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Electric car charging stations legislation passes through Senate

Legislation that would preempt the Public Service Commission from regulating electric-car charging stations was approved by the state Senate recently, Sen. George Maziarz said.
Maziarz, R-Newfane, sponsors the legislation.
Recently, the Legislature approved the Charge NY Program as part of the 2013-14 budget. By its passage, Charge NY will install 360 electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid charging stations across New York.
The first of these stations was recently opened in Colonie, with the goal that there will be a statewide network of up to 3,000 stations over the next several years, putting up to 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road.
Upon passage of similar legislation in California in 2010-11, controversy erupted when that state’s Public Utility Commission considered regulating charging stations under its authority in order to have oversight of corporations involved in the stations. New York State’s PSC similarly commenced a proceeding and is considering enacting regulations over companies that want to expand the availability of electric car charging stations.
Maziarz said his legislation would ensure that companies that want to partner with the state in constructing, maintaining and operating electric-vehicle charging stations can implement their innovative technologies “with a sense of regulatory surety.”


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