New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the release of a draft amendment to the 1990 Final Campground & Day-Use Area Generic Unit Management Plan for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations.
DEC is inviting the public to comment on the draft amendment, which will guide siting, construction, and management of EV charging stations at DEC campgrounds and day-use areas. The comment period runs through September 30, 2018.
The New York Power Authority is currently installing 400 public chargers at airports, train stations, and municipal parking lots and, as recently announced, high-speed chargers have been installed on the New York State Thruway, with more planned for the remaining 23 service areas between New York City and Buffalo.
In March 2017, the state’s Drive Clean Rebate program began. Administered by NYSERDA, the program provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid or battery electric car from participating new car dealers. This initiative played a central role in incentivizing the purchase of more than 10,000 electric cars in 2017, a 67 percent increase over 2016.
DEC manages 51 campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill parks with more than 1 million camper nights each season. The campgrounds and five special use areas at Lake George Beach, Prospect Mountain Highway, Hinckley Reservoir Picnic Area, Fourth Lake Picnic Area, and Lake George Battlefield Picnic Area also receive nearly 400,000 day-use visitors annually.
The draft amendment is posted on DEC’s webpage. Copies of the draft amendment also may be obtained by calling (518) 457-2500.
Public comments on the draft amendment will be accepted through September 30, 2018, and can be submitted by mail or email to: Josh Houghton, NYS DEC Bureau of Recreation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5253, Email: [email protected]