehicles, and up to $250,000 per facility for the installation of eligible hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure.

DEC will accept applications for rebates on a first-come, first-served basis through March 31, 2017, or until the funds are spent.

Municipalities that purchase a new clean vehicle on or after April 1, 2016 are eligible for the rebate. A total of up to $750,000 will be available for clean vehicle rebates.

Additionally, a total of up to $1,250,000 will be available for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment infrastructure and a total of up to $1,000,000 will be available for hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure.

New York is proceeding other opportunities for consumers and local governments to reduce transportation emissions.

The Climate Smart Communities program will host a webinar on Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the ways New York is supporting municipalities’ efforts to increase the use of ZEVs.

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